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Use Pivotal Thinking Tools Overcome Being Invisible in Your Career

What is Pivotal Thinking?
It is emotionally intelligent processing that quickly assesses how to take action in a given situation. Emotionally intelligent because analysis takes in a 360° view, then macro to micro in what Malcolm Gladwell calls a “blink.”
The ability to pivot is not about changing one’s mind. It is more about agility and quick response to a present circumstance. Consider how a basketball player pivots, shifting weight from one foot to another to maintain balance so the player does not fall. Use Pivotal Thinking™ for Optimum Action
Most of all, Pivotal Thinking requires an open mind and resourcefulness. For example, think about a movie you have seen where a boat takes on water or a train is running out of control. The “hero” saves the day with a practical or inventive way to avert a tragedy. The McGyver character was famous for this type of resourcefulness. The link takes you to a few ideas you can enjoy.
Pivotal Thinking Genesis
After coaching and training thousands of professionals, I tracked recurring career and personal themes. Why does one succeed and another crash?
Adults today are struggling with how to focus and perform effectively in work and social environments. It’s not you—There are too many distractions and set ups for failure. We are reacting, not thinking in the workplace environment. It is almost impossible to focus.
Areas to explore—
Embrace the “S” theory. The S Theory is built on success and experience.
Here’s how it works: draw a chain of “S” (see sample)
Diagram of linked S's
Start at the bottom. Imagine you are an infant. You are in a state of conscious incompetence. As you move up the “S”, your consciousness introduces you to new facts about your world—sounds, smells, features. Watch a baby when s/he discovers feet and hands! It’s an epiphany. Once you get the idea and move from the Unconsious Incompetence (you don’t know you don’t know) to the top of the bottom “S” you have moved to Conscious Incompetence (you know you don’t know something) through to the top to Conscious Competence (where you know what you know and have mastered something) then with practice it becomes Unconsious Competence (an instrument, medical procedures, sports prowess, muscle memory developed through repetition, and natural talents who have it without effort. Think Mozart!)
Put aside conventional wisdom for these sessions. Open your leadership style to robust and thought-provoking proven methods to advance your people, processes, performance and profitability all founded “on purpose.”
Beyond ADD, adults today are struggling with how to focus and perform effectively in work and social environments.
It’s not you. There are too many distractions and set ups for failure.
Join like-minded people in a VMP™ experience to discover the formula that converts productivity into career satisfaction and performance.
Here is where Pivotal Thinking can serve you—
Coach Cubas’ Findings:
  • Hostile and “tricky” work environments
  • Short-term thinking
  • Disconnect between values and actions
  • Reactive rather than Anticipatory expectations
  • “ME” focus rather than for the “Good of the House”
  • Scarcity premise rather than abundant approaches
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Innate ability for “other orientation”
  • Conserve rather than exploit
  • Willing to take calculated risk
  • Supports team unconditionally
Consider these emotionally intelligent ideas to discuss in your VMP Group:
What is the gap between influence and impact?
         The space between thought and action
What is the difference between tenacious and stubborn?
         How do you break the deadlock?
                   Focus on the desired outcome
                   Focus and follow the written objectives
                  Remain unattached to the outcome

Key words:
  • Strategic thinking
  • Business development
  • Communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Language and vocabulary
  • Public speaking
  • Perspective
  • Project management


As a credentialed business coach and analyst, one of my primary functions is to work with individuals and company managers to clarify where they are presently, where they would like to advance, and what tools they have and need to achieve their desired outcome.

I use a variety of tools to assess perceptions including Platinum Rule instruments, my experience and training in assessing behavior. My preferred tool is the EQ-i®, emotional intelligence inventory. I have specialized training on the EQ-i® and DISC Inventories and access to multiple other sources including a company culture index. I prefer the EQ-i® because it is the least judgmental instrument I have found. It focuses on strengths and areas of development related to the goals set by the individual. For example, people are more likely to apply the EQ-i®’s information rather than label themselves by the Myers-Briggs categories.

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