Episode 27

Published on:

9th Apr 2024

Andy Bird (leadership coach)

This week, Andy Bird, a leadership coach, tells us:

  • Why he likes to keep it plain and simple
  • The 3 stages of leadership
  • The problem he sees most frequently in leadership
  • Why it's not just about getting stuff done
  • What state of mind he thinks is key
  • What helps burst the bubble leaders are sometimes lost in
  • His favourite tool to identify the beliefs and skills that flourish in great leaders
  • ... and much more.

Find out more about Andy at www.andybird.com and on linkedin.com.

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More about Andy

Andy Bird

Andy Bird is an executive coach and mentor who provides support, challenge and guidance to help leaders flourish and succeed. He works with a diverse range of CEOs in charities, start-ups and larger corporates.

As a leader himself, Andy’s early career at Unilever culminated in him leading their Marketing Academy, the group responsible for driving the development of their global marketing capabilities. He went on to co-found Brand Learning, a specialist consultancy that won many awards for its high levels of employee engagement. The company grew to a team of 170 people, with offices in London, New York and Singapore, before it was acquired by Accenture in 2017.

Andy has been working as a coach for over 10 years. He obtained an MSc in Coaching and Behaviour Change at Henley Business School and is accredited as a Master Executive Coach by APECS. Andy has published two books – The Growth Drivers and The Inspired Leader – and he is currently conducting doctoral research into the roles that coaching and mentoring play for charity CEOs.


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David Lowe is a business coach, mentor, trainer and author.

He has worked with a wide range of clients across many industries, including Ford, Novartis, Ministry of Justice, NET-A-PORTER, NHS, John Lewis, GDS, Naked Wines and Shelter.

David has a post-graduate in Business & Personal Coaching from University of Chester and is currently researching how humour can be used effectively in coaching.

He has written a number of books, including 'The Innovation Revelation: A story about how to satisfy customer needs' and 'The Lemonade Stall: How to test and validate ideas -- a story and workbook'.