- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: September 6, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KIPGQNG
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Add this book to your cart. It is what you need to get past your sticking point now and any that may come in the future.
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.
In the world where 'pivot is the new normal' with job uncertainty and dissatisfaction, we all need to constantly scan ourselves and our environment for opportunities to pivot - or get pivoted. The author gives us a clear and easy-to-follow 4-stage process for career change: Plant - Scan - Pilot - Launch. The framework is logical, well researched and well-explained. It's accompanied by practical exercises and templates and other tools to help readers through the process.
It's not your usual 'quit today, sit on the beach in Thailand tomorrow' type of book. The author promotes a well-thought out and researched approach, emphasising 'shifting naturally' and a continuous process rather than a radical step.
It's well-written, practical, thoughtful and thorough. A must-read for those considering a career change, at any stage in their lives!