TRIPLE III TIME: What Does YOUR: “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” Policy Say?

It is always interesting as I work with individuals or groups on operational practices to ask them about their “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” policy?  As one would expect, I always get a “WHAT POLICY?” look!  I then go on to explain that everyone/everywhere makes decisions and takes action based on giving someone the “Benefit-of-a-Doubt.”  Yes, it sounds funny and something you maybe don’t want to admit to… but I believe it exists.  So this week lets use this TRIPLE III TIME to take a more serious look at What Does YOUR: “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” Policy Say? … and what TOP 10 Professional Factors might need to be considered if your policy was “real”?!

  1. Achieved past positive results when given the “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” on different issues.
  2. Displayed a willingness to prioritize the issue and not place it on a to-do list.
  3. Showed strength in communicating before, during, and after the “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” assignment was given.
  4. Expressed understanding of the importance and impact factors regarding the “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” challenges.
  5. Scored high honesty points when measured against other personnel.
  6. Voiced common comprehension of “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” limits/expectations.
  7. Promoted ability to operate successfully in a self-motivated environment.
  8. Did NOT offer an early list of negatives that would hinder “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” issue progress.
  9. Would standardly grant you the same “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” support if needed.
  10. Respects the notion that “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” credentials MUST BE EARNED!

Bottomline:  When you as a Leader causally say: “I’m going to give you the “Benefit-of-a-Doubt” on this issue…” I hope you have this TOP 10 handy for reference.



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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