Erin Ivey: Hack The Pivot

Are you trying to make smart decisions in your life? Need to make a pivot? Then in this interview we talk to Erin Ivey about her INBOUND 202 talk o how to Hack The Pivot. Learn what you can do to make your transitions in life more meaningful and more focused.

Hack The Pivot

Learn a powerful daily practice to center your balance and change direction with clarity and purpose.

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About the Expert

Erin Ivey

Erin Ivey lives a double life. She is an award-winning singer-songwriter as well as a consultant in project planning and implementation. Erin brings an artist’s perspective to all her work. She believes tapping into your own creativity is key to success and fulfillment. Erin has worked with startups and Fortune 500 companies alike on a diverse array of projects - from art to engineering to the Olympics. She is currently on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) Texas Chapter. She holds a PMP certification, Six Sigma Green Belt, and specializes in the Project Success Method.

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George Thomas
inbound attendees. You know what time it is. We're back with another inbound speaks where we talk about inbound speakers about what they're speaking on. I know it's super meta, but that's how we roll here. I am excited because today we are going to be talking with Aaron IV, we're going to be talking about something that's passionate to my heart, which is like transitions and pivoting and all sorts of nerdy stuff like that. But But before we get into it, let's roll that bumper and get into the good stuff. All right, so I can't wait for the next eight to 15 minutes depending on how long this goes. Aaron Ivey, why don't you explain to the inbound attendees, the sprocket tears, the viewers, the listeners, who you are and kind of what makes you tick.

Unknown Speaker
Hi, everybody. My name is Aaron. Thanks, George for having me. I'm so happy to be here with you. What makes me tick? Well, I I have a sordid history in a number of different industries. And I think the the The thing that is currently kind of blowing my mind is how we synthesize all of the disparate parts of ourselves to, to bring our whole selves to work to bring our whole selves to the dinner table, and really be fulfilled not only in the work that we're doing, but making sure that we're checking in on a regular basis to make sure that the plans that we made for ourselves that three to five year plan, that that's still relevant, and that we're able to bring our whole selves as we change and as, especially recently as circumstances change around us. That's what's getting me really excited is how to maintain that balance, as we're forced to. If you'll forgive the often used phrase, or word, pivot,

George Thomas
yeah, I love this. I love this and I think we can use that word a ton. To be honest with you. It's funny because I've always called this Transition specialist. Like what? What what are you good at? Man? I'm good at being a transition specialist like, but there's so many good pieces about this, Aaron because first of all, you use the word synthesised, which is like at first Scrabble word on him. That's amazing. Any points? Yeah. 30 points. But this idea of balance, you said something and then they're about making, you know, that makes you tick is the whole looking at the plan in the goal, the three and five? Does it still make sense? Like so many times? I know me personally, we put those things in place. And we just keep chugging along and we don't stop and realize like, oh, but wait, should be heading that way. So with that said, though, before we get too deep into this, talk to the inbound attendees about who should attend your session, and why they should actually attend your session at this inbound digital event.

Unknown Speaker
Well, I hate to be too exclusive, but I

Unknown Speaker
think that if you're not Ready or able to take a deep look at the way that you might be creating obstacles for yourself? unwittingly Of course, then you probably shouldn't attend my session. But if you are interested in diving a little bit deeper into your own motivations into how aligned you actually are with what you currently are interested in accomplishing, maybe looking at the delta between what you say you want and what you actually are willing to do for that. Those are the kinds of people ready for introspection ready for a jumpstart that can really kick you in the ass.

