How to embrace the pivot when making a transition? In this Expert Insight Interview, Dr. Cheryl Robinson gives tips on how we can successfully pivot in work and life in general. Dr. Cheryl Robinson is a regular contributor to ForbesWomen, and she focuses on interviewing women who have embraced the pivot in their careers.
The interview discusses:
- How to pivot
- How to establish initial and long-term sustainability
- Three core themes regarding pivot
How to Pivot
Everybody pivots for different reasons. Those reasons could be being laid off from work, deciding to switch a job, or starting your own business. However, no matter the reason, the crucial part is to recognize that you are pivoting and to believe that you have what it takes for it. Then, you can start making a strategy.
In order to know that you did the right thing when you decided to pivot, you need to have a certain level of ego and self-confidence. Having ego usually has negative connotations, but in this case enables you to know your worth, recognize the opportunity, and go for it. Moreover, your past gives you enough experience to have the self-confidence to take the necessary risk. We take risks daily, the risk is not possible to eliminate, but it is possible to prepare for it and manage it.
The Initial and Long-Term Sustainability
When experiencing some of the first challenges, your past is your best friend. By recognizing the new situation to be the same as one from the past, you can solve the new one with habitual behavior. Pivoting does not have to be one giant step, but rather many smaller steps. Allow yourself to be curious about things, try them, make mistakes, learn from them, and move forward. Also, it helps to talk with people who have more experience in it, such as mentors.
Things sometimes get hard. Thus, you need to have a support system, people you surround yourself with that you can talk about anything. Furthermore, celebrate small wins. Waiting for the big triumph in life sets you for the long wait and disappointment if you never achieve it. Instead, find smaller victories to celebrate daily.
Three Core Themes
Besides being self-confident and taking the risk, the third core element is networking. It is impossible to achieve success without networking. However, it is not about the quantity but the quality of relationships. In-person networking was limited this year due to the pandemic, but it did open the opportunity for virtual networking. While some people excel in both in-person and virtual networking, people who are more on the shy side have an excellent opportunity to create meaningful relationships through virtual networking.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.