March 13, 2019 - JOLT- Never underestimate the power of pivot -

March 13, 2019 – JOLT- Never underestimate the power of pivot

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Mar 13

“Pivoting is not the end of the disruption process, but the beginning of the next leg of your journey.”- Jay Samit

Pursue, pursue, pursue…

then pivot!

Taking an honest look at what you want to achieve, what you’ve noticed as you’ve taken action, and whether continued pursuit is warranted is not easy…but necessary.

There’s so much said about maintaining a relentless eye on the prize. And we don’t want to diminish the power of commitment. And yet…

We all have to make choices. Being responsible means being able to respond. A charging rhino with its head down is not able to respond because it’s not looking…at the forest OR the trees.

So, when and where do you call the shot on whether to pursue or pivot?

That’s the million dollar question. Millions have likely been lost or gained by answering it correctly or incorrectly.

No quick answer…but a few possible guidelines.

1) Did you actually take the actions necessary to pursue? If not, pursue with action.
2) Have you gotten outside of your own analysis with other eyes and ears? If not, pursue with support.
3) Have sufficient learnings justified the investments already made? If not, pursue for growth.

If yes to all of the above, you’ve earned the right to pivot. Pivot with pride into the next pursuit.

Again, no easy answer. Make up your own guidelines. But pursuing and pivoting without some semblance of rules wears out your navigation system.

Can you use a pursue/pivot partner? Schedule a complimentary 15min chat, or go here for a menu of everything from career to business to life-purpose support services. Conscious pursuit and pivoting are golden. 

Got pivot power?

“‘Pivoting’ will become second-nature and ‘Fail early; fail often’ will become your life motto.” – Isabel Hirama

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.