TRIPLE III TIME:  A Strategy Behind The Strategy

It was mid-term exam time for my American Government & Politics classes this past week and for the most part all of the students did fine.  And as I passed the corrected tests back and gauged the reactions…one young man pointed his finger at me and stated:  “Now sir I know why you make us do those one page Position Papers each week…to get us practiced to answer these essay questions in the same manner…right?”

Well I did NOT deny the accuracy of this discovery and I completely agreed and said:  “Yes I do practice having A Strategy Behind The Strategy for helping all of you get totally ready to get an A on these exams!”  And you can guess he was very proud of his revelation and was rewarded with smiles and multiple nods of support from his classmates!  I too joined in the smiles…but mine came more from a remembrance of my Dad and his use of A Strategy Behind The Strategy for getting me ready for my tomorrows.

What do I mean?strategy

Think about it…as a very young boy he put me “in charge” of all of our baby calves.  I didn’t think it was right…but when he later said he didn’t think I was old enough to drive a tractor yet…I reminded him how much I could do when I was “way young”…and so I was very ready to do tractor-driving jobs…and MORE WORK!

Do you think Dad had A Strategy Behind The Strategy?

And if you don’t think I picked up on Dad’s strategies…I have to tell you I was caught many times by a co-worker or two.  Like when we cross-trained everyone in organizational services and even sent “office-people” out in the field to help client-customers face-to-face.  Or when we tried to better communicate in a more complete way about Agency activities every week.

Do you think I had A Strategy Behind The Strategy for reducing “that’s not my job” attitudes or “I can’t do that stuff cause no one told me” claims?

Bottomline:  Always think about having A Strategy Behind The Strategy as a means of creating personnel and organizational growth.  It helps you and those around you consider “What Next?/What Else? possibilities.

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 March 17, 2023, in LEADERSHIP - ALWAYS!. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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