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Mark Miller

Four Simple Choices to Scale Your Impact

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    Smart choices will help you escape from the quicksand.

    Do you ever feel like you’re swimming in quicksand? The harder you work, the deeper you sink? Progress and success seem out of reach? Your career and life somehow unfulfilling?

    Many leaders have these thoughts, indeed most seem to be facing an ever-increasing list of challenges. Just like quicksand, they don’t see it coming and once they’re in they feel helpless and alone. That quicksand has a tight grip and it’s difficult to get out of. So what do many leaders do? They just find a way to cope – they learn to swim in the quicksand.

    Everyone’s quicksand is personal. For some, it’s the endless – often unproductive – meetings; others are swamped with emails, text, and social media posts; some have colleagues interrupting their flow; and many find the complexity of life is simply escalating. Don’t relate to any of those? Well, what is it that’s holding you back? What’s stopping you from being impactful? The story of your own success? Complacency? A lack of inertia? Fatigue? Circumstances beyond your control?

    No matter what your personal quicksand is, rest assured there is a way out.

    First off, let’s pinpoint exactly what your quicksand is. Take a pen and notepad and jot down your top three impediments. Why not add them to your phone for quick reference, too? As you progress through this Blink, refer to these constantly. By the end, you should be able to formulate a plan to escape from these.

    Viktor Frankl said that there’s a space between a stimulus and your response. In that space, you have the power to choose how you respond. Therein lies your path to growth and freedom. Sure, we may not all have the same degree of access to make choices, but the choices you can make give you both agency and opportunity.

    In the next four sections, you’re going to learn about the four Smart Choices. These choices are ones that have a high impact and require you to focus. Individually, they each have their own value, but together, they’ll unleash your real power and multiply your impact.

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    What is Smart Leadership about?

    Smart Leadership (2022) is your guide to making informed decisions that will shape your journey as a high-impact effective leader. It introduces the concept of "Smart Choices," which emphasizes how your decision-making abilities can boost your potential to lead. It provides insights that will not only improve your strategic thinking, but also enable you to create a positive influence, enhance the health of your organization, and contribute to shaping a remarkable personal legacy.

    Smart Leadership Review

    Smart Leadership by Mark Miller (2018) is a book that offers valuable insights into effective leadership practices. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its concrete strategies and actionable tips, it provides practical guidance for individuals looking to enhance their leadership skills.
    • By combining research and real-life examples, the book presents compelling evidence and relatable stories that bring the concepts to life.
    • Through its engaging and thought-provoking approach, this book manages to make the topic of leadership captivating and ensures that readers won't find it dull or boring.

    Who should read Smart Leadership?

    • Rookie leaders looking for guidance on how to boost effectiveness and impact
    • Established leaders who want to breathe new life into their leadership approach 
    • Leadership development professionals seeking ideas to help improve their clients’ leadership skills

    About the Author

    Mark Miller is an international best-selling author, business leader, and communicator, who began his career over 40 years ago as an hourly team member at Chick-fil-A. He now serves as the vice president of high-performance leadership at the company. His primary focus is on serving leaders, facilitating their growth, and the development of their teams and organizations. He’s written multiple books on this subject including The Secret, which he coauthored with Ken Blanchard, Culture Rules, and Chess Not Checkers.

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    What is the main message of Smart Leadership?

    The main message of Smart Leadership is that effective leaders prioritize people and cultivate a culture of growth and development.

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    Smart Leadership is a valuable read for anyone in a leadership role. It offers practical insights and strategies to enhance your leadership skills.

    Who is the author of Smart Leadership?

    The author of Smart Leadership is Mark Miller.