by Laurie Gungel
I am leaving Highland on Friday, September 28, 2007 after 16 years
of working with the employers and employees in businesses in northwest
Illinois. I have accepted a position of Executive Director of the
Carroll County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), with its
Savanna office as my home base in October 2007.
passion is learning. That’s why this job of working with
business owners, managers, and directors has been so rewarding
for me. As I look at my new role in “Economic Development,” I
recognize that the work I did in coordinating the Local Workforce
Investment Board HCC Boot Camp last summer, meeting with Freeport
Area Midsize Manufacturers Council, and offering “Blueprint
Reading” for area employers are all one part of our area’s
economic development: making connections to provide a better trained
Savvy business owners like you know that training employees does
more than just upgrade their skills. Study after study tells us
that people who are engaged in learning outside as well as on the
job are more involved in their workplace and more likely to remain
with the same employer.
Here are some of my parting thoughts on human motivation, in the
words of others, far wiser than I.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well,
neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” -
“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” -
Three individuals are laboring at a construction site, doing the
same work. When each was asked what his job was, answers were very
earning a living.”
third man paused, smiled and said, “I’m helping
to build a cathedral.”
Without bridges, the best-built roads lead nowhere, the most impressive
visions remain invisible, and the best-laid plans fail. In life
and in work, connection is everything. You build the bridges. Make
the connections. Bring us on to success.
Thanks for the memories and experiences.
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