This quote by Gail Sheehy perfectly fits advice offered by a mentor…that in life, career, or business, change is necessary for growth (and vice versa). Without it, we wither and die. We must constantly evaluate, dream, and reach so that we may achieve our potential, and more!
After 11 years owning and growing The Career Group, LLC – a company I started to focus primarily on career coaching – I felt deeply that a big change was needed. I just didn’t know what that change would be, or how and when it would occur.
I spend my days coaching my clients on all facets of business – from strategy to leadership; communication to conflict; from hiring the best people, to firing the toxic ones when necessary. The more I thought about my business, the more I realized that I had turned into the proverbial shoe cobbler – crafting beautiful shoes that all my clients could wear, while my children went barefoot.
This revelation, while painful, led me to apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. The intensive, 13-week program helps entrepreneurs like me create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital, and business support services. It gave me the boost I needed to change what had become comfortable.
During and after the Goldman Sachs program, I began strategizing with my business and marketing advisors, and through this process, Pivot Growth Partners emerged. A name and a company that was more comprehensive, more focused, and more descriptive of the work that we actually do. Let me tell you more about the name.
The noun ‘PIVOT’ is defined as “a pin, point, or short shaft on the end of which something rests and turns, or upon and about which something rotates or oscillates.” The verb ‘pivot’ is defined as “to turn on or as on a pivot.”