TRIPLE III TIME: A Strategic Dreamer

Lately I have been on the road a lot and fortunately have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of professionals from various fields.  The topics of organizational development and continuous improvement discussions ranged from customer service to personal growth to innovation in the workplace.  No two conversations are ever the same…and no pieces of creative, innovation advice I offer are duplicates.

Interestingly one of my sons recently asked: “What do you tell people when they ask you specifically to describe yourself as a professional?”  Well as you might guess I was NOT prepared for this type of question.  Deer hunting, fixing the lawn mower or playing music might be on my “expected questions” list…but not one on professional status.

Well I told him that I let people know I am a STRATEGIC DREAMER.  And before he asked just what the ____ is that?” …I went on to explain that a STRATEGIC DREAMER is someone who offers ideas, thoughts, projects, advice and/or recommendations that always keep people looking to the future.  Too often workplaces spend critical planning time discussing, debating and arguing about what happened in the past…and not near enough about the future!  I also stressed that A STRATEGIC DREAMER professionally encourages individual workers and entire organizations to direct more focus on something you can change…THE FUTURE…instead of trying to change the past.


As you can guess I’m not sure he thought his Dad was that deep a thinker.  But today for the sake of solid professional development, think about adopting a STRATEGIC DREAMER philosophy! Think about taking calculated risks, using technology to better help you, modifying cool customer service approaches, and thereby creating your own new future.

It just might put FUN back into your day job!

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 July 27, 2018, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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