Everyone at some point in their life pivots within their career. The experience of pivoting can either be positive or negative depending on how you approach the situation. Understanding the foundation, your behaviors and mindset of your transitions will enable you to not only pivot to the next adventure of your career but transition the story of yourself that you share with others. Join me as we explore the different aspects of pivoting and techniques you can use to successfully pivot in your own career.
I’m an international speaker, founder & regular contributor at ForbesWomen.
The difference between success and lessons learned is consistency. Every goal you set for yourself requires action. Consistent right actions lead to proven success. Don’t let the fear of not succeeding or being embarassed keep you from knowing how everything turns out. The what-if scenario is one of the worst regrets. Even if you don’t know how to do something, doing something is better than holding back and remaining the same. Go for it!!! Keep pivoting your actions until you get the right formula.
When you evolve you are making a conscious effort to better yourself; you are chosing to take action. One type of pivoting is a forced pivot — you were laid off or the company you worked for went bankrupt. Here you had no option or choice. This is not a form of evolving. But there is a scenario where you can both evolve and pivot all at the same time. For example, you are self-aware and want to do something different, better with your life. You decide to change companies or start your own business.
Kate Jeffers, President and Partner of independent, creative ad agency Venables Bell + Partners. It’s portfolio includes Audi, Reebok, 3M and Chipotle. The agency has won numerous awards and recognition including being named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies and being named to Ad Age’s A-List and Best Places to Work lists, among many others. They have also won the Titanium Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions Festival (the most prestigious awards competition in the world for marketers).
Kate shares how as a leader it’s important to be relatable. Sharing and discussing projects that didn’t come to fruition eases tention and humanizes leaders.
Maria V. Robinson, an NLP practitioner & expert, aka my mom, shares #NLP techniques on how to body mirror someone and match their energy & intensity level in order to develop trust. Trust is key when building and fostering relationships. Having trust will actually provide a higher percentage rate of #success. Maria wrote a self-guided affirmational book called I Am Willing. Through prompts and short exercises, she helps you reframe mindset and override your belief set that is holding you back from achieving your dreams or goals. For more information and to purchase the book, click here.
Rachel Brenke is a millennial mom, lawyer, business consultant, cancer survivor, disabled-veteran spouse, and Team USA athlete with five school-aged children that she is currently homeschooling. Rachel has served more than 18,000 entrepreneurs in over 50 countries.
She shares how real failure comes from not trying at all. There’s a difference between trying, learning and pivoting to letting self-doubt and fear hold you back from achieving your dreams.
Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually.
He shares how to develop soft skills in order to advance your career.
Maria V. Robinson, an NLP practitioner & expert, aka my mom, shares NLP techniques on how to pivot your mindset. For close to 40-years, she’s been a master certified NLP practitioner helping corporations and individuals learn how to properly communicate and change habits and strategy to reach set goals. There’s more to pivoting than just changing careers. It’s about pivoting your mindset as well in order to achieve your goals.
Maria wrote a self-guided affirmational book called I Am Willing. Through prompts and short exercises, she helps you reframe mindset and override your belief set that is holding you back from achieving your dreams or goals. For more information and to purchase the book, click here.
Nigel Green is a sought-after sales advisor, author of Revenue Harvest: A Sales Leader’s Almanac for Planning The Perfect Year, and the widely-regarded authority on improving sales team performance. He has worked with dozens of B2B sales teams across the globe to more than double sales results. His insights have been featured in top business publications like Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company and Business Insider. In 2018 he quit his corporate job, left Nashville and moved to a farm in KY. Nigel now enjoys short work days, more time with family and time to pursue hobbies. He loves work more than ever, and was named Selling Power Magazine’s Top Sales Consultant for 2021.
Jean Freeman, Principal and CEO of Zambezi, which is one of the largest certified female-owned full service creative agencies in the ad industry, started the company with her husband, Chris, and the legendary late NBA player, Kobe Bryant. Her leadership approach is inspired by her agency's namesake, the Zambezi shark, which is a freak in its adaptability and ability to pivot. The Zambezi has taught itself to swim in both freshwater and saltwater. Zambezi's combination of big agency talent and small agency agility allows it to propel its clients’ brands forward. This approach led to significant new business wins last year from brands including Experience Kissimmee, Staples Inc., USGA, and Traeger Grills as well as key organic growth from existing clients including Ultimate Software, The TaylorMade Golf Company, Apple’s Beats by Dre, The Coca-Cola Company and PayPal/Venmo.
