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Pivot

The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Jenny Blake

Publisher: Penguin, 2016 , 270 pages

ISBN: 978-0-399-56438-3

Keywords: Human Resources

Synopsis:

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If you've got the perfect job or business, congratulations.

But if you are even a little bit uncertain that your current gig is the right fit, it is time to start thinking about your next move. In the new world of work, it's the only move that matters.

What's next? is a question we all have to ask and answer more frequently in an economy where jobs and roles change quickly, and smart, motivated people find themselves hitting professional plateaus. But how do you evaluate options and move forward without getting stuck?

Jenny Blake's solution: it's about small steps, not big leaps — and the answer is already right under your feet.

Pivoting is the crucial skill you need to stay agile, whether or not you are actively looking for a new position. It empowers you to navigate changes with flexibility and strength — now and throughout your entire career.

No matter your age, life stage, industry, or bank account balance, enny's advice will help you move forward strategically. She shares her Pivot Method that will teach you how to:

  • Double down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences
  • Scan for opportuinities and identify new skills
  • Run small experiments to determine next steps
  • And take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction

No matter your current position, one thing is clear: your career success and satisfaction depends on your ability to determine your next best move. If change is the only constant, let's get better at it.

Table of Contents:

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    • Introduction: Pivot Is The New Normal
      • Pivot or Get Pivoted
      • Changing Careers in the Age of the App
      • Connect the Dots Looking Backward
      • Pivot Method at a Glance
    • High Net Growth
      • Career Operating Modes
      • Trust Your Risk Tolerance
      • Two (Many) Steps Ahead, One Step Back
  • Stage One: Plant
    • Plant Overview
    1. Calibrate Your Compass
      What Are Your Guiding Principles? What Is Your Happiness Formula?
      • Create Your Compass
      • Identify Your Happiness Formula
      • Your Body Is Your Business
      • Mediate to Activate Your Best Instincts
    2. Put a Pin In It
      What Excites You Most? What Does Success Look Like One Year From Now?
      • Avoid the Tyranny of the Hows
      • Vision Cloudy? Start Somewhere
      • Clarify Your Vision Statement
      • Summarize Knowns and Unknowns
    3. Fuel Your Engine
      What Is Working? Where Do You Excel?
      • Identify Your Strengths
      • Work-History Highlights
    4. Fund Your Runway
      What Is Your Timeline? How Can You Earn Extra Income?
      • Build a Solid Financial Foundation
      • Pivot Finance 101
      • Income-Anxiety Seesaw Awareness
  • Stage Two: Scan
    • Scan Overview
    1. Bolster Your Bench
      Who Do You Already Know? Who Can Provide Advice? What Can You Give In Return?
      • Expand Your Sphere of Influence
      • Build a Network of Collective Brainpower
      • Career Karma: Seek Reciprocal Success
    2. Bridge The Gaps
      What Skills and Expertise Will Take You to the Next Level?
      • Mind the Gap
      • Learn How to Learn
      • Limit Linear Thinking
      • Investigative Listening
      • Be Discerning About Your Learning
    3. Make Yourself Discoverable
      How Can You Add Unique Value and Build Visibility?
      • Define Your Project-Based Purpose
      • Platform and Leverage
      • Revel In the Work Others Reject
      • Leapfrog: Work Backward from Two Moves Ahead
      • Let Others Know You Are Looking
  • Stage Three: Pilot
    • Pilot Overview
    1. Get Scrappy
      What Small Experiments Can You Run? What Real-World Data Can You Collect?
      • Aim First for Quality, Not Quantity
      • What Makes a Strong Pilot?
      • Incremental Pilots Within Organizations
      • Reduce Risk with Redundancy
      • Travel Pilots to Shake Up Stagnant Thinking
    2. Pause, Review, Repeat
      What Worked? What Didn't? What Could You Do Differently?
      • Pause and Review
      • Take Incrementally Bigger Risks
  • Stage Four: Launch
    • Launch Overview
    1. Build First, Courage Second
      When Will You Make the Big Move? What Are Your Linchpin Decision Criteria?
      • Identify your Launch Timing Criteria
      • Pivot Hexagon
      • Know When to Hold Versus Fold
      • Your Gut Has a Brain
      • Pivot Scales: Comfort Versus Risk
    2. Flip Failure
      What Will Move You Into Action?
      • Rejection as a Stepping-Stone to Success
      • Mine Failure for Strengths
      • You Can't Make Everybody Happy — So Stop Trying and Start Living
      • Separate Decisions from Difficult Conversations
      • Don't Wait for Perfect Conditions
      • How Do You Know Your Launch Worked?
      • The Continuous Pivot
  • Stage Five: Lead
    • Lead Overview
    1. Are You Listening?
      How Can You Facilitate Engaging Career Conversations?
      • Your Interest Matters More Than You Think
      • How To Use the Pivot Method Within Organizations
      • Pilot Creative Internal-Mobility Programs
  • Conclusion: Celebrate Complexity.
    • Checking In at the Last Resort
    • The Courageous Life

Reviews:

Pivot

by Roland Buresund last modified 2017-01-17 12:17

Rating: ****** (Decent)

I have to admit that I was a bit suspicious about this book from the beginning. Fortunately, beyond all the self-hype, the author knows the subject and most importantly, how to write!

A fairly OK book about looking into your life and start thinking about what to do next. A lot of her stuff is in reality just a shout to make you utilize your brain, but she does so in a non-obtrusive manner.

Absolutely worth reading.


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