TRIPLE III TIME: “Under – Expecting”

Troy BilliauWell first I have to admit that I am not sure Webster’s Dictionary would recognize my “Under-Expecting” word combination.  However, I can not find a better way to introduce this weeks TRIPLE III TIME message…that yes comes to you via a “milkhouse moment” (or two) with my Dad.

Let me start out by saying that my Dad was never guilty of “Under-Expecting” of my brothers and I.  For clarity “Under-Expecting” means that Dad always set the work/job/problem-solving bar real high for tasks to be accomplished on the farm…so at no time could he ever be accused of not challenging us based on our age, size or lack of experience.  Instead assignments were given based primarily on what needed to be done TODAY…and thankfully we all accepted the challenges.  We weren’t always smiling…but mostly a “bring-it-on” mentality prevailed.

Today unfortunately, I believe that too often in the workplace and in many classrooms an “Under-Expecting” style of management exists.  Employees and students are not placed in situations that progressively and professionally challenge them.  Creativity and innovation do NOT result when we are placed in “Under-Expecting” situations.

Bottomline: Dad did not receive or expect perfection when he passed out work assignments.  However, I know he knew the personal growth you felt when you over-achieved in his eyes.  So, no matter your work/life status…don’t follow an “Under-Expecting” course of action.

Thanks again Dad.

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:

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