TJ Ward, NFL player & founder of WardCorp, shares how he is setting himself up for success off the field before he retires. He’s started the Ward Boys Foundation, which provides programs for the youth to engage with them through educational programs, camps and even writing clinics. Additionally, he’s launched his brand that encompasses the key pillars in my life -- being an Athlete | Entrepreneur | Philanthropist | Community Leader | Faith & Family Man.
TJ is a 2010 2nd round NFL draft pick where he was drafted to the Cleveland Browns and he helped the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50.
Kim Gubera, CEO of PIRTEK USA, used her background in business franchising and finance to help expand PIRTEK to 100 franchisees. Gubera grew up in a single-parent household. After attending college in Georgia for nine months, she had to drop out and work as an office manager for three years. When it was time for her to go back to school, she started community college in Orlando while taking care of her one-year-old child.
Working, raising a kid and attending school at the same time didn’t stop her from an upward path. In 2000, she completed her Bachelor degree at University of Phoenix - and she still wasn’t done completing her education, until she received her MBA in 2002 after two years of night classes. Starting in finance, she didn’t expect to find herself in a franchising role.
Venise Cunningham & Belinda Kelly, founders of the Simple Goodness Farm, a 10 acre cocktail farm in Buckley, WA, are redefining the cocktail industry. The Simple Goodness Sisters grow a Happier Hour, with delicious hand crafted, garden to glass simple syrups, shrubs, floral rimmers, and other Simply Good drink accompaniments. Sharing a passion for teaching and bringing gardening and entertaining knowledge and excitement to the next generation, the Sisters enjoy hosting classes, workshops, and farm events.
The mission of Simple Goodness Sisters is to use the best ingredients possible, to make the tastiest drink at home, simply. By harvesting goodness straight from the garden and keeping perservatives and chemicals out of all of the recipes, the Simple Goodness Sisters bring a Happier Hour to you.
A fundamental belief of the Simple Goodness Sisters is that everyday is worth celebrating, and everyone deserves an invite to the party. This is why SGS products are always alcohol free and family friendly, so that you may mix your drinks however you like, for whomever you like.
Susie Levan is a spiritual warrior, author, philanthropist, community leader, certified non-denominational pastoral counselor, hypnotherapist, teacher of meditation, life coach, and Reiki master/teacher. For the last 30 years, she has been teaching the importance of meditation and helping women live their best lives and has facilitated a bi-weekly Women’s Wisdom Circle to empower, inspire and guide women to amplify their greatness to create a more meaningful life.
In 2019, Susie released her book, “Getting to Forgiveness — What a Near-Death Experience Can Teach Us About Loss, Resilience and Love,” which was #1 on the near-death experiences category for Amazon when released. With a powerful foreword by multi-GRAMMY award-winning artist Gloria Estefan, this fast-paced, riveting true story of how Levan emerged a stronger soul after her kidnapping and near-death experience is a must-read for women of any age. Levan blends practical advice and engaging thought-provoking lessons learned—relatable and actionable. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Matt Lombardi & Kevin Moran, professional athlete-turned-entrepreneurs and founders of beam, the “Nike of Wellness” offering the highest-quality THC-free CBD products for a wellness minded community.
Matt (New Jersey Devils hockey player) & Kevin (Chicago White Sox baseball player) conceptualized beam while training together for the Boston Marathon in 2018; after pushing their bodies for years of playing competitive sports, they ardently searched for a natural remedy to treat their chronic aches and pains. With this, they were introduced to CBD and captivated by the several use cases and effects such as reduced inflammation, pain, anxiety and promotion of better sleep and energy. After struggling to find a product that held to their standards, they decided to create their own with an adherence to transparency that includes a high quality, effective product assortment that has proven to be a hit amongst consumers and world renowned professional athletes such as Baker Mayfield, Mat Fraser, Brooke Wells, Danica Patrick and Billy Horschel.
