"My goal is to contribute something that will be here long after I'm gone and to help develop every person's individual potential."
Boucher Consultants was started after I had worked as a counselor with young adults in Sarasota, Florida. I worked with drug addicts, alcoholics, runaways, and early pregnancies. I had a caseload of kids who had been labeled "losers."
This was a hard label to overcome, especially because they had been called "losers" most of their lives. Our staff was very involved with the students. I loved my job and my boss, Mr. Chuck Eaton. We invested every ounce of energy we had into our young people. As a result, we saw miracles happen with our students. It wasn't without a price, however.
In those days, teachers didn't have in-service programs where they learned how to rejuvenate themselves. I was beginning to have lots of serious stress symptoms. One symptom that I vividly remember was that all the craziness began to seem normal. I remember walking around the grounds one day singing Peggy Lee's song, "Is that all there is?"
I decided to take a leave of absence and I returned to Dayton, Ohio, my childhood home. I entered Law School at the University of Dayton and within a year I received a message that my former boss was dead. We believed the stress killed him.
While I attended the University of Dayton, I was teaching at Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, and Wright State University. I often thought to myself -- there must be a better way to help people and not burn out. I decided to research all that I could about the "Human Potential Movement."
What I learned and observed over the next few years from the best and the brightest leaders convinced me that a few key principles can transform people and businesses.
Soon, I was asked to speak to an audience of 1,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, on the subject of Self-Esteem and its impact on productivity. The enthusiasm of that audience and their profound desire for achievement and growth was the birth of Boucher Consultants.
"People. Your company's only unlimited resource."
Copyright 2003 by Jane Boucher