Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and former career development program manager at Google, shows you how to successfully move from what's working now to what's next.
Now, more than ever, we are being asked to navigate career changes deftly and frequently. The average employee tenure in America is just four or five years, and even those job roles often change dramatically within that span.
Our economy is now demanding that we create dynamic careers based on creativity, innovation, and serving others. We are being asked to move from careers that used to be based on linear, predictable ladders to trajectories that are now much more fluid and entrepreneurial.
No matter your age, life stage, bank account balance, or career level, you need to be able to pivot into your next opportunity. Whether your perfect-on-paper job has hit a plateau, you're considering taking on a a new role, or moving into a new company, or industry, or even starting or folding your own business, you need to learn how to make Plan B your new Plan A.: one thing remains clear:
Pivoting is a mindset and a skillset, and it is one we can all get better at. Using anecdotes from her own experience and the experiences of other successful professionals, Blake provides a 3-stage process that will teach anyone how to:
• Identify your existing strengths, interests and experiences, and defining what success is for you.
• Scan the horizon for new opportunities, skill you'd like to develop, and people and opportunities, without falling prey to paralysis by analysis.
• Reduce risk by running small job "experiments" that can provide feedback and help determine next steps in your career trajectory.
This book is sure to connect with anyone facing the daunting question of what comes next by providing a methodical plan to move forward, and repeat as many times as necessary. It is also relevant for leaders within organizations who want to engage and retain top talent by helping employees pivot internally, before seeking outside opportunities.
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About the Author
Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout and create sustainable careers they love. She left her job in career development at Google in 2011 after five and a half years at the company to launch her first book, Life After College, and has since run her own consulting business in New York City.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Pivot is the New Normal 1
Piviot or Get Pivoted 4
Changing Careers in the Age of the App 8
Connect the Dots Looking Backward 10
Pivot Method at a Glance 13
High Net Growth 18
Career Operating Modes 23
Trust Your Risk Tolerance 25
Two (Many) Steps Ahead, One Step Back 29
Stage 1 Plant 33
Plant Overview 35
Chapter 1 Calibrate Your Compass 39
What Are Your Guiding Principles? What Is Your Happiness Formula?
Create Your Compass 40
Identify Your Happiness Formula 46
Your Body Is Your Business 47
Reduce Decision Fatigue 49
Meditate to Activate Your Best Instincts 50
Chapter 2 Put a Pin in It 53
What Excites You Most?
What Does Success Look Like One Year from Now?
Avoid the Tyranny of the Hows 55
Vision Cloudy? Start Somewhete 56
Clarify Your Vision Statement 60
Summarize Knowns and Unknowns 62
Chapter 3 Fuel Your Engine 65
What Is Working? Where Do You Excel?
Identify Your Strengths 67
Work-History Highlights 70
Chapter 4 Fund Your Runway 75
What Is Your Timeline? How Can You Earn Extra Income?
Build a Solid Financial Foundation 76
Pivot Finance 101 77
Income-Anxiety Seesaw Awareness 84
State 2 Scan 87
Chapter 5 Bolster Your Bench 91
Who Do You Already Know? Who Can Provide Advice?
What Can You Give in Return?
Expand Your Sphere of Influence 93
Build a Network of Collective Brainpower 94
Career Karma: Seek Reciprocal Success 104
Chapter 6 Bridge the Gaps 107
What Skills and Expertise Will Take You to the Next Level?
Mind the Gap 108
Learn How to Learn 108
Limit Linear Thinking 111
Investigative Listening 114
Be Discerning About Your Learning 119
Chapter 7 Make Yourself Discoverable 123
How Can You Add Unique Value and Build Visibility?
Define Your Project-Based Purpose 124
Platform and Leverage 125
Revel in the Work Others Reject 130
Leapfrog: Work Backward from Two Moves Ahead 130
Let Others Know You Are Looking 133
Stage 3 Pilot 139
Pilot Overview 141
Chapter 8 Get Scrappy 143
What Small Experiments Can You Run?
What Real-World Data Can You Collect?
Aim First for Quantity, Not Quality 145
What Makes a Strong Pilot? 146
Incremental Pilots Within Organizations 152
Reduce Risk with Redundancy 153
Travel Pilots to Shake Up Stagnant Thinking 157
Chapter 9 Pause, Review, Repeat 161
What Worked? What Didn't? What Could You Do Differently?
Pause and Review 163
Take Incrementally Bigger Risks 164
Stage 4 Launch 169
Launch Overview 171
Chapter 10 Build First, Courage Second 173
When Will You Make the Big Move?
What Are Your Linchpin Decision Criteria?
Identify your Launch Timing Criteria 174
Pivot Hexagon 183
Know When to Hold Versus Fold 186
Your Gut Has a Brain 192
Pivot Scales: Comfort Versus Risk 194
Chapter 11 Flip Failure 197
What Will Move You into Action?
Rejection as a Stepping-Stone to Success 200
Mine Failure for Strengths 201
You Can't Make Everybody Happy-So Stop Trying and Start Living 202
Separate Decisions from Difficult Conversations 205
Don't Wait for Perfect Conditions 207
How Do You Know Your Launch Worked? 209
The Continuous Pivot 211
Stage 5 Lead 215
Lead Overview 217
Chapter 12 Are You Listening? 219
How Can You Facilitate Engaging Career Conversations?
Your Interest Matters More Than You Think 221
How to Use the Pivot Method Within Organizations 226
Pilot Creative Internal-Mobility Programs 229
Conclusion: Celebrate Complexity 235
Checking in at the Last Resort 237
The Courageous Life 238
Afterword: What Happens After You Pivot? 241
Post Pivot: Online Resources 255
Pivot Method Quick Reference 257
Launch Criteria Checklist 259
Resources for Companies 261
Pivot 201: Recommended Reading 263