Awakening The Entreprenuer Within You

We decided to start our own leadership training and development company to pursue our dream of


AWAKENING THE ENTREPRENUER WITHIN YOU


In 1976, my wife Margie and I came to California on a sabbatical leave. I had just been promoted to full professor with tenure at the University of Massachusetts and Margie had just completed her Ph.D. there. Our intention was to stay in California for one year. That was more than thirty years ago. What happened? We caught the entrepreneurial bug. We decided to start our own leadership training and development company to pursue our dream of working with people we loved, making a difference in the world, and having fun. At that time we couldn’t even spell the word “entrepreneur,” and now we are ones! With offices in Escondido, California, Toronto, and London, plus partnerships in thirty nations, we have three hundred people working with us. By all standards we have been successful but, boy, has it been a bumpy ride.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that we began getting on top of our finances. Our accountant told us we had probably been out of business several times but didn’t know it. Three different times we brought in top managers from the outside, only to be disappointed and forced to take over leadership again. It would have been so helpful if Michael Gerber had been an ongoing consultant to us. It would have been a much smoother ride.

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