Whether you’re an NBA player or a corporate executive, successful careers don’t come without risk. In this piece, the author offers several suggestions for how leaders can think about taking smart risks — whether that’s exploring an underserved area of your industry and crafting a new role for yourself using your distinctive strengths to fill that niche, staying in your current role but inventing a new product or service, or changing industries entirely to look for new roles far afield from where you are now, where your skills might be more rare and valuable. Ultimately, it’s all about taking the long shots: identifying and pursuing opportunities that offer you new and better ways to leverage your skills

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