Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

by Jenny Blake


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Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591848202
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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

Scan Overview

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

Acknowledgments 249

Post Pivot: Online Resources 255

Pivot Method Quick Reference 257

Launch Criteria Checklist 259

Resources for Companies 261

Pivot 201: Recommended Reading 263

Notes 265

Index 271

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