Putting together an instructional, continuous improvement…but also fun staff in-service training can be a challenging task.  Standardly, you have a variety of age groups, people in different employment areas of the company/organization and a little bit of an attitude that conveys: “Oh yeah we are going to have another REQUIRED staff in-service…I wonder what they will come up with now?”  Well because I enjoy “changing-it-up”, how about if we try a “SHARK-TANKING TO THE EXTREME DAY!” as a new option?!

The “SHARK-TANKING TO THE EXTREME DAY!” would be totally dedicated to new idea generation for your business, school, human service agency, development organization…whatever.  You would create your own rules regarding teams, time allowed to present and format for debate.  No one would be allowed to opt-out of participation.

Shark Tanking

Think about the potential.  What if the following “SHARK-TANKING TO THE EXTREME DAY!” parameters were set:

  • Everyone would be a presenter/co-presenter and a SHARK…and would get to listen to all IDEA pitches.
  • Non-traditional staff partnerships would be supported.
  • Questions and debate could only be framed in a “why not?” …instead of “no way!” method.
  • One, two or three IDEAS would be cooperatively selected as programs to be adopted…products to be invested in…or processes for continuous staff/organization improvements.

I understand that with every new initiative there will be a list of additional considerations I haven’t addressed.  Also, I can hear some already responding to this concept: “That would never work!” … “Staff would never take it serious!” … “It would be a wasted day!”.  Well to all with these thoughts…I suggest you continue to do what you have always done…and you will continue to be what you have always been.


Is that why you have staff in-service trainings?

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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