Learning to pivot has been a valuable skill I’ve developed over time. It has helped me embrace change in all facets of my life, from the boardroom to babysitting.
Babysitting my nephew has been both joyful and exhausting. He and I are first born children and we demonstrate some of the same qualities; we can be independent, structured, cautious, conscientious, and want to lead. However, at 3 years old, his sense of independence and structure can change on a dime. Successfully avoiding meltdowns has been due to a skill developed over 40 years around the sun: I’ve learned how to pivot.
From arts and crafts, to cars and trucks, to various episodes of Blippi, I have learned ways to keep him entertained. As adults we learn change is inevitable, and embracing change and pivoting to the next can be difficult. Most recently, the pandemic has taught us all how to change many aspects of our lives; hopefully for the better.
Professionally, learning to pivot has been instrumental in my success. After 15 years as an operator at various retailers, I changed course in my career and joined Alvarez and Marsal’s Consumer and Retail Group (CRG).