Pivot: From ___ To ___
Your state of mind may be blocking your momentum toward a better future.
Many business leaders
were not prepared for an external threat that results in a forced shutdown or
significant and sudden loss of customers. As a leader, what you do next can
greatly influence your own well-being and that of so many more – in your
workplace, suppliers and vendors, community, other stakeholders and beyond such
as those who serve who you serve. It’s the ripple effect of your words and
What you say and do is
driven by what you believe, and by your mindset. While beliefs take some time
to change, you can shift your mindset at any moment.
You are in complete control… of your mindset.
Imagine how you
influence other’s words and actions. You have an opportunity to set the context
for positive mindsets. And that – that orchestration of many shifts by many
people – is The Pivot. This way of orchestrating change is not a
one-time initiative, it’s a habit.
At times when you feel
that you are not in control, and that can be quite uncomfortable. You know that
to grow you must step out of comfort. Growth is what I usually focus on as I
coach leaders. But right now, I want to get you back to sanity – to some level of
comfort – so that you can be the best leader for all those who are looking to
you to be a positive influence for them. I am asking you to pause and consider
your mindset or state of mind. Is it negative or positive right now? Is it
serving you and others or is it not? Is it keeping you stuck or moving you
Negative emotions –
especially if held and reinforced through repetition – can seriously mess with
your well-being. And there are a few in particular that are inhibiting an
ability to lead during this crisis: Entitlement, Victim mentality, and Apathy.
Feeling entitled is
similar to seeking to blame someone or something outside; it weakens your
resilience, insight, and ability to lead with positive influence. Feeling a
victim can be even more debilitating to your effectiveness as a leader; you are
sending a message that blaming others as an excuse for not stepping up to the
challenge in whatever way you can. Taking no action, being apathetic, puts you
at odds of your role as the steward of your business, and it’s well-being. If
your state of mind involves any of these three, you are not maintaining
whatever momentum might be possible for your business. You might be frozen.
In a recent interview
by Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal, Charlie Munger (now 96 and seemingly
as clear-minded as ever!), replied this way when asked if their (Berkshire
Hathaway) phone was ringing with “…corporate executives…begging for
“No, they aren’t,” said Mr. Munger. “The typical reaction is that people are frozen…They’ve never seen anything like it. Their playbook does not have this as a possibility.”
Being nimble is
required for momentum in your business, and your life. The only way to not get
stuck, at least not for very long, is to be nimble.
When you are nimble, you rarely get blocked or stuck. If you do – by something, someone, or your own thoughts – you have what it takes to move around, over, under or through.
includes a personal ability to pivot your state of mind from negatively stuck
to positively productive. So, step up, be the leader you are, and do these
- Give yourself a break; let the past go. Stop kicking yourself about your initial reaction (or
inaction), even if that lasted for several weeks. Let that go.
- Pivot now to a different mindset and better
leadership. To do so, first assess the
state you are in. Then choose what state you want to be in: “From ____ To _____.”
Once you get the hang of this, you’ll be able to shift your state of mind
to more positive levels, step by step, very quickly. (I am calm and happy.
But I’m not in those states every second of every day! I choose to live in
a positive state of mind – it’s the only way I can create, serve, and be
well. I’ve learned how to shift away from a negative state quite quickly.
I’m not perfect! I get triggered by unnecessary hoops and being misunderstood.
At the start of this at-home time, as business fell away, I felt I was in
slow motion, with concern for people and that I might be missing a step or
not be available as needed).
- Check your mindset before you say or do anything. It may help you to learn your triggers. You can look
inside, and you can ask others who know you well. For example, do you tend
to compare your situation to what you perceive is happening to/for others?
Does lack of fairness drive you nuts? Or promises that were not kept? Or the
deal changing after it’s agreed to? Or technology glitches that seem to
block your every move and deplete the precious time you have? Or
incentives that cause actions to run counter to stated intentions? Or…
(you get it — these are a few aspects of “relief” and
“PPP” that are triggering negative mindsets in business leaders
Allow me to share something that helped me shift out of my almost-stall. I Pivoted From “what PPP was triggering in me (see #3)” To “my own PPP” defined this way:
- P = Perspective.
Am I looking at this in a way that serves my well-being and the health of
my business and all stakeholders?
- Pp = Patient Persistence.
Am I staying aware, paying attention where that’s needed, while also still
leading the way forward, with intention?
- P = Power. When
I am being, doing, or saying this, am I in my power (moving forward on my
agenda) or am I giving my power to someone else?
I would love to know what your own PPP Pivot might be!
The Pivot Catalyst & Aligned Momentum