TRIPLE III TIME: Professional Discomfort

Professional Discomfort is a phrase I have used many… many times during my world-of-work career.  And I know it has been included as part of past TRIPLE III TIME messages… but I know I have not separated it and explained the drive and purpose for this special combination of two words.

To me Professional Discomfort is a unique continuous improvement activity for personnel at all levels within an organization or business.  More specifically it requires workers to place themselves in a new, different, challenging role… that yes purposely causes them Professional Discomfort.  Some examples that come to mind include:

  • Attending a meeting where you will be expected to address a group of people… when that is not a regular part of your day job.
  • Taking a service position on the “front-line” of your company… when you typically just work in the fiscal department.
  • Travel and service other locations that are within your company’s geographic area… when you only usually cover one single town, county, or district.
  • Asked to draft a new policy document… when customer service is your specialty.

Professional Discomfort is designed to strategically remove you from your traditional workplace comfort zone and drive you to see and understand the realities of other components of your company or organization. Occasional Professional Discomfort motivates you to not take co-workers or your place of work for granted.  It also forces you into a “place-of-diversification” that facilitates new learning and realization of the production activities that surround you. Finally, Professional Discomfort works to dispel the “it’s not my job” personnel notion.  I know you know what I mean.

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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