Friday, April 13, 2007

Economic Developers Should Think about Meaningful Work

As an economic development leader, is your work meaningful to you and others? What makes work in the economic development field meaningful?
What does meaningful work mean to you?
Are the jobs we help create in communities meaningful ones to citizens.
If someone asked you to define how and why the jobs we create are meaningful, how would you respond to this question?
Meaningful work is not a luxury. Rather, it is a necessity!
Here are a few thoughts to jumpstart your thinking about these questions.
A job is way to make money. A calling is a way of life. A calling consists of meaningful work that reflects who we are and not just what we do.
Before we as economic developers go out into the world to do our work, we need to turn inward and discover what that work might be. Turning inward is where we can begin to make meaning in our lives. It is inside where we meet our deepest longings, our unique gifts, and our truest self. It is inside where we find the twin gifts of purpose and passion that become the core of our working lives.
What three things can you do to bring greater meaning to your work this week? How can you help create more meaningful work in your community?
How can economic developers give leadership to the cultivation of greater meaning and purpose in the workplace?
I would be very interested in your thoughts on these questions.
May your work be filled with meaning and purpose!

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