red crossIt is very difficult to draft a TRIPLE III TIME message that attempts to ignore or totally look beyond the impacts of the COVID-19 virus… believe me I have tried. Even when I go back to the beginning of Inspiring Innovations, Inc…. I think about the basic definition of INNOVATION: Introduce Something New… and I realize that all the scientists are working very hard on finding a new cure… right?  But what about all of US… how can we maximize our innovative spirit today… tomorrow… in spite of the virus limitations.

Well, I suggest that we consider an alternative INNOVATION definition!  One that says: INNOVATION Means – Focus on the CAN DOS… not the CAN NOTS!  This means that during this time of endless lists/rules of everything we CAN NOT do… how about if we put together a unique TOP 10 list of CAN DOS!!

  1. Prepare a “Let’s Go Beyond” list of CAN DO initiatives to consider when you return to your day job (and not just regular restart actions.)
  2. Complete a “Reconnect” project right now that includes conversing via telephone (not social media) with at least 5 cool leadership colleagues.
  3. Draft a “Concept Paper” on a personal/professional development component that you will start TODAY!
  4. Complete an in-depth staff evaluation… on yourself and be critical and honest.
  5. Identify one (1) person/organization that you would like to partner with on a project… and initiate the conversation TODAY.
  6. Assess your communication tools, process and timing… determine 3 things you could do better.
  7. Consider your “example-setting” practices. Are you a GREAT example setter?
  8. Ask yourself: Who/What inspires me? Why?
  9. Undertake at least one (1) “mindless” project. (Give your mind a break from the news and worry)
  10. Determine if you are a good decision maker? Do people come to you for discussions or decisions?

Bottomline:  (For today especially) Pick at least one of the INNOVATION Means – Focus on the CAN DOS… not the CAN NOTS TOP 10 ideas… and have fun.

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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