Whether it’s helping to organise a local conference, advising a startup or taking up a teaching appointment, a “strategic side gig” can turbocharge your career, leadership advisor Ken Banta and EY partner Orlan Boston write. It’ll help you gain new perspectives, elevate your profile and hone your skills — and perhaps accelerate your entry into the C-suite. Here’s how they say you can find an external project that works for you:

  • Block off a few hours each week in your calendar.
  • Tap your network for opportunities.
  • Be choosy: Spend your time on something for which you feel genuine passion.

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