In this video, learn how known and unknown data points create the pivot brackets. Based on what's working and a general idea of what's next, you can now start to bridge the gap between the two.
- Before we dive into the next pivot stage, take a moment to reflect upon your mindset. How are you currently showing up in your day to day work? Are you operating at your desired energy levels, creative output, and impact? There are four categories pivoters generally fall into: inactive, reactive, proactive, and innovative. The first two are often stressors. The latter two are sweet spots. Let's take a look at each one in a little more detail.
Inactive: does not seek changes, paralyzed by fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt, covers up career or life satisfaction with unhealthy habits such as numbing out with excessive amounts of food, alcohol, TV, video games, etc., feels and acts like a victim of their circumstances. Reactive: mimics others' models for success without originality, follows instructions to the letter, waits for inspiration to strike, phones it in at work, feels unhappy but doesn't inquire into why or what to do about it, lets fear overrule planning for the future and subsequent action steps.
Proactive: seeks new projects, actively learns new skills, is open to change, improves existing programs, makes connections with others, takes ownership even within existing leadership structures, has a giver mentality, is willing and interested in helping others, may not be fully using innate talents but is exploring what they are and how to amplify them. Finally, innovative. In addition to all those proactive mode qualities, innovators fully tap into their unique strengths.
They focus on purpose-driven work and making meaningful contributions. They're energized by a strong vision for new projects with a clear plan for making them happen. They don't just improve existing structures but create new solutions to benefit others. How about you? Which of those four buckets do you fall into and where do you want to end up? At this point you've done a lot of exploring into your strengths, values, and past experiences. Now it's time to summarize everything you've come up with in this plant stage.
In the knowns versus unknowns exercise file, summarize what you've identified up till this point. What are you most clear on? What are your must-haves when it comes to a next project or rule? What are your deal breakers? And what are your lingering unknowns? Next up, we'll move on to the scan stage, where you'll start exploring options and resources to help bridge the gap between what's working and what's next.
- Optimizing your current role
- Identifying your strengths
- Crafting a one-year vision of success
- Making connections to "friendtors" and one-off mentors
- Creating a skill-building game plan
- Identifying small experiments and stretch projects
- Embracing smart risks
- Mapping next moves to make a greater impact