Rockport’s founder, Nicholas Lore, was his own toughest career change client. A pioneer in sustainable resources, energy conservation and organic farming years before the green revolution, he was the CEO of an energy conservation and solar company on the coast of Maine. He had written and been responsible for the passage of legislation that saved thousands of beautiful historic houses from destruction. He had invented a technology that saved countless barrels of oil each winter. His office looked out on a beautiful harbor where lobster boats and fog horns greeted the new day.
Yet he had trouble getting through the workday and was at a loss to understand why his career should leave so much to be desired.
He looked for professional career counselors. Talked to their clients. And came to realize that current career guidance was not producing the results that their clients hoped to achieve. Most people he interviewed said that while the counseling was useful they still did not know with any certainty what would fit them best. Most had still not decided on a definite new career direction.