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Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One | Jenny Blake
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Looking to make a career change? Pivot is a book you will turn to again and again.Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive 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 one, 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 leapsand the answer is already right under your feet. This book will teach you how to pivot from a base of your existing strengths. Pivoting is a crucial strategy for Silicon Valley tech companies and startups. Jenny Blakea former training and career development specialist at Google who now runs her own company as a career and business consultant and speakershows how pivoting can also be a successful strategy for individuals looking to make changes in their work lives, whether within their role, organization or business, or setting their sights on bigger shifts. When you pivot, you double down on your existing strengths and interests to move in a new, related direction, instead of looking so far outside of yourself for answers that you skip over your hard-won expertise and experience. It empowers you to navigate changes with flexibility and strengthnow and throughout your entire career. Much like the lean business principles that took Silicon Valley by storm, pivoting 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. Her Pivot Method will teach you how to: Double down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences. Identify what is working best and where you want to end up, then start to bridge the gap between the 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 so you don't need to have 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. 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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fredthemoose
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Meh. This was fine. Had some potentially useful frameworks and things to think about, but really seemed geared toward people with a certain background (knowledge workers in the private sector with a lot of savings/assets and easily marketable skills/side hustles that they are thinking about building on for a career transition). For people in other circumstances, there was less that seemed directly applicable.

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Smrloomis
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Pickpick

Overall, I thought this was useful. I usually DNF some self-help and career development quickly, so it‘s a good sign that I finished this. Useful advice here so I‘m glad I borrowed this from the library (as opposed to buying it to be truly honest). I would even consider re-reading this at a later date to see what else I could get out of it, so recommended if you‘re intrigued.

bnp Looks interesting & my library has a copy. 4y
Smrloomis @bnp I think a library copy is the way to go 👍🏽 4y
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Smrloomis
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A picture of her last reference page.

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Smrloomis
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Blake provides a good step-by-step overview of her ideas in this list.

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Smrloomis
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“Sometimes you need to take a job you are not crazy about for your own sanity, to gather new information and to buy time.” Yes and to make money. No shame in that. Glad this is acknowledged instead of glossed over!

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Smrloomis

“Not everyone has to become an entrepreneur, blogger, or “personal brand.”” This book does lean heavily in this direction at points, but at least she acknowledges this.

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Smrloomis
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“Embracing this reality requires surrender ... Release the illusion of security within a fixed future and allow life to surprise you instead. The only move that matters is your next one.”

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Smrloomis
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Kaylamburson
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Jenny Blake was such an amazing speaker, and I'm so motivated now to work on me and my career. #Pivot