Let me tell you about Eva. She went through a career pivot, as many of you may be considering right now. She left the financial industry to become an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and women’s rights.
When Eva came for executive coaching, she already had outstanding reputation assets. She’d spent 25 years successfully working on Wall Street, and for the past 15 years, she’d supported a leading organization focused on promoting equality for women.
When the organization she worked for needed to close, she became curious about business ownership. People who knew her recognized her talents, strengths, and passion, but only as a behind-the-scenes person. Her pivot from employee to owner required moving from the back of the stage to the front.
My work with Eva focused on amplifying her voice and leveraging her experience and passion for the new direction of her business. As a result, she began working with large companies, facilitating their diversity and inclusion mission to include programs and education for the advancement of women. Her reputation as an outspoken, thoughtful, and passionate advocate of women’s rights eventually achieved national visibility.
As you move from one career or job or focus to another, consider these steps:
#1 Consider your goals. What is your career goal in making this pivot?
#2 List your current assets. How are you known today?
#3 Decide which assets are most valuable to take with you into your next career.
#4 Identify gaps between where you are and where you want to be.
Whether you’ve dreamed about a major career change for years, or you wake up one morning and realize you were destined for something different. Transitioning your reputation assets from one path to another takes finesse, skill, and planning.
**Extract from my latest book “Control The Narrative: The Executive’s Guide to Building, Pivoting and Repairing Your Reputation.” The book is a clear roadmap to help you succeed in your pivot. Grab your copy today.