Shani Godwin, chief JOY officer and founder of JOY Economics, shares that while pivoting it’s important not to let other people’s fears affect your decision making. Additionally, through the JOY Economics, Shani outlines 5 proven communications strategies and tips to affordably and easily help small business owners pivot while protecting their brand and their sanity.
Dr. Azza Gadir, director of R&D at Seed, studies how the body’s microbiome affects the gut and how people can obtain a healthy lifestyle and gut health. She shares her journey from working in the lab to pivoting to a startup. Building a personal board of directors helped her advance in her career. Through many informational interviews and perfecting her personal narrative, she was able to network her way into a startup.
At Jackman, Sandra's main goal is to help her clients pivot their businesses. She lays the path to rapid customer engagement and business transformation by manufacturing momentum for her clients and instituting purposeful change that enables businesses to become the most powerful version of themselves.
She shares how you shouldn’t compare yourself to others and how letting go of the image of the way you think things should be will open you up to new opportunities.
Jen Adams, founder of Gold Light, is a Holistic Executive Coach who works exclusively with high-achievers in the businesses of entertainment, sports and leisure to elevate their career potential through mindset mastery, visioning and goal setting.
Jen brings a unique dimension to her practice, having served on the leadership team for one of the world’s largest and most recognized brands, American Airlines. Throughout her career, Jen has honed her expertise in leading individuals and teams through mergers, crises and other business transitions including the 2014 US Airways American Airlines merger as well as the 2009 US Airways “Miracle on the Hudson”.
During her time as a brand marketer for American, Jen was the architect of a number of innovative sports and entertainment brand partnerships including the airline's first-ever deals with NBA International, the Chicago Cubs and Stand Up 2 Cancer.
Jen helps her clients accelerate results by quickly moving past fears, blocks and insecurities so they can embrace a reality of centeredness where all things are possible. She founded Gold Light Leadership—amidst a global pandemic—to serve as a co-pilot to executive leaders looking to innovate, pivot and develop themselves personally and professionally.
Neel Van Lierop has experienced many pivots in her life, which led her to Inner Compass Cards. She created these cards as a way for people to gain clarity on the direction they should take in life and their purpose in life. It’s about trusting yourself, letting go of the control and being the moment. She became addicted to the Magical Moments in her life, which helped her remain steadfast.
You can check the cards out here and follow her on Instagram: @innercompasscards
Joan Lynch, Chief Content and Programming Officer, & Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, at WorkingNation share the types of resources available for individuals looking for new employment opportunities. Their journeys in media, which include two Peabody Awards each, have brought them to a platform, a campaign that allows them to connect with the public in a unique way. They are bridging the gap between individuals looking for new opportunities and the resources and trainings available to them.
Mirelle Leguia, founder of Mother Nutrient, helps people get healthy through vitamin supplements and increases the chances of women becoming pregnant with natural remedies. After working in the corporate world and experiencing a health scare, she turned to holistic medicine. It sparked the idea for her to start her own company. She shares how planning and research helped make her transition a positive experience.
Follow on Instagram: @mothernutrient
Amy Ballon is a renowned advocate for domestic violence and women’s empowerment. She has survived a domestic violence attack, a wrongful conviction, a major lawsuit and now helps other victims rise through the ashes. Although she was thrown into a pivot, she figured out to control the narrative of her story.
Currently, she serves as a Board Member for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, for which she is responsible for special initiatives. The center, located in Miami, FL, works directly with victims of domestic violence for guidance and treatment. For her part as a Board Member, Ballon furthers her mission to bring awareness to those unable to find their voice in order to share their truths and innocence.
Connect with Amy:
Innocence Project of Florida
Domestic Violence Advocacy Center
“Fabulous To Framed” on Amazon
Carol Perry, President of IF News at The Montag Group, a top New York City-based talent agency, shares that investing in yourself is the best type of investment. In order to successfully pivot, you have to be all in.
Kira Karlstrom, former professional athlete, pivoted from sports to entertainment to music to now starting her own brand, Survivor Society. She’s now celebrating 10 years of being cancer free and wants to help others who are/were in a similar situation. Kira shares how music, creating her own life’s soundtrack, helped her stay focus and remain steadfast.
