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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (8 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241975468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241975466
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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If you're stuck in a career rut and want to make some changes, Pivot is for you... Refreshingly, Blake's philosophy is all about building on your existing strengths rather than the need to become a whole new person. Result! (Refinery29)

Looking to make a career change? Pivot is the book you will turn to again and again (Dan Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive)

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)

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, author of THE PERSONAL MBA and THE FIRST 20 HOURS)

About the Author

Jenny Blake is a career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout and create sustainable careers they love. She left her job in career development at Google in 2011 after five and a half years at the company to launch her first book, Life After College, and has since run her own consulting business in New York City.


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Change is an inevitable part of life, so how can we give ourselves the best chance of navigating big transitions as smoothly and constructively as possible? ‘Pivot’ explains how we can cultivate a mindset that will support us as we attempt to answer the big question “What’s next?”

This method is a 4-step framework that takes the start-up concept of pivoting and translates it into a set of actions we can use to face change head on. These steps are: Plant, Scan, Pilot, and Pivot. Jenny guides readers through each part of the process in detail.

Although this book is focused on professional transitions, it isn't just a book about career change. Part of the beauty of the "Pivot Method" is that it can be applied to almost any area of life.

Jenny illustrates the method using case studies, interviews and her personal experiences, and provides illuminating exercises. Unlike other books about similar topics, Pivot combines theory with interactive exercises that turn the experience of reading the book into a guided journey through current changes and opportunities in readers’ own lives.

This is a down-to-earth, optimistic book that doesn’t downplay the challenges that come with constant change but encourages us to view them as pathways towards growth. In a time when people tend to view the fast-changing nature of our world as a problem, Jenny shows us how it’s actually an asset and something we can use to our advantage to deepen our satisfaction in life and work.

Highly recommended to anyone who wants to develop a toolbox of questions and resources, plus the necessary mindset, to more skilfully navigate our fast-changing lives.
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Great book!
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Concise, informative, and genuinely useful. I've followed Jenny Blake for years, now, but this? This is the most potently inspiring she's been. My career is in my hands!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great content, fantastic practical suggestions, but does not address one big aspect of career change 14 Sept. 2016
By Shubha Chakravarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
At the outset, let me clarify that I think Ms. Blake is a very impressive individual and I'd be thrilled to be as accomplished as she is even at my age (mid 40s). This book has fantastic and very practical content in terms of 1) taking stock of your strengths and clarifying your vision 2) scanning the environment for suitable oportunities 3)piloting low risk experiments and then 4) launching when you have found your "it". I won't expand further on the detail other than to say the content is incisive, sharp, practical and very, very useful. Then why the 3 stars? I think the book misses the boat on one very critical element, which is the emotional and self-identity changes involved in making a successful career transition. My perception is that these tend to be very gut wrenching if you are older and also if the change is more drastic than not, and these two factors certainly compund the effect of each other. She skims lightly if at all over these aspects, whereas in my experience, dealing with the implications of these over 6 years of a still ongoing transition into entrepreneurship from very well paying corporate job with a family and bills to pay, these are monumental. Working identity, by Herminia Ibarra, and very surprisingly (for me) Pivot, by Adam Markel ended up being much stronger on these dimensions. A transition is not at all linear and the author just tips her hat to this fact. The light treatment given in the book to the enormous real life implications of the mess of iteration does the aspiring career changer a disservice
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly comprehensive - an excellent and well-organized set of tools and systems! 14 Nov. 2016
By NYCinCentralPark - Published on Amazon.com
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For some context, I've spent all of my professional life navigating my career at a handful of large companies here in NYC. Grateful that I've always been gainfully employed, though not without a few bumps in the road…

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for those considering a career change, at any stage in their lives! 6 Sept. 2016
By Amazon Customer J - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book I've been waiting for for months, well - years really.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pivot is a great book 9 Jan. 2017
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book by Jenny Blake. Her exercises and ideas are interesting and constructive, and the examples she provides are strong. If you are thinking of making a career or other life change this book provides a great process to follow that is also realistic. The only thing I could have wished for in the book (and does not detract from my review because maybe it is content that should be in a different book altogether) was more information for people who have struggled to feel really successful or powerful in any recent career - i.e. people who have done work more out of a "default" situation (i.e. underemployment due to economy, or needing a family flexible job) and how to pivot back up from that. A lot of the examples referenced people already in successful situations.

I would also highly recommend Jenny's pivot podcast. She comes across as very sincere, informative and happy. I look forward to it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Go-To Book on Career Choice and Career Change 6 Sept. 2016
By Rebecca L. Fraser-Thill - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been studying, teaching about, and coaching people through the process of career choice and change for over a decade and I've always struggled to find one succinct reference point to send my college students and private coaching clients to on the topic. Instead I've provided them with dozens of links to articles and a chapter here and there from various books - but no more! PIVOT is the go-to overview on all things career decision-making, from the initial post-college choice to the inevitable (and enthralling, when seen through Jenny Blake's eyes) process of picking "what's next" over and over, this book really covers everything from the deeply practical to the thoughtfully philosophical. I dog-earred more pages than I can count and my copy is marked up intensely. I'll be reading it many times over!
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