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Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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"A sharply reasoned and immensely practical guide to crafting a meaningful working life in an unpredictable world."
—Cal Newport, author of Deep Work
"If you don't manage your career, who will? Jenny Blake is here to remind us that we live in a different time, and the possibilities are endless—as long as we're willing to pivot."
—Seth Godin, author of What To Do When It's Your Turn
"If you should trust anyone in the career space about the way to thrive in the new world of work, it is Jenny Blake. Pivot is packed with practical, actionable and repeatable ways to remain relevant and highly employable. Jenny shares her signature killer tools and processes for the benefit of us all."
—Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work and Escape from Cubicle Nation
"To pivot well is the difference between millions and failure. Former Googler and entrepreneur Jenny Blake (one of my favorite human beings) dissects the pivot, how to do it, and how to do it right.”
—James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself and Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth
"It's not a matter of if you'll need to pivot your career, it's a matter of when. Let Jenny Blake show you how with this wildly practical guide to the career changes headed your way."
—Jon Acuff, author of Do Over
"Changing jobs or careers can be daunting. Pivot is an invaluable guide for planning and succeeding in your next professional reinvention."
—Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, and adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
“Feeling stuck? It's time to try something new. All that stands between you and your next adventure is a bit of strategy, planning, and preparation. If a change is in your future, Pivot is your guide.”
—Josh Kaufman, bestselling author of The Personal MBA and The First 20 Hours
"Pivot is a book you will turn to again and again, whether you're seeking a new career direction, a second career after retirement, or just on the lookout for new ways to use your talents. Jenny Blake takes a strength-based approach to managing the risk that comes with making a change and provides tons of helpful examples and exercises.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
"Non-traditional career journeys are not only the new normal; they're how innovators throughout history changed their world and ours. With actionable insights and lucid prose, Jenny Blake illuminates the path to building your own destiny."
—Shane Snow, bestselling author of Smartcuts and co-founder of Contently
"Wondering what your next move is? Read this book! Jenny Blake is one of the wisest and freshest voices on the subject of career development, and this is her best work yet. In Pivot, you will hear the good news: that you can get paid to do what you love. It may not look like what you thought, and it may require some personal growth, but you can find the work you were meant to do. You just have to pivot."
—Jeff Goins, best-selling author of The Art of Work
"Are the tectonic plates below your sturdy career suddenly splitting into a deep abyss of unknown? Let this book be your rope ladder out."
—Neil Pasricha, author of The Happiness Equation and 1,000 Awesome Things
"If you think life is a highway, then you've got it wrong. It's more like a winding path through an unpredictable forest. Not only do you have to wade the swamp and battle the beasts, but time after time you come to a crossroads. Left? Right? Straight ahead? Jenny Blake's new book will help you find the wisdom and resources to make the best choices, move into the sunlight and end up where you want to be."
—Michael Bungay Stanier, Author of The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work
“We live in a time of rapid evolution, and we develop skills quickly now by absorbing many shorter term work experiences, so we can become what Jenny Blake calls impacters in our careers. This book gives you a solid roadmap to making the right call about career changes that will help you discover what you’re truly built for. Courage, consciousness, and competence—that’s what Pivot offers you. It’s excellent!”
—Penney Peirce, author of The Intuitive Way, Frequency and Leap of Perception
"The book is fantastic. No matter where you are in your career, Pivot is provokingly relevant."
—Dr. Tom Guarriello, founder of RoboPsych and founding faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts, Masters in Branding
"Today, the average person has eleven jobs and three to six careers, which is why Pivot is essential reading for every professional. Let Jenny be your coach, giving you the confidence and tools required to make your next career transition. Whether you're an employee, freelancer or entrepreneur, this book will help you identify the skills you have or need that will lead to your next opportunity. Jenny has been through career transitions and has successfully navigated them on her own, which makes her the perfect spokesperson for helping you do the same. Pivot is the book that you'll need to read multiple times through your life because change is constant and often times unexpected!"
—Dan Schawbel, Author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0
“Whether you’re considering a career change, job change or figuring out what to do next, Jenny Blake’s Pivot is the book you need. It’s a comprehensive, practical, must-have guide to your pivot.”
—Susan RoAne, keynote speaker and author of How To Work a Room
"Well-researched, well-written, and well-organized, this book will appeal to those willing to invest time, energy, and effort into the process of "pivoting" their careers for the better."
About the Author
Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She pivoted from studying political science and communications at UCLA to become the first employee at a political polling start-up in Silicon Valley. She then moved to Google, where she spent over five years in training and career development while also writing her first book, Life After College. Jenny left Google in 2011 to take her consulting business full time. A San Francisco native, she now lives in New York City.
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While a lot of books on this subject tell you to follow your passion and shoot for the stars, Jenny Blake brings her advice down to ground-level and teaches you a method for how you can actually identify, test out, and make the shift you've been craving.
This book is full of practical, actionable advice that has been put to the test and worked for countless people. The examples in the book are sure to inspire you and give you confidence that it will work for you, too.
Besides for the exercises in the book that allow you to immediately apply what you just read (which is the best way to learn!), the book's companion website has a toolkit with a goldmine of additional resources.
I'm working through the steps right now and I'm excited for my next pivot!
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I give Pivot five stars. It offers an excellent and well-organized set of tools and systems for self-assessment. It also provides plenty of guidance for thoughtfully evaluating potential opportunities and building or extending a network along the way.
Most critical for me is that many of these tools were immediately actionable with my tight schedule. If you're running out the door on a Monday morning and looking at a week crushed with meetings and deadlines, work through one of the plant exercises during your commute or lunch break. If you already have a few thoughts around what you might want to explore, jot down a few reminders to look up experts or organizations to learn more about.
This not only gave me a jump start, but it helped me move toward thinking about future change with whatever time I had at the moment. Of course, it makes the most sense to work through the process as outlined in the book. I did that as well when I could, but committing to a few exercises where time allowed gave me some momentum. The additional resources – podcasts, interviews, readings, references etc., offered by the author offer more perspective or a deeper dive on specific topics. While many recent career development books offer similar resources, the collection on Pivot’s site is particularly robust and addresses professional challenges along with personal enrichment.
In case it’s helpful, I’d like to acknowledge one of the three star reviews – because I totally understand that reviewer’s perspective. If you’re approaching change with a particularly complex (or thorny) professional or personal backstory, you may need a reset. That may include exploring a variety resources that speak to your particular situation as you ready yourself for a big change. In my experience, it makes sense to explore and embrace a variety of material - whatever collectively makes sense for your own development. The author actually provides a reference list at the end of the book and on her site. Your starting point and path will be your own, wherever this (or any other resource) finds you.
That said, Pivot is incredibly comprehensive. Many of the exercises immediately focused my thinking and adjusted my perspective. They addressed professional challenges with practical ideas and offered personal assessments for a holistic approach. I think they would be equally helpful to anyone – whether you’re on auto-pilot or in the weeds professionally (or personally) for long periods of time, or would benefit from taking stock and moving forward in a very practical and action-oriented way.