Pivotabiltiy Index: FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the Pivotability Index! Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. 

What is the Pivotability Index or pIVOT IQ Score?

The Pivotability Index gives a back-of-the-napkin self-assessment to understand how open, agile and flexible you are to change, both in terms of mindset and ability to change quickly and in a positive direction (however you define it). Your mindset, relationship-building skills, level of expertise, risk tolerance, and even financial foundation can influence how fluid you are at pivoting. 

How long will the assessment take?

The assessment consists of 38 yes/no questions, and takes approximately five minutes to complete. These questions are meant to be answered quickly and honestly, with what first comes to mind. Don’t worry about spending time analyzing the questions or what you “should” say.


What are the Pivot IQ outcomes? 

When you take the Pivotability self-assessment, your results will be one of three pivot profiles, or outcomes: 

  • Security Seeker
  • Measured Pivoter
  • Pivot Pro

Read more about each one here »


How are you using the data?

Your answers are anonymous and confidential. We only review the data in aggregate, for the purposes of understanding and helping people relate to change and take actions to improve their pivot muscles. 

What if the result doesn't fit me?

Because the assessment is completed in less than 10 minutes, your results might not be 100 percent accurate. We are also in beta; the more data we collect (including your helpful feedback after you receive your results about how accurate they were) will help us continue to refine the survey over time. The Pivot Index is not meant to strictly define your ability to pivot, but to help gauge where you might be in terms of readiness.

Ultimately, you know yourself best—trust your gut. If the results are not a fit, ditch them! If there are aspects of what we've said that resonates, even if difficult to hear, check out Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One for a more in-depth look at how to be agile throughout the change process.

What categories measure pivotability?

The Pivotability Index measures four categories of pivotability, each known to influence the when, how, and outcome of a pivot: 

  • Emotional Mindset: Your beliefs about your success and intelligence, and how you approach challenges and tough situations
  • Work & Reputation: The mindset you adopt when you think about career and work
  • Family & Social Network: The robustness of your network and how you relate to your friends and family
  • Financial & Resource Flexibility: Your financial independence, and how it might aid or hinder future aspirations

A few questions bothered me. What's up with those?

The questions in the Pivotability Index are carefully crafted to best understand one’s agility in times of change. We understand all people are different, and while we have written the questions to capture as much nuance as possible, we have also engineered the index so that no one question will skew the results. Some of the topics we ask about are sensitive, but our research shows that they do often affect when and how people pivot.


Who created this assessment?

The Pivotability Index is a collaborative project authored by Jenny Blake, career strategist and author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, and Dr. Tom Guarriello, co-founder of the Masters in Branding program and professor at SVA, and founder of RoboPsych.

More about Jenny:

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. Jenny is the author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016), and Life After College (Running Press, 2011), which is based on her blog of the same name. Today you can find her at JennyBlake.me where she explores systems at the intersection of mind, body and business. Subscribe to the Pivot Podcast and follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.


More about Tom:

Tom Guarriello has a Ph.D. in psychology and has spent most of his career helping individuals and organizations to improve the quality of their lives and relationships. Fifteen years ago, he co-founded a consulting firm called TrueTalk, Inc., with Peggy Kelston. In 2009, he was invited to become a Founding Faculty member in the Master’s in Branding program at New York City’s School of Visual Arts. Over the past few years, he became increasingly fascinated with the ways in which modern technologies, especially robots, were changing the psychological landscape, which inspired him to create the RoboPsych podcast and newsletter.