2021: A year to be thankful

Jeff Fiegenschuh
Posted 12/9/21

Last year I, along with a few of my staff members, had the privilege to participate in the High-Performance Leadership Seminar conducted by the Professional Development Academy.

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2021: A year to be thankful

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Last year I, along with a few of my staff members, had the privilege to participate in the High-Performance Leadership Seminar conducted by the Professional Development Academy.

It was one of the best leadership and personal growth trainings (both online and in person) I have participated in. I learned a lot over the course of five months, but the one item that remains with me daily is the phrase “What got you here will not get you there.” 

Simply put, if you want to grow as a person, a leader, mentor or whatever you choose, you must continually grow and adapt. What brought you success and/or fulfillment today will not necessarily bring success or allow you to thrive tomorrow. One way to move this philosophy into action is to grow and learn from your previous successes and failures.

This philosophy guides me as our mayor and city council begin work on a new strategic plan.   The plan that was approved in 2018 has proven to be very successful. In fact, it’s one of the best and most forward-thinking strategic plans in my career.

However, what got us here may not get us there, so we are updating our current plan. During the fall of 2021, Northern Illinois University staff solicited feedback from three community groups, city council members on an individual basis and city staff. We are set to meet in January for a one-day planning session to discuss the input. 

Our mayor and city council members will use this information to help formulate and ultimately approve a new plan.  I am excited to be part of the process and more excited to work with my staff to implement the plan that is approved by our elected leaders. 

As Christmas and the holiday season comes and goes, I want to thank Mayor John Bearrows, our entire city council and all my staff for their dedication and commitment to Rochelle. God has blessed me greatly and for that I am most thankful. Blessings to you and your loved ones in 2022!

“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein.

“The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” -Bob Marley

Jeffrey A. Fiegenschuh, MPA, ICMA-CM is the city manager of Rochelle.