Ten years ago, Humanergy was created. The funny name (who can pronounce it right the first time?) was just the foundation for 10 years of guffaws. It’s possible that we aren’t as funny as we think we are. But we doubt it. Here are a few excerpts from CrazyLand:
First office. Don’t want to dis the first digs, which came with very low rent, courtesy of the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce. But it was so small that when one person pushed back a chair, others had to be alerted. “I’m standing up now.”
First bathroom. We thought we were pretty cool because we had an adjoining bathroom. However, it had to be re-purposed as a storage room when we discovered that people on the other end of the phone could hear the toilet flush.
Moving on up. Although we’ve settled into a beautiful historic home, complete with two out buildings (no, not outhouses), we contemplated some zany office moves. One was a building in the middle of a cemetery. Another was situated very close to a(n eroding) dam. Our third option – four stories and about 20,000 square feet – represented either a wealth of opportunities or a giant money pit, depending upon your perspective. When we dream, we go for it.
Team fun. Whether it’s bronco kicks while team bowling, singing our own lyrics to “Centerfield” by John Fogerty or good-natured laughter over our many foibles, we know how to have a good time. And we know how to give some gentle grief to our teammates, like the time one of them got “fired” (complete with commemorative “You’re Fired” coffee mug) for creating what turned out to be an amazing teambuilding event. (Let’s just say that it was initially greeted with groans and more than one expletive.)
John’s multiple run-ins with conference room furniture. He’s not a klutz. He’s just a deep thinker. Really.
David’s love of brown sweaters. If you’ve visited our website, perhaps you’ve seen our pictures in those fetching matching brown sweaters. Let it be known that David HATES those sweaters, the fact that we all had to wear them and the chest hair allegedly sported by some in their photo. Our next round of team photos is scheduled for 2050, when David might be over the whole brown sweater thing.
Jeopardy domination. We excel at Jeopardy, at least the kind that we play on our Jeopardy calendar. Some of us are random thought generators, others zero in (perhaps prematurely) on the “right” answer. The bottom line is that we netted over $5,000,000 in faux money in 2009. Wow, we know a lot of useless stuff.
If you are looking for buttoned up, suit-wearing, stuffy consultants, don’t call us. If you want creativity, intelligence, passion and authenticity, we’re the folks for you.
Many heartfelt thanks to all of you who have made our 10 years possible.
P.S. In lieu of throwing ourselves a party or spending dough on collectible Humanergy 1oth anniversary coffee mugs, we’re celebrating by making a difference. Find out more
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You guys are great! Your idea of donating to the Fountain Clinic is wonderful and I really appreciate you making me a part of it.
I recall a conversation with John & David at a local coffeehouse approximately 10 years ago…I think I was at the birth experience of Humanergy!
You have managed to create an amazing organization that lives the principles you share with others. It’s true: a vision pursued with passion can create reality.
Congratulations on 10 years, and best wishes for many more!
Happy 10th Anniversary! While you are all zany, I have benefitted from the business side of the operation, and I’m deeply grateful for a multitude of times you have helped.
Happy anniversary. Well done. Your success just goes to show that you do not have to be big to succeed. As you frequently comment, that is mainly to do with the people involved, not just as professionals but also as friends and confidants. Your success has been built on ideas, understanding and adaptability. May the successful formula continue for the next ten years. All the best.
Correction! Jeopardy winnings in ’09 were actually $25 million. We are so darn humble that we couldn’t remember the amount and had to research it! (2010 questions are tougher, it seems, further reinforcing our humility!)