The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted a Pink bag Lunch on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The topic of the event was, “Be Prepared to Pivot,” with guest speaker Polly White, Founding Partner and COO Richmond and Hampton Roads Gather. According to Merriam-Webster, pivot is defined as a person, thing, or factor having a major or central role, function, or effect. Pivot is a substantial change.
When should you consider a pivot?
When you are no longer seeing results in your current role
When you have stopped growing
When your employees or customers are disappearing
When you spend too much time putting out fires versus mitigating them
When your intuition is telling you
When you are bored in your current role
When do you stay the course?
When you know it will bring success
You see others do it successfully
When others that you trust tell you that you are on the right path
When do you need to grow?
When you perform all the primary work functions
When you make all the decisions
When you cannot be gone for a length of time because no one else can perform your job duties
Before you pivot you, must know, what you want and what are you willing to do to get it. You may want another position, but you may have to learn some new skills to qualify for it. You must have the ambition factor. Ambition is strong desire to do or achieve something; typically requiring hard work and determination. Ambition is a continuum from low to high, you must surround yourself with similar ambitious people, and be aware of dream killers. Use a grid analysis to determine the probability of success for the move that you want to make.
Grid Analysis = Options on the left and things that are important to you on the top, you rate the items on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most important, sum up the options and the best option is the one with the highest number.
In closing, if you aren’t happy with where you are in your life, you can change it. It may take you five years, but you can completely change your path.” – Karl Klawiter