Kara Duffy, an entrepreneur, business coach and founder of the Powerful Ladies, shares how sometimes having a large goal can be overwhelming and hinder you from succeeding. Breaking down the large goal into small manageable goals sets you up for success.
Michelle Penczak was forced into a pivot. Instead of making it a negative experience she turned it into an opportunity to create a company that employees military spouses. Squared Away not only provides job security for military spouses but it also gives them a chance to define their own identity. Squared Away is a virtual assistant company that assists corporations around the world.
Michelle’s story is sure to inspire!
Lori Taylor, founder of the Produce Moms, had to truly believe in herself in order pivot. She actually had to buy back her own idea from her former employer. Once the sale went through, she was proud that her idea sold for a significant amount of money, even if she was the buyer. Pivoting takes guts & self-confidence. In order to successfully pivot in your career, you need to 100% believe in yourself!
Amie Sheridan, founder of WINS.media and voice of amiesheridan.com, is a writer and executive strategist who elevates the visibility of leaders in sports + entertainment via owned, earned and paid channels. In 2020, she launched WINS, a mission-driven membership program built to amplify the voices of women influencing sports + entertainment.
Before achieving founder status, Amie held business development roles at the National Hockey League, Saatchi & Saatchi and NBC Sports. In 2013, Amie pivoted into her writing career as a weekly contributor to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, covering trends in mobile technology. She has taught marketing courses at Ohio University, Drexel University and St. Joe’s University, and she resides in Philadelphia with her husband and three daughters.
WINS: A media membership for women influencing sports & entertainment.
Our mission is to elevate the visibility of women in sports and entertainment, inspire rising female leaders and celebrate *our* WINS as a team!
Our members enjoy benefits including custom media profiles, press hits, interview opportunities, award nominations, speaking submissions and ghostwritten articles.
We are currently recruiting Founding Members to ignite the WINS project! Learn more at wins.media/membership.
Hannah Lavon, founder of Pals Socks, joins me to discuss her entrepreneurial journey and the power that mismatched socks has on showing patience, compassion & the power of diversity. It’s important for companies to pivot their strategies and branding in order to stay relevant in the market.
Sharing tips & tricks on how to successfully pivot is great, BUT what about pivot fatigue? It’s a real thing especially since we’ve been in a constant state of pivoting for 6-months now and counting. It’s important to recognize and acknowledge that you are experiencing pivot fatigue and allow yourself time to rest and refresh. It also helps to define your meaning of success to keep you on track so you don’t mentally and emotionally burn out.
Kiera Connerty, director, talent management at MLB, shares how it’s critical to not only pivot in your career, but also pivot your story. It’s important to share with others who you are now and where you’re headed while using your past to show the value you add.
Bobby Vala, founder/designer of the revived toy line Action Force, shares how he pivoted from working at Hasbro to reviving the Action Force toy line. It is the determination that drives success; to not let anything stand in the way of getting you to where you want to go. He shares how networking landed him his first position in the toy industry and how it also helped him land a partnership with Sgt. Slaughter (WWF star).
Pivoting isn’t a theory or concept. It’s a way of life. It order to succeed, you need to pivot. But, it isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s a process that takes. It’s being dedicated to making small incremental changes to your process and habits. Eventually, those small changes lead to major lifestyle shifts. Pivoting isn’t just about going from point A to B to C, etc. It’s about pivoting your mindset so that plan C works out better than plan B and A did.
DeRahn Johnson, creator of the Maven Method shares how you can start to make small incremental changes in order to change the story that you tell yourself.
In order to successfully pivot, you need to have your GRIT metabolism in check. Grit is showing up when your tired, you don’t want to or are having a bad day. With grit comes persistence. Persistence will help you reach your goals quicker.
Successfully pivoting entails celebrating the small wins. Doing so helps you see how far you’ve come and motivates you to keep going. Comedian & advocate, Brittany Brave, shares her journey from working in the music industry to starting her company to now performing around the country. Additionally, she has created and built out a platform, Cat Call, that advocates for women leaders. You can find Brittany on Instagram: @brittanybrave
Layla Zaidane, executive dir. & COO of Millennial Action Project joins me to discuss her journey from the corporate world to the political realm. She shares how sometimes the unplanned pivots are sometimes the ones that catapult your career. Starting her career at Living Social to now being at the helm of re-establishing political cooperation across parties and defeat the polarization and gridlock that is holding back our government and country.
