• Rob

PIE in the sky?

If you’ve been reading my previous blogs, you may have guessed by now that I love a good acronym. This one is memorable and powerful (as a good acronym should be) and can be primarily used when thinking about your career. However, with some small adjustments it can be applied to other parts of your life too. Give it a read and let me know what you think.

This is the PIE model; if you can demonstrate each slice of the PIE, I believe you have a greater chance of success; whether that means applying for a job, career progression/promotion or even just demonstrating your capability as part of a review.


The P stands for performance. Ask yourself (and be honest) how well you are currently performing. Is there a way that you can measure this? Can you prove that you have measurably improved since the last time you checked?

Is your record of performance consistent both in your current role and previous roles?

Do you always commit fully to your task(s)?

Do you work well as a part of a team?

Are you seen as someone who collaborates and positively influences?

Are you driven by results?

Do you reflect on feedback you receive and act on it when appropriate?

These are all difficult questions and it is important to take the time to consider them and answer them objectively.

When your performance is at the required level, when the first piece of the PIE is ready, it’s time to take a look at the second.


The I stands for image. Take a step back for a moment and think about an individual who you would like to collaborate with, work with more often and who you find inspiring to work with. Think about their image and how you perceive them. Then think about some of the attributes that they have.

Do you think that the people you work with see you the same way?

How do you think your colleagues/customers/your manager would describe you?

Do you consider yourself to be a role model?

Do others know what you do and what your strengths are?

Do you have integrity?

If you’re not content with your answers to the I questions, that’s ok, you just need some time to work on the improvements that should be clear to you now. Take a pause here and work them out before you move on to the third piece of this delicious PIE.


The E stands for exposure. Your performance is strong and you are able to demonstrate the behaviours and competencies of someone who others like to work with. Now, you need to make sure that you are (metaphorically) shouting about this and, more importantly, that you are letting the right people know. This is the area that people tend to find most challenging, usually because there is a fine line between being proud of who you are/your achievements and being arrogant and over the top. This is a difficult balance to get right.

Try to identify the people who have influence; what kind of relationship do you have with them?

Who do you know and who knows you? Is there a way that you can make a connection to them? This does not need to be a work-based connection.

Do others appreciate and respect you, your performance and your image?

Do you have a mentor? If not, I would suggest you identify someone who is able to challenge you and hold you accountable to your behaviours.

As I wrote at the beginning, this is a powerful tool you can use when looking at your career. Having said that, it can also be used in other areas of your life as you think about, shape and plan for your aspirations.

With strong performance, a considered image and the correct exposure, you too can prosper; in the end, all three pieces of the PIE are within your control.

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