Recently in my multiple roles of helping individuals, groups and organizations address developmental growing pains, the challenge of displaying PROFESSIONALISM… even during challenging times has become a major area of discussion.  Whether the issue was a personnel concern, trying to deal with the general public or addressing the problems that evolve via a change in leadership… “help me with my PROFESSIONALISM” was/is everyone’s greatest request.

So, before I offer a few ideas about the art of Learning PROFESSIONALISM… did you ever ask yourself: “Where Do I Learn Professionalism?” Did you:


  • Take a class
  • Get instructions online
  • Read a book
  • Participate in a workshop
  • Watch a YouTube video??

Well, it may be possible that you could do all the above… but still fall way short in terms of actively Learning PROFESSIONALISM!

Let me explain.

I believe that Learning PROFESSIONALISM is only achieved when watching or participating in real-life examples. Observing professionalism “in action” via a mentor, colleague, co-worker, and/or boss… is the very best (or worst) way of assessing the handling of difficult/diverse situations.  No two professionalism events are or will be the same… so remember observational learning is key.

Additionally, it is VERY IMPORTANT to continually exercise your Learning PROFESSIONALISM “muscles”.  Remaining a student of quality professionalism actions is a daily responsibility.  However, practicing great professionalism in your workplace… EVERYDAY and EVERYWHERE will keep your professionalism muscles strong and at full capacity.

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 September 6, 2019, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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