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The Strategic Side Gig
The right kind of outside work can boost your career.

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The power of taking on extra jobs

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...

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The value of strategic side gigs

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 shou...

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Finding the time for a side gig

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 o...

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Identifying the right opportunities

  • 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 gr...

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Justifying your commitment to the side gig

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 you...

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Long-term benefits of side gigs

  • 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 other...

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One approach for recharging leads to balance and recovery. It suggests you use your downtime for something unrelated to your job that will refresh you. Think about it in terms of detachment, relaxation, autonomy, mastery, meaning, and affiliation.

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Invite Dissent To Build Others’ Commitment

An executive needs those she leads to translate strategic insights into choices that drive results. For people to commit to carrying out an executive’s strategic thinking, they have to both understand and believe in it. But repeated explanations don’t necessarily increase people’s understanding and ownership of strategy. Making them discuss the pros and cons of it make it so the problem is better understood and flaws are identified and fixed increasing ownership for success.

Identify The Strategic Requirements Of The Job

When someone is promoted into a function that requires strategic leadership it’s easy to spend time fixing what was wrong in their previous function but that often isn’t what the strategic leadership position requires. So, identify the strategic requirements of your job and focus on them.

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Focus on Employee Wellbeing

The more stress-free and healthy an employee is, the more he will make the company great and prosperous.

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