After leaving a 10-year engineering and sales career, I started my company, Ennovate Corporation in 1997. Ennovate grew from a $300,000 per year, single-man operation to an $11-Million, 30-person company by 2011. These years were a roller-coaster ride, to say the least. Some years were up, others were down.
After 2011, Ennovate experienced a decline… and so did I. I felt burned out and was tired of the burden of owning my business. In 2012, I felt that some of the larger energy service companies could offer our clients better services with the expansion of utility-grade renewable energy technologies. I negotiated the sale of Ennovate to Ameresco Inc., which closed in February 2013.
As part of the sale, I was to stay on and lead an expanded Rocky Mountain territory for Ameresco. I was excited to take on this new role. However, in the fall of 2013, I was diagnosed with a failing mitral heart valve that needed immediate attention. My heart surgeon told me that I would have to take six weeks off work for the surgery and the subsequent recovery period. I remember feeling joy after hearing this news.
Why would I be glad to do a risky surgery just to miss work? This question turned into a choice. In the Spring of 2014, I resigned Ameresco feeling burned out.
After resigning my job at Ameresco, I caught up on things around my house and was generally bored. I wanted to get back into a business leadership role. I wanted to start a small business consulting firm. After talking with a trusted colleague, he advised me that I should get a life coaching certification to help me better help my business owner clients.
I completed an intense formal International Coaching Federation (ICF) sanctioned coach training with Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and obtained my Professional Coaching Certification. I learned Core Energy Coaching at iPEC; and know that if I had understood the nature of ENERGY I learned at iPEC, I would have been a different business leader all those years.
I use my understanding of how business owners get burned out and worn out; to re-energize them and help them regain the excitement they once had when they first started their company. I know how you feel as a business owner, because I’ve experienced your doubt, your fear, your frustration, your uncertainty and your anxiety. Whatever logic or analysis you have decided to use to solve your company’s problems, I can guarantee you that it won’t work. The same thinking that got you to the place you are; will not be the thinking that will get you to a better place.