In basketball it means to keep one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction. The purpose of a pivot is to gain a positional advantage.
Right now, as of March 16, 2020, the United States is pivoting. Everywhere you look online, we see teams big and small pivoting. Some are panicking like Ross on F.R.I.E.N.D.S. screaming "Pivot! Pivot!" while getting metaphorically stuck on a staircase with a couch wedged against the wall because they are giving in to fear and panic. Others are handling it much better.
First, we realize that right now we need to pivot. We might not be able to physically go into the spaces we normally do, but we can still show up and be present right where we are.
Realize that pivoting is an offensive position. That's what we as a country are doing right now....
We all bring some sort of value to the table, no matter where we are. When you don’t know that you have value to offer, you don’t use it intentionally. Let’s quickly dive in to 4 Kinds of Value that we all have to offer.
Value 1: Functional Value
This is the solution that you offer. It can be a product, a service, a skillset, a communication style, etc. Employees can bring functional value simply by speaking up to offer a solution when needed. Entrepreneurs need to know the functional value they offer for their clients. And in our every day lives, we add functional value simply through the talents and gifts that we share. Self-awareness can even be a functional value!
Value 2: Monetary Value
Okay you might be thinking, “I don’t own a business. I work my job, I’m a full time employee. I don’t have any monetary value.”
That’s not true. Monetary value is a trade off between other values and the cost paid. So if you are an employee,...