George Thomas
I love this. So it's funny because I was just having a conversation about this kind of thing that we do as humans, which you labeled it a little bit different, but I call it self sabotage where we're not sure that we absolutely can be that thing that we think that we want to be And we, when we get close to being that all sudden we like do these radical weird things as human beings. And and hopefully inbound attendees, what I hope you heard is that if you're ready to be vulnerable, if you're ready to kind of just put it all out on the table and look at all the cards that you have that you think you have, and really want to make a decision on how to play life moving forward, then you should attend this session. So Aaron, when you think about one tip, maybe two, we don't want to give away the whole form that you would want to share with people between now and then actually attending your session to start to think about this pivot or this change or this kind of self awareness or looking in towards oneself and who they want to be or become like, Where does your mind go with that

Unknown Speaker
navigational tools

Unknown Speaker
you know, we all we're all different, and we all different things make us tick and if you can find Those navigational tools that are going to be honest with you, so that you can be honest with yourself. Those are going to be things that you can return to. And it's not just one thing, but I find that having a daily practice, you know, not not beating yourself up when when that daily practice isn't so daily, but you'll get back to it something that that you can measure your self against, in an honest way where you're not, it's not you and your spouse, it's not you and the, your audience. It's you and you having a having a real conversation. If you can't be honest with yourself, then you're probably misleading other people as well and going down a road where you can't be your authentic self and honor the changes that are going on inside and around you.

George Thomas
So I have to go here, I have to go here because I think for myself and a lot of people, and I'll say myself historically, and a lot of people right now It may be hard to be honest with yourself. So when you think about being honest with oneself having the understanding or knowing to actually have that conversation with oneself without feeling like you just went mentally insane, like, are they? how can how can you start to have that honest conversation?

Unknown Speaker
That's such a great observation and question. It can at first feel like you're insane because I think talking to yourself is, is weird. And when I started doing this practice that I talked about in my session, it was it was weird. It took me a little while to really embrace what I was doing. But then the exponential return on that investment was so gratifying and so visible, not only to me, but to my family and my peers. I think it's part of have what you call the healthy hustle. And I think that's so important to figure out how you can do your hustle. But do it in a way that's really sustainable. And another thing that I love about your values, especially is that reduction of internal and external chaos. Because I think what people tend to do is throw more chaos into their lives, the farther away they get from their true path, to cover up their responsibility or their whatever it is that's going on. And I think peeling back those layers takes a lot of courage. And maybe now you know, I'm seeing it in my community, people are able to take more time or having to take more time they're spending more time in the same four walls, and they're having to look inside a little bit more which I think can be really worthwhile.

George Thomas
Yeah, there's been this thing of so how's it feel to have to slow down people like that is literally what has happened over the last like, you know, 90 120 days, you know, depending on when you're watching this. It used to be all about go go, go go and you could hide a lot of things in that movement and when that movement is gone, and I know you inbound attendees, you're like, well, what practice Aaron on not in this house. I'm not asking that question. That's why you have to attend her session. So Aaron, here's my last question for you because I could talk about this all day with you and and you know, me like the healthy hustle the being the happy, humble human. Like there's just there's a lot here that we could unpack. But last year when I did these interviews I my favorite question, which is probably why I refuse to let it go this year, even though I think inbound should send out applause buttons to all the speakers. So like when they're done With their session, they can just hit that applause button. But let's pretend you give your session. You know, everybody in their home stand up, they give you a raving round of applause. What do you at that moment hope that the attendees have taken away? What do you hope that they believe? How do you want them to kind of move forward?

Unknown Speaker
In our businesses and in our jobs? We have metrics. We have, let's let's use the project management paradigm for a minute because that's my special

Unknown Speaker
obsession.

Unknown Speaker
You make a plan. You write a charter, it's what you intend to do. You check back in with that charter, you plan according to what you know right now. And then with a rolling wave planning, you know, you're going to learn things as you go. You're going to have to go back and amend the charter, and you're going to have to change your plans. As you learn more, why shouldn't we have that kind of practice built into our personal lives? Because that really is the seed that creates so much clarity not only in your personal life, but then you take that clarity to your teams in your leadership roles. And and then it helped. It's another navigational tool that helps keep you on the right path that that's right for you. That's right for your business, your teams. It's it's so powerful

George Thomas
inbound attendees, I'm going to tell you right now, you should probably do what I'm gonna do. As soon as this interview is over, hit the restart button. Listen to this. Again, there's so many good nuggets, but what I want you to do, I want you to focus on the courage that you need a vulnerability that is going to be something that will help you along the way. I want you to definitely make it to Aaron IV session and think about what pivots what transitions Do I need to make in my life While you're doing all that, we'll be waiting for you in the next episode.