HRAC Newsletter - October 2016 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 10/16/16 Kickball:  Alumni vs Students -1:00 pm @ CNU, Ferguson Lawn
  • 10/23/16 Iota Pi MidCourt  -11:00 am @ CNU, David Student Union
  • 11/13/16 Iota Pi Court of Honor  -11:00 am @ CNU, David Student Union


Quote of the Month

"If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."
-Jim Rohn

Employment Opportunities

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Good Reads

A New Earth
By Eckhart Tolle

Choose Yourself
By James Altucher



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Kickball Re-scheduled for October 16

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 16 as we will be participating in an AKPsi alumni vs Iota Pi kickball game!  Be sure to arrive at the Ferguson lawn at Christopher Newport University by 1:00 pm on Sunday the 16.

Just as we did last time, we'd like to make this an alumni vs students event and ask that as many people as possible attend so we aren't significantly outnumbered by the students.

This is another great teambuilding event as well as an excellent way to get to know our collegiate brothers.  We had an amazing time at this event in 2014.  We hope you'll take time out to join us for the afternoon!


Celebrating 112 Years

Wednesday, October 5 is knows as Founder's Day of Alpha Kappa Psi.  On this day 112 years ago, in 1904, the ten charter members met in the Assembly Room, 32 Waverly Place at New York University and decided to set up a professional fraternity at once.  On written ballots, Robert Douglas was elected president; Howard Jefferson as secretary; Nathan Lane Jr., treasurer; Williams Tremaine, vice president; and Morris Rachmil as financial secretary, a choice made unanimous by acclamation.  Less than three weeks later, the next official meeting was held.  At that time, the members reviewed the constitution and bylaws and it was determined that annual dues would be $1.

We hope you will commemorate Alpha Kappa Psi on Founder's Day this year!  We've come a long way in 112 years!

Click here to read more about the history of Alpha Kappa Psi.

Iota Pi Alumni Bigs Needed

Congratulations to the Iota Pi chapter on acquiring their new pledges during the fall rush season.  As part of the pledge procedure, all new members are matched with an alumni brother who can provide guidance as needed.  If you are interseted in being an alumni brother this semester, please email Ashley Rizzo at and send the following information:

1. When you graduated
2. Your major and any minors
3. Current Job
4. Any previous jobs you've had since graduation
5. Interests/Hobbies outside of work

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4 Mind Tricks that Transfer Followers into Leaders
by Avery Blank

A reader shared with me: “So far my whole life has been defined by getting good grades and how well I can follow instructions at work. I am ambitious and smart but still found myself last night panicking and thinking, ‘How do I make the switch from being a follower to a leader?’”

Leadership starts with how you think. That’s right. You can begin becoming a leader without saying or doing anything. When you start thinking like a leader, you start acting like one. These four steps will help you quickly move from follower to leader and advance in your career:
1. Be confident in what you know, and don’t sweat what you don’t know.
Leaders are confident. They believe in themselves. You do not have to know everything, but you need to be confident in what you know and do. First Lady Michelle Obama said, “your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”
Want to feel confident within a matter of minutes? Learn to strike what Harvard Business School Professor Amy Cuddy calls the “power pose.” Find a private place like a bathroom, your office or your room at home. Stand tall, and place your hands on your hips like Superwoman. This posture of confidence can influence how you feel about yourself and your success.

Embrace what you don’t know. Founder and CEO of Spanx Sara Blakely found out that “what you don’t know can be your greatest asset if you let it.” Blakely was confident in her hosiery idea but did not know industry practices, which led her to innovate and develop a first-in-class product.
2. Focus on the outcome, not the steps.
When it comes to completing projects, leaders focus on the outcome. They do not get hung up on the details or the steps to get there. If you make a mistake along the way, so be it. Leaders learn from their mistakes and use this information to achieve their goal.
Employees at Etsy, the online marketplace for crafts and handmade goods, are encouraged to share their mistakes with others so colleagues can learn from them. They are focused on the outcome and not worried about taking a misstep if the information or lessons learned help them get closer to their goal.
3. Think about what is wrong, not what is going right.
Leaders focus on solving problems and how to make things better. They are transformational and proactive. To increase retention, for example, stop focusing on how to enhance perks that are already great and focus on solutions to what might be a broken on-boarding process or insufficient training.

Don’t know of a problem to tackle? Consider your company’s goals. Are there any impediments that you notice or foresee? You might have the answer to streamlining a laborious process or cutting costs on what is becoming an expensive project.
4. Concentrate on what you want, not on what you have.
Leaders know what they want out of their careers and lives. Focusing on your aspirations will lead you to them. Think of a ouija board: How does the planchette (the heart shaped game piece) move? Cognitive scientist Tom Stafford says, “There is no supernatural force at work, just tiny movements you are making without realizing.” What directs your movements is your focus on a particular outcome. The planchette will move where you want it to move.
What do you want to move towards? Do you aspire to start your own company, be a thought leader on innovation, run the engineering department of the company or be the President of the United States? Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell says, “You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” Your dream will lead you to what you want to be.

Want to transition from follower to leader? Use these tricks as the strategy for starting to think like a leader and advance your career.

Avery Blank is a millennial strategist, lawyer, and women's advocate who helps others to strategically position and advocate for themselves to achieve their individual and organization goals.
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