TRIPLE III TIME: “Assuming” Has No Value

Many have heard me say in the past:  “Assuming means that you can read someone’s mind…and I have never had that work out for me!”  Remember?

Well this week I want to use this TRIPLE III TIME message opportunity to offer even more detail to these long term words of advice.

First, I believe it’s important to point out that given all of the change we have experienced in just the last few years…nothing in the world of work can be assumed as the same.  People in certain jobs have changed…products and services have changed…so don’t apply the ASSUMING approach to any of these areas.  You will be let down.

Second, think about the whole category of communication.  Are there really just one or two standard professional ways of sharing a message or document?  NO!  Therefore if you are ASSUMING you will get a return phone call, letter or maybe a personal visit…don’t hold your breath!  You will be let down.

Finally, one of the biggest drivers of ASSUMING falls under the categories of work and family traditions.  Think about these statements.  “We have always done it this way.”  “We always meet on this date, time and this location…IN-PERSON!”  How many assumed strong traditions have faded or have been greatly altered in the recent years?

Picture OptionMy TRIPLE III TIME advice is to try and limit the personal and professional discomfort resulting from the ASSUMING situations you become involved in.   Because “Assuming” Has No Value.  Rather take it upon yourself to answer questions more completely, make necessary phone calls, attend in-person meetings, make appropriate reminders even if seemingly unnecessary.  And most importantly help others beyond expectations.

The results will be a better adjustment to change factors, better quality communication, more positive revision of traditions and less assumption pitfalls!!

Did I just hear someone say:  “Are you a little more calm now!”

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 May 19, 2023, in DEVELOPING YOU!. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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