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

The ‘Write’ Stuff

Are you delivering your intended message in your written communications?  Are you sure?  Word choice, tone, punctuation, contractions, emojis can all impact your message and the outcome, especially on a remote team.  When working remotely, you lack the face-to-face interactions and body language cues, so “every word you type (or don’t) is important in conveying your ideas and communicating effectively with your colleagues”.  This article is loaded with tactical tips for communicating effectively on a remote team or any team.  Try some of these tips for yourself and let us know the impact it has on communicating with your team.

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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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Do the Right Thing

Facing a sticky situation and wondering what to do?  Presented with a difficult choice?  You will strengthen your personal brand and sleep better at night by following this simple, but not always easy advice…Do the Right Thing.  Watch this video to learn more about building your profit in people by operating with integrity:                                                                                               

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