Embracing Change: The Power of Pivot in Business?

Not everybody likes change. Change often brings disruption, confusion and a feeling of being unsettled. But learning to embrace change, in business, can be one of the most powerful tools in your toolkit. Why? Well in the crazy world of business, change is the only constant. Industries shift, customer preferences evolve, and unforeseen circumstances can disrupt even the most well-laid plans. In such an environment, the ability to pivot becomes a critical skill for any business seeking long-term success. 

Today we explore the power of the pivot in business, sharing actionable insights on how to embrace change effectively.

Let’s Explore The Power of the Pivot


Adaptability Leads to Resilience

Adaptability is a cornerstone of resilience in business. Organizations that can pivot quickly in response to changing circumstances are better equipped to weather economic downturns, technological disruptions, or unforeseen crises. History is replete with examples of companies that have not only survived but thrived by embracing change. Consider Netflix, which evolved from a DVD rental service to a streaming giant, or Apple, which shifted from a computer manufacturer to a global tech leader. These companies understood the power of the pivot and adapted their strategies accordingly – not just to create a competitive edge, but to be brave and deliver something new to an evolving audience.

Staying Relevant in a Dynamic Market

Market dynamics are in a constant state of flux. Consumer demands, competitors, and technology can all change rapidly, leaving businesses that fail to adapt at risk of obsolescence. To stay relevant, it’s essential to monitor industry trends, customer feedback, and emerging technologies. Embracing change enables businesses to align with these shifts, ensuring they remain competitive in their respective markets. We talk a lot about this in our New Markets whitepaper which you can find here.

Capitalizing on Opportunities

Change doesn’t always bring challenges; it can often bring new opportunities. A well-timed pivot can open doors to untapped markets, innovative product offerings, or strategic partnerships. By remaining open to change, businesses can position themselves to capitalize on these opportunities and gain a competitive advantage. Embracing change isn’t just about surviving; it’s about thriving in a dynamic landscape.


Explore my 5 key ways to embrace change in business

  1. Foster a Culture of Innovation

Innovation requires different minds to come together. I would urge all of you to create a diverse task force that thinks differently and can approach trends and topics with a unique point of view. Encourage your team to think creatively and explore new ideas. Create an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their insights and experimenting with new approaches.

  1. Stay Informed

Regularly assess your industry, market, and customer trends. Whether you attend industry events, read weekly newsletters or ensure an open dialogue with good pals within the industry – whatever works for you, do it and make sure it is consistent! Stay informed about emerging technologies and evolving consumer preferences. Knowledge is power, and understanding the changes happening around you will enable you to make informed decisions.

  1. Be Agile

Incorporate agility into your business processes. Develop flexible strategies that can adapt to changing circumstances. This might involve shorter planning cycles, cross-functional teams, or rapid prototyping. This doesn’t mean you can’t have an end goal, but by being flexible in your path to that goal, you’ll leave yourself open for growth where needed. The key is to be ready to adjust your course when necessary.

  1. Learn How to Fail

Not every pivot will be a resounding success. Some may fail, and that’s okay. Failure can provide valuable insights and serve as a stepping stone to future successes. This is true not only in business but in life too. Often the biggest achievements we have in our lives have been as a result of some kind of failure. Encourage a culture where failure is viewed as a learning opportunity, not a setback.

  1. Communicate Effectively

Change can be unsettling for employees and stakeholders. Clear and transparent communication is essential during times of transition. Keep your team informed about the reasons for the pivot, the expected outcomes, and their roles in the process.


Let’s summarise.

I cannot stress enough how the power of the pivot cannot be overstated. Embracing change is not just a survival strategy; it’s a pathway to growth, innovation, and long-term success. 

Remember that change is not a threat; it’s an opportunity waiting to be seized. So, embrace change, and let it propel your business to new heights!

Introducing LaunchPad: The Management Consultancy for Ad-tech Scale-ups?

We interview our CEO and co-founder, Guy Jackson, to understand a little more about how LaunchPad came to fruition, and what the future holds for the business.


1. How did the LaunchPad idea come about?

Launchpad was an evolution rather than an idea. After years (potentially decades, but that would reveal my age!) of working in several high-growth businesses, you get a real sense of how businesses operate, whilst an understanding of both the importance of empowerment and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s no easy feat, to launch a new business and it takes a huge amount of passion and patience to do so. In fact, According to the latest data, up to 90% of startup businesses fail, and across almost all industries, the average failure rate throughout years two through five is a staggering 70%.

Several factors will hinder many in their journey to success; from external economic disruption to market maturity and adoption. Yet, with those somewhat obvious obstacles removed, many of the challenges faced by AdTech leaders today are centred around the lack of process and oftentimes dysfunctional leadership team structure.  Scale-up businesses need to move fast and leaders need to have the conviction to make decisions whilst creating and leveraging collective alignment and strategy often suffers as a result.  

It was during a fast-paced period after Teads sale to Altice and the subsequent 4-year earn-out when growth requirements and heavy expectation was so intense that I was able to appreciate everything that made a business scalable. Whether that be through its ‘Sales-first’ culture, the technology infrastructure, its finance and funding, as well as operational practices.  All these moving parts are valuable in their own right, yet only make sense when underpinned by a solid strategy. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts if you will. 

And that strategy piece can often be hard to navigate – especially when you are too far into the weeds of the business. Hence the launch of LaunchPad.


2. What is the core mission of LaunchPad and what makes it unique?

In its simplest form, LaunchPad has been designed to deliver transformative growth for AdTech businesses. It is all centred around the ability to deeply analyse the parts of an AdTech company and, then build a robust strategy to optimise its delivery in a way that maximises its potential for scale.  

In terms of what makes us unique, I see this as a two-pronged answer. 

Firstly, the founding team (including myself) and our want to never stop learning:

When I was launching the business alongside my co-founder, Remy Wasyluk, I heavily invested in myself by way of further education that gave me an academic basis for my work. I undertook a diploma in Management Consultancy to learn about in-depth business strategy practices, and then later went on to complete a mini-MBA in product strategy, which was invaluable in understanding the requirements of technology businesses to focus on and efficiently deliver customer value.  

Secondly, the LaunchPad model:

The LaunchPad business model acts as a new kind of management consultancy layer; one that provides a variety of bespoke specialisms, from consultancy services and system integrators to commercial and strategic direction. Our thorough consultancy process – combined with an incredible network of subject matter experts – sets us apart from the traditional consultancy business model. This crossover of professional backgrounds, collaboration and exposure to different areas of AdTech puts us in a very unique position within the industry.


3. What areas of AdTech excite you the most, and which projects make you tick?!

What excites us as a business is the requirement for change.  The prerequisite for change is nearly always disruption, and that disruption usually comes from one of two areas:  

I’ve become almost philosophical about the innate nature of change and its importance in both personal as well as business evolution.  It’s always been required, however I believe that we are entering a new era of acceleration that is going to reshape the way that we act and operate as both people and businesses to meet the needs of the future, a future that is only around the corner.  

As humans, we are pre-programmed to seek comfort and safety in familiarity and this means that growth can be quite an uncomfortable experience.  I’ve put a lot of work into myself personally – as well as in the strategies that we deliver to our clients – to embrace change and challenge every area.  

It’s the breaking down of barriers that makes me tick; seeing potential and growth in individuals and numbers is my passion.  Working with a client to move past the obstacles that once hindered them, is a very powerful thing.