Articles and blogs tackling issues related to talent in the digital-first era.

Gray Zone Leadership

At SMART, we hear this leadership trait described many ways by our client partners: proactive, self-starter, able see the big picture, the X-factor. The clear fact is they value and seek out this trait in team members. The IMPACT Project is about the same, encouraging SMART Professional to look for opportunities to add value and make improvements for their companies. Those opportunities to lead are often not spelled out in a job description but operating with this mindset can help you make a big IMPACT.

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Lead the Way

“As our world gets more connected, the projects that change us are more and more likely to have a form that would be hard to recognize just a generation ago. But inventing and choosing and supporting these projects is now on us, and it begins by recognizing that they even exist.” – Seth Godin
This describes our Impact Project! The idea is to do good in our community, work, and self. And then, to share that good with others and encourage one another to do likewise.

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Work on the RIGHT Thing

It’s hard to constantly step back and make sure we are working on the RIGHT thing. Busy doesn’t mean effective. I constantly have to remind myself to not just go through my email and be reactive, but at the beginning of the day identify what the BIG goals are (sometimes called ‘Rocks’) and make sure I spend time on those.

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Seek Stretch

Excellence is always a worthwhile pursuit. But if you cross the line to making perfection the goal, you risk slowing progress, or worse, never getting started. “One of the traits of perfectionism is to avoid situations where you might fail.” To be a high-impact contributor, with a focus on continuous improvement, seek stretch.

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