TRIPLE III TIME: Work Ethic Maintenance

Today one often hears comments about work ethic and how today’s young people don’t seem to have the same level as generations past.  True or false…these types of observations have caused me to reflect on who had the greatest impact on developing my work ethic.

Quality: My Grandfather Nick, who would hoe a field of beans over and over so NO weeds would ever be found.


Responsibility: My Dad who only gave an order once…and YOU knew what your job was and who was expected to get it done.

Efficiency: Frank, one of my early “Bosses” who made you learn on-time/multi-tasking early and often.

Effectiveness: My first “real” job with a community action agency where I tried to make a positive difference for every person I served.

Specialness:  Creativity, innovation and the pursuit of establishing YOUR SPECIAL was encouraged by my long-time friend and mentor Dr. B.

Leadership: My core leadership work ethic principles were “planted” by a quiet-spoken, country-style small county commissioner…Cal.  He prioritized getting and keeping everyone involved.

But wait…wasn’t/isn’t the topic: Work Ethic MAINTENANCE!

As you mature in the world-of-work I believe your work ethic time-appropriately evolves and is now principally maintained by YOUR PERSONAL EXAMPLE SETTING.  Yes, you will still look for examples of Quality, Responsibility, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Specialness, and Leadership, however, the work ethic spotlight now falls more on YOU to set and be a great example.

Therefore, as always…don’t waste this legacy building opportunity!

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 May 10, 2019, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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