TRIPLE III TIME: Assumed Professional Development

It is time to take a TRIPLE III TIME professional development survey for yourself and those that work with you.

QUESTION #1:  How many professional development events do you and/or your workers participate in each year?

QUESTION #2:  Do you assume personal and co-worker progress happens based on regular work experience, tradition, interorganizational interactions… other?

QUESTION #3:  Do you/your organization make a conscious effort to fiscally invest in employee professional development…regularly or just because “it’s that time again”?

With much of my recent consulting work centered on helping everyone PRIORITIZE…I overlooked that Assumed Professional Development is an unfortunate organizational weakness.

What am I trying to say?

Today I believe everyone in every job and career planning area suffers due to Assumed Professional Development.  Workers just like facilities need to be attended to… upgraded… modernized and shown appreciation for what they mean to an organization.  Even high school and college students need to experience and feel a different form of professional development.  The world of education has changed dramatically in the past few years…and wouldn’t it be cool to host a unique “Student-isms For Today & Tomorrow” workshop…maybe twice a year!  A special session that would offer students self-improvement recommendations, ideas and insight on how to be a better student in the “school-place” everyday…EVERYDAY!  Has anyone considered this challenge…yet?

Bottomline:  Believing Assumed Professional Development happens “naturally”, is only a hope.  Planned Professional Development is a strategic, strong form of preventative maintenance and structured growth in the workplace and perhaps for our students too.  Think about it and let me know your reactions.

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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:

Posted on December 2, 2022, in DEVELOPING YOU!, Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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