TRIPLE III TIME: Inaction As A Strategy

DESK PICTURE TRIPLE III TIME MESSAGE JULY 9Think about leaders you have worked for, collaborated with, admired, disliked or just plainly didn’t understand.  More specifically consider the different strategies they used to make important decisions, create partnerships, turn down an opportunity or motivate  employees to move forward to a greater service level.  Can you recall any leader using Inaction As A Strategy?

Inaction As A Strategy is a very simple course of action.  If there is a problem, conflict issue or progressive decision that needs to be made…and the leader is not ready to address it, inaction is often an accepted strategy.  But is Inaction As A Strategy a good one?  How about if we toss out a TOP 10 list of evaluation questions that measure it?

  1. Is choosing to do nothing sending a progressive message?
  2. As a leader will people understand your position if inaction is your plan?
  3. Are you automatically falling behind as an organization if you stand still and be inactive?
  4. What about customers…do they benefit from inaction?
  5. If the New York Times was doing an article on your use of Inaction As A Strategy would the article be a positive one?
  6. If now is not a good action time…what would make a later time better?
  7. Can you give examples of using Inaction As A Strategy that were beneficial?
  8. If your Board used Inaction As A Strategy for any issue…would you be happy?
  9. Do all the changes in technology make Inaction As A Strategy more or less appropriate?
  10. Finally, would the leaders you admire most be proud or sad if you used an inactive strategy on a critical issue?

Yes…yes I can hear all the voices reminding me that no two issues are the same and  maybe waiting to make a decision/take an action would be most appropriate.

Regardless, my TRIPLE III TIME advice:  Re-read the TOP 10!

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: mpichla@inspiringinnovationsllc.com

Posted on July 9, 2021, in LEADERSHIP - ALWAYS!, Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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