TRIPLE III TIME: Don’t Apologize For Being Different

Some time ago… for a GREAT friend… I prepared a New Leader Log… which was a five-part Series of TOP 10 professional development suggestions.  Why just five (5) parts?  Well if you really think about the entire series… that means I offered a total of 50 suggestions/ideas to someone taking on new leadership responsibilities.  And fifty was probably more than enough back then… and maybe even still today!

thumbnail_ImageOne of the early suggestions… and one of my favorites was: Don’t Apologize For Being Different.  Often new leaders assume a very cautious stance and try to be the most like other businesses/organizations that offer similar products and services.  This is obviously the safer option going forward.  But what about the need to claim that you are SPECIAL in the marketplace?  Isn’t it always important to “stand-out-in-the-crowd” and be recognized as progressively different/unique?

During my entire world-of-work career, I followed a “Don’t Apologize For Being Different” leadership philosophy.  Yes, this resulted in always being under the “what is he doing now?” microscope… but it also enabled us to be considered innovative leaders in our field/sector.  More specifically it helped us:

  • Hire and retain great employees
  • Bend traditional rules for the sake of improved customer services
  • Obtain additional grant dollars to expand service opportunities
  • Gain business/organizational support across and beyond our service area
  • Be invited to share our creativity/innovations many times… many places

Bottomline: Don’t Apologize for Being Different. Build on what makes you SPECIAL everyday… EVERYDAY!


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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