The Only Move that Matters

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Jenny Blake Are you at a point in your career where you know that there has to be more and are unsure what’s next? Or, are you aware of what you could do next and yet aren’t taking the action needed to move ahead? According to Jenny Blake, former career development program manager at Google and author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, hitting a career plateau is not a problem, nor is it a crisis. Rather, she advocates that you can and should leverage what is already working to strategically plan what’s next. In this CareerCast, Jenny shares her own pivots, insights from those transitions, and how you can make your next move really count.

Aired May 19, 2017

Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One and Life After College.

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, after two years at a technology start-up followed by five years at Google in Training and Career Development in Silicon Valley, Jenny moved to New York City in 2011 where she has been running her own consulting business in the years since. Jenny combines her love of technology with her superpower of simplifying complexity to help clients pivot their career or business. One of her personal mottos: if change is the only constant, let's get better at it.

In 2017, PIVOT received an Axiom Best Business Books gold medal for the Careers category. JP Morgan selected PIVOT for their client #NextList2017, Business Insider named it among the 20 best business books of 2016 and 7 books that will change the way you work in 2017. Jenny has been featured as a career change expert on CNBC, in The New York Times and The Sunday Times UK. Her Pivot Podcast is a top rated show that CNBC listed among 6 podcasts to make you smarter about your career, and selected by Entrepreneur as one of the top 20 female-hosted business podcasts.

Today you can find her at and, where she explores systems at the intersection of mind, body and business. Jenny is a yoga fanatic and avid book worm. Dogs, dancing, gadgets, writing, traveling, and long meals with friends all make her pretty happy too. Jenny is based in New York City, where she imagines she’s starring in a movie whenever she walks through its crowded streets. Subscribe to the Pivot Podcast, check out her private Momentum community for solopreneurs and side-hustlers, and follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.

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The PathFinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, revised and updated edition by Nicholas Lore (2012)

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