TRIPLE III TIME: Defining & Executing Expectations

Sometimes great, appropriate TRIPLE III TIME message topics just seem to present themselves…even though you quickly realize a certain professional development issue has been right in front of you for quite some time!  So, this week addressing the necessity of effectively Defining & Executing Expectations as a leader in a business or organization is our prime-time mission!

First, I want you to think about and be very self-critical when you ask: How clear and direct are you when defining your work expectations?  Given the expanded methods of job-related communications and the volume of information shared everyday, the likelihood of confusion and misdirection by your co-workers during execution is extremely high.simple

Next consider the multiple management personnel levels of directional interpretations that often are attached to numerous expectations.  No one is a great mind reader! So the probability of not understanding and meeting the expectations of all involved in executing a service delivery change is an almost logical assumption.

Third, it may sound odd…but offer a VISUAL whenever you can.  For example, as I recently provided final exam instructions to my college students on essay question answer quality, I held up a two-paragraph long document to make clear the expected minimum length of an acceptable “correct” answer. This visual was far more clear on the length of what was expected in their written answers than any words I could have used. (P.S. Great execution followed)

In today’s fast-paced, hi-tech, information overload world, it is leadership critical to apply SIMPLICITY when Defining & Executing Expectations.  I am NOT suggesting lowering your expectations…rather spend extra up-front time more simply defining what you want accomplished and then apply a similar simplicity plan for execution.  I believe you will be pleased with the outcomes.

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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