Ego has the reputation of being a negative force; however, when it comes to pivoting, you need to let your ego shine in order to move from point A to point B. There’s a thin line between a positive and negative ego. The positive ego is simply sharing with others what you are capable of accomplishing and the value you bring to the table. On Episode 9, I discuss the difference between the two types of egos and how you can practice letting your positive ego shine through.
Welcome to Season 1 finale of Embrace the Pivot podcast. In this episode, I address the importance of risk-taking in order to successfully pivot. If you're not willing or ready to take a risk, you'll never get to where you're going. In order to develop a risk-taking mindset, first, take small risks that aren't going majorly impact your life. Over time, you'll condition yourself so when faced with the opportunity to take a risk that will forever benefit your life, you'll be ready. Follow me on Instagram at @embracethepivot
Having survived a toxic, 12-year relationship, Jessica Licciardello (Creative Director of Bella Magazine) learned how her personal pivot would help her pivot professionally. She shares how to build self-confidence after experiencing a tragedy and how to believe in yourself enough to keep going, to not only survive but thrive. She is working on an art exhibit entitled 8 Minutes to Freedom that showcases her journey and how others can cope with domestic violence. You can find more information on the exhibit here. Jessica shares how she celebrates the post pivot. Join for an inspirational chat about pivoting through tragedy.
Excerpt from the exhibit:
8 Minutes to Freedom is an art exhibit exploring the survival of domestic abuse from my own perspective. As a survivor of an abusive relationship, I’ve come out the other side strong, but only by going through a long journey of healing. The whole way through, I have had support from friends and family, as well as people I have met along the way.
On Episode 6 of Embrace the Pivot, Tiffany Young, executive director of the Hartford Yard Goats, shares how she had to personally pivot in order to catapult her career. Through her experience she has developed the platform Pain to Purpose as a way to encourage and support others who have faced a similar situation; as a way to help others achieve their goals. Hear how Tiffany pivoted from a business owner to wife/mother and then transitioned back into the corporate world as the executive director of the Hartford Yard Goats Foundation. #embracethepivot
Have you ever wanted to meet Steven Spielberg? Learn how I met him in the most badass way!! All it took was confidence in myself and my desire to have a 2-minute conversation with him. Developing self-confidence doesn't happen overnight. It's the act of achieving small attainable goals that build a foundation for your self-confidence. In this episode, I share techniques on how to develop and maintain self-confidence prior to pivoting and during a pivot. @embracethepivot
LMS founders Denise Lambertson, Tim Lambertson and Kelli Reyes join me to discuss how they developed, maintained and sustained connections from the entertainment industry. With support from their network, they built the LMS Agency, an influencer and social media agency that champions incredible brands through innovative consumer-focused marketing services. They share how they have pivoted the company over the years and started an investment fund. Prepare to be inspired & motivated!!! #embracethepivot
Shannon Judd, Don Povia & Jason Bayuk, the founders of Transition Sports & Entertainment, join me for a conversation on how they pivoted their company to better empower athletes and entertainers to position themselves as enduring businesses. They discuss how they were able to shift their mindsets from Transition 1.0 to Transition 2.0. They also share the importance of building trust and maintaining relationships.
Transition brings together a collection of experts who have each found proven success within their expertise; business & financial acumen, communications, digital marketing, start-up expertise, operational optimization, creative ideation, production and execution... Our team becomes our client’s team, combined with their inner circle and reinforced by our client advisory board – experienced industry leaders in the athlete’s respective interests.
Networking is critical to succeeding. It is especially essential when you are experiencing a pivotal moment in your career. The quality of your network is what's going to fast track your next move. Join me in Episode 2 as I explore the first step to creating a quality network versus a quantity network, and how to begin developing meaningful relationships. #embracethepivot
Hi! I'm Dr. C. Robinson, an expert on pivoting. Everyone, at some point in life, pivots. Whether it's a personal (having kids, going back to school) or a professional (new job, starting a company) pivot, your success is largely based on your mindset. Episode 1 explores what it means to actually pivot and how I became an expert in pivoting. Join me on this exciting adventure of how to successfully pivot in your career.