In this ever changing, fast-paced business environment, it can seem counterintuitive to PAUSE. What we are seeing is that there is great value in PAUSING to assess your key business strategies and objectives no matter how fast the pace.   In doing so, you can PIVOT when current reality has shifted, and a new direction is called for. This is one of the most strategic moves a business can make to stay sustainable, achieve desired results and remain true to your company’s vision.

It is easy and natural to be in the flow of accomplishing goals and objectives to create business results; yet, how often, when we are off course, would we want to know sooner rather than later? This simple Pause can save costly waste of time and resources.

While it seems counterintuitive, taking time to Pause can be achieved in a variety of ways:

  • Build the Pause into your weekly flow of work – create time for asking questions such as: “Are we still on the right track?”; “What new information have we received that will affect us moving forward as planned?”
  • Incorporate a new strategy for when new information arises, or current conditions change. When this happens stop and ask, “How is this affecting the tasks and strategies at hand … our direction?”
  • Integrate an inquiring mind into your organization’s culture – “how you do things around here”- so that it becomes second nature to Pause and Pivot to recognize when current strategies are no longer serving you.

In a recent client team development session, we asked the group to Pause and reflect on whether they had the right processes in place to achieve their annual strategic initiatives. The initial impact of asking the question was alarming to the team; however, when they gave themselves the time to take an honest look at their current processes and results, they realized that many of their processes were indeed good and solid. What was missing was that their people did not fully understand several of the processes and how to execute on what was being asked of them. This Pause created the opportunity to address what was missing and educate on process and performance requirements.  No one wants to fail and an intense focus on strategy without a PAUSE would have prevented a necessary PIVOT.

What does it mean to PIVOT?

When your goals and strategies are no longer effective, that is a key time to change direction and align with the current situation, to turn, to PIVOT.

Examples of when organizations may need to Pivot are:

  • External market conditions shift unexpectedly;
  • Technology systems are outpacing internal efficiency;
  • Organizational growth is calling for managers and leaders to work cross functionally
  • Market competition for talent is high;
  • Government regulations are changing
  • Training is required to get desired results
  • We are working hard but not working smart

To Pivot in a sustainable, scaling business means to be able to quickly change tactical and strategic direction while keeping momentum and remaining true to the company’s mission and vision.

Companies are founded on a vision and organized around a mission and core values to move the company forward. To achieve this future, a truly sustainable company needs to stay nimble and intentional to effectively Pause and Pivot as a key part of managing change and being strategic all the while remaining true to the company’s mission.