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The Strategic Side Gig

hbr.org

The power of taking on extra jobs

Many managers and leaders focus obsessively on their current jobs. They don't believe they can be successful without that single focus.

However, most realize that to advance your career, especially to the C-suite, you need diverse experiences in a variety of functions, industries, and geog...

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A survey of 122 senior executives from a variety of industries agreed that outside engagements were critical to leadership success now and in the future.

Meaningful engagement should be in activities that expose you to different people, information, and cultures, but is synergisti...

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Although executives face a high demand on their time, private and public sector leaders believe that you can find the time if you make it a priority. (Although you may have to give up some nights or weekends.) Make sure you deliver in your job and for your family, then take on additional responsi...

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  • Let those within your organization and your trusted contacts know that you're looking for outside activities relevant to your job or skills.
  • Explore your passions and see if groups connected to them have any open positions that will let you learn and develop.
  • Seek out frie...

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When you take on a strategic side gig, it's often wise to discuss the matter with your employer and family.

Show how the activity is relevant and how it will benefit your company and your development. If the organization you work for doesn't understand the value of an outside activity,...

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  • Recharging your energy: When you squeeze in time for external activities, it can help you avoid burnout. You also get inspired and think thoughts that you wouldn't have otherwise.
  • Building knowledge, skills, and confidence: Outside engagement gives...

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