What’s Your Pivot Factor?

May 31, 2021
Executive Coaching

Pivoting is being able to quickly change things to create success where there may have been impending failure or poor results.


During 2020 and 2021 many organizations had to pivot like never before.  The pandemic caused such disruption that operations had to be looked at through a completely different lens.  


For instance, restaurants would normally have people dining inside. After suddenly having to close their inside dining, they turned their systems around by delivering more food than ever before and eventually adding outside dining.  


Along with the big pivot of delivering food to homes, they at another point started to serve diners outside the restaurant in the open air.  Although some had patios before, they were not utilized as much as during the pandemic.


Today, let’s take a look at your PIVOT FACTOR.  This is the term I am using for you to evaluate how prepared you are to pivot in your organization.  Think about which rating you would give yourself:




5 We are excellent at pivoting and have always been proactive about it.

4 We are good at pivoting, but usually do it only when necessary.

3 We know how to pivot, but don’t always do it quickly enough.

2 We are poor at pivoting and may even lose revenue because we don’t.

1 We’ve never thought about pivoting.

If you need help with making your organization more pivotable, contact me to learn more about my module “Being Experts at The Pivot”.  It wasn’t just important during the pandemic.  It’s essential to consider every year.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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