I was a management
consultant before starting my own business in my home country. I was very successful – I always delivered
on time and held people accountable. I was a machine when it came to work,
but I felt like my job owned my life. I had saved a lot of money, got more from
friends and family, and decided to start my own business.
I bought a small local
manufacturer, bought new machinery and computer systems, and we started to grow
very quickly. I knew everything about
business and monitored everything that was happening. Nothing happened without
As the business grew and
became more successful, I worked longer
and longer days so I could stay on top of everything. My management team became
frustrated as they had to wait for me to make decisions. As we added new
people, I felt overwhelmed and like I was losing control.
One day a member of our
Advisory Board called me and said I was keeping the business from growing. She said my management team were ready to
leave if I continued micro-managing them and needed to control everything. She
told me I needed to change or get out.