TRIPLE III TIME: Lowering the Bar

This week’s TRIPLE III TIME message is totally directed to those in a position of LEADERSHIP.  And if you are a TRIPLE III TIME “regular” … you should ALL realize that EVERYONE assumes a leadership role sometime… somewhere, everyday.  So, think hard about appropriately applying this message in and beyond your worlds-of-work… and how the action of “Lowering the Bar” of product/service performance impacts so many areas.

During this time of challenging decision making for both the private and public sectors… how far and when have you been “Lowering the Bar”?  Consider onsite, personnel attendance, customer contacts, service delivery/time frames, quality controls, new action start-ups, strategy meetings, promotional advertising… I think you get the picture.

Next… to be leadership-fair… consider the necessary accommodations that you/your group have had to make…. just to stay operational.  Work from home, avoid group strategy sessions, stay distanced, use the internet (whether you have good or not-so-good access) … and “mask-up”.  These accommodations do represent rational reasons for “Lowering the Bar”.. but as leaders, shouldn’t we find alternative approaches that would generate a “Raising the Bar” momentum for you and those you are responsible for?!

limboThis week as leaders, I recommend that we introduce a “JUST 1” Raising the Bar initiative!  The “JUST 1” initiative would require everyone each week to “put on the strategy going forward table” an idea for growing, improving products/services in your sector.  Does this “JUST 1” plan sound easy… YES…. but full participation and consistency will make or break it?  However, would/should it curb the “Lowering the Bar” syndrome and simply, creatively create a new positive, progressive momentum that is inclusive to all… YES!!!

Give it a try!

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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