Articles and blogs tackling issues  and encouraging continuous improvement

Accepting Criticism

Criticism, whether constructive or mean-spirited, is not always easy to receive. Learn a successful strategy for accepting criticism like a pro…     

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The “Write” Stuff

Are you delivering your intended message in your written communications?  Are you sure? Written communication on a remote team is especially challenging.

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Leading from the Middle

“Leadership is a choice you make, rather than a place you sit.” – John Maxwell   The truth is, you have influence with your client, no matter your title, and whether you are conscious of it or not. Learn how you can manage that influence and add the most value for your team. Check out this video for advice on leading from your seat, starting with…   Invest in relationships Be prepared, every time you take your client’s time Know when to push and when to back off Be better tomorrow than you are today To Your Success! For Additional Smart Remarks:

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Happy to Help

In a recent 3-2-1 blog, Jim Clear shared: “Different meanings can be assigned to the same events. Look for evidence of how the world is encouraging you, and you will find it. Look for evidence of how the world is burdening you, and you will find it. Choose an explanation that empowers you.” While we cannot control much of our circumstances, we can control how we view them and how we respond.  As a contractor at a client, I found it helpful to take this approach.  I remember a time when the client wanted to choose Option 4 when we

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Adopt a Consultant Mindset

From day one, SMART Professionals are encouraged to adopt a consultant mindset in their roles with the goal of adding more value.  Check out this video to learn how SMART defines a consultant mindset, some questions that can help you get into the consultant mindset, and why adopting this outlook could generate new growth opportunities for you!                                                                                       

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Make Time for ‘No Time’

“According to neuroscience, taking a break from our busy schedules and devoting some time to doing absolutely nothing is key to fostering creativity. An essential element to achieving success is implementing a proper routine on a daily basis.  Although your daily routine might be healthy and productive, it can also be hectic and kill creativity.”  So, try adding some ‘No Time’ to your routine.  “No Time has to do with a quiet moment in which a person can isolate from the noise and demands of the world. It helps us relax enough to see the big picture and allow innovative ideas to come to

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Just Do It

Looking for strategies that could help you better manage your to-do list? Productivity expert, David Allen, suggests you employ his “Two-Minute Rule” to clear your to-do list of the minor tasks. Two-Minute Rule:“Whenever you come across a task that can be done in under two minutes, for example, responding to an email or sending a meeting invite, jump on it immediately. Don’t plan, don’t put it on your to-do list, don’t look for a time slot when you could do it, just do it. A task of two minutes or less? Get it done, don’t digress! Completing such short tasks

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Don’t Give Up

Our President and Owner, Brent Mitchell, recently came across a great message from James Clear: “The secret to winning is learning how to lose. That is, learning to bounce back from failure and disappointment—undeterred—and continuing to steadily march toward your potential. Your response to failure determines your capacity for success.” This is so true. Some things in life are sure things, like death and taxes. It is certain that in our lives we will experience loss and failure. May we all learn to bounce back from both with more wisdom, knowledge, and determination than we had before in order to

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