We had the good fortune of connecting with Renelle Everett Darr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renelle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I launched the idea to start my own business while I was on leave recovering from back surgery in 2008. I knew I had ended up with a back issue due to my non-stop way of life in both work and personal. I knew something had to change and I wasn’t quite sure how to change it. I knew there must be a different way to combine lifestyle, purpose, profit and motherhood into a more harmonious system. I didn’t see a way to conduct that experiment at the time in my corporate role. What I didn’t realize is how creative or how much self growth would occur by launching my own business. What started as a thought and an idea, quickly grew into a labor of love.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
InSight Coaching & Consulting works with clients to create deep mindset shift and conscious growth. We combine the deep personal and team work with real-world business and finance experience to help leaders and teams evolve and shift their business, balancing relational and task facets for sustained impact. We understand leadership and culture are overlooked growth strategies and help organizations make evolutionary shifts forward. InSight was founded in 2008 based on the premise that people are an asset and not a cost center. The business has grown by developing deep relationships with clients and leading by example. We don’t ask our clients to do work that we haven’t done ourselves. Therefore, our continued personal growth and development is key to our brand promise. One of the biggest things I’ve learned over time is that our partners and contracts must first operate on shared principles and second on working agreements. Our guiding principles: 1) Value the individual insights, expertise and commitment to excellence that all parties bring to the table in service of great work and great service. 2) Recognize that inherent perspectives and meaning-making is different for all and seek to utilize any conflict as an instrument to find a third way and not as something to be avoided or shut down. 3) Value the power that comes through collective intelligence. 4) Recognize that trust is mutual and earned. It needs to be tended to just like a flourishing garden through speaking our truth, stating our needs, active listening and mutual respect. 5) Because of the work we do in the world, it is important that we as coaches and consultants continue on our own journey of growth and development alongside our clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Because I’m a nature-lover and believe most joy is found there and that most problems can be solved by spending time in nature, we’d likely first venture to the mountains. We’d ski under Colorado’s bluebird skies and with any luck find ourselves giggling and hooting through deep powder in the winter or hike through the magical wildflowers the spring and summer. After exhausting ourselves playing outside, we’d go sit on deck by the river and sample some of Colorado’s local IPA’s with a yummy snack. Because Denver is also a cool place, we’d come back to the city and spend a night walking downtown and sampling one of the awesome restaurants and catch a show at Red Rocks the night after! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to my mom, for showing me grit, my grandmother for showing me unconditional love, my bosses along the way who helped me grow, and my very first executive coach fifteen years ago, that launched the most profound growth of my professional and personal life.