Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
By Jenny Blake
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 the average job tenure is only four years, roles change constantly even within that time, 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.
When you pivot, you double down on your existing strengths and interests to shift in a new, related direction, instead of looking so far outside of yourself for answers that you skip your hard-won expertise and experience. Pivoting empowers you to navigate changes with flexibility and strength—now and throughout your entire career. It is the crucial skill you need to stay agile, whether or not you are actively looking for a new position.
No matter your age, industry, or bank account balance, Jenny's advice will help you move forward strategically. She shares her Pivot Method that will teach you how to:
- Double down on exisiting strengths, interests, and experiences. Identify what is working best and where you want to end up, then start to bridge the gap between two.
- Scan for opportunities and identify new skills without falling prey to analysis paralysis or compare and despair. Explore options by leveraging the network and experience you already have.
- Run small experiments to determine next steps. Do side projects to test ideas for your next move, taking the pressure off having the entire answer up front.
- Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction. Set benchmarks to decide when the time is right to go all-in on your new direction.
You will meet pivoters like Amy, who took on a task no one at her company wanted—learning about social media—and parlayed that into a VP position directing social media strategy. And Adam, who transitioned from creative director of a real estate company to a graduate program in design business, before founding his own brand strategy company. And like Jenny herself, who left her job in career development at Google to start a related business bases on her blog and first book.
Pivot also includes valuable insight for leaders who want to have more frequent career conversations with their teams to help talented people pivot within their roles and the broader organization.
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.
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