TRIPLE III TIME: Keeping The “Right Stuff”

files-1614223_1280Changing jobs is challenging.  A new work family, workplace rules and expectations…I know you understand.  However, this TRIPLE III TIME message is going focus on about professionally: Keeping The “Right Stuff” as you transition. I’m talking about those documents, books, emails, whatever…that may assist you in being successful in your new position and forever prepared to excel everyday…EVERYDAY.

The easy and most convenient decision is to just take all your past work-related items forward with you.  This could allow you to reach back into history and pull out an old idea/program and introduce it as unique in your new workplace.  This action may be easy and convenient for you…but is it effective and efficient for your new workplace?  Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you take action:

  1. Are your future work-based problems, persons or situations exactly the same as when your original challenges and resulting solutions were proposed…. EXACTLY?
  2. Could the boxes and documents from past ideas and projects become more of a “crutch” …in your search for new solutions?
  3. Are resources that are available today (i.e. technology) …and the work/community culture the same as were used to find your old solutions?
  4. Will your new co-workers and associates be irritated that you are using “old news solutions” to remedy their perceived new problem?
  5. Would the time taken to dig through old documents, books and/or emails be better used in researching fresh material?
  6. Is the information you are holding on to…TIMELESS…and be useful even 20 years from now?
  7. Would a common practice of referring to easy/convenient materials be considered leading by convenience?
  8. Would it be logical to assume that your past good ideas are what got you your new position…but are not the ones that will keep you there?
  9. Do co-workers and customers like to hear a discussion of “where you have been” …or about “where you/we are going”?
  10. If someone asked you about the boxes, books and computer files you are saving…would you say: “It’s just old stuff?” …or “I am Keeping The Right Stuff”?

There is no easy, perfect answer.  But it is important to think about the questions!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on January 19, 2018, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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