The Ottumwa Courier


February 28, 2014

Gable: Iowa means to grow

OTTUMWA — Iowa’s wrestling icon gave Cargill employees an inspirational shot in the arm last week at Bridge View Center.

Cargill’s Corn Milling Plant in Eddyville conducted its annual “Evolution of Eddyville” site-wide meeting two days last week. The name is reflective of the idea that after 29 years the Cargill site continues to “evolve” into what it wants to be in the future. The Cargill Eddyville leadership team wanted to capture the hearts and minds of all the employees in the journey forward.

To accomplish this, all 500 employees (of all levels and job types) and several guests were invited to rally around the theme of “Performance Driven and Principles Based.”

The Keynote speaker invited to drive home this point was Iowa’s Dan Gable.

Gable, whose favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life and its philosophical message, has built a life dedicated to leadership and achievement.

“It’s about positively affecting the masses so they will do the things … and so on and so on and so on. If you just positively affect a lot of people and then they do the same, because their chances are greater if they were affected by someone positively,” he said.

“Let me say this about Iowa,” Gable said. “And you have a lot to do with it. Iowa means grow. Iowa means grow. And we can wrestle, too! And the reason I say this, the little ol’ state of Iowa led the Olympic movement with our government [getting wrestling back in the Olympics]. And the little ol’ state of Iowa has 44 world and Olympic medalists in wrestling. Forty-four — it’s pretty amazing.”

Gable’s philosophy on affecting others in a positive way is a repayment to those who did the same to him. He first gave the audience some background on those he credited for giving him support, and pointing him in the right direction.

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