Andrew Bayly has been designing and delivering leadership development, strategy implementation, engagement, communications and cultural change programs for large commercial clients for three decades. He brings to the table a wide variety of skills, all anchored in formal training.
Andrew is a trained professional actor (the process of acting is about adapting our own behaviour for greater clarity and impact - a key process in leadership development), with film roles in The Interview (AFI Best Film 1998), The Bank and Darkness Falls (U.S.), and was an ensemble cast member of the hit TV show, Thank God You’re Here.
To pay his way through drama school, Andrew gained his early commercial experience as a comedy entrepreneur — taking the financial risk to put stand-up comedy into hotels; he was in the room when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was conceived, and served on its nascent management committee.
Andrew then took formal business more seriously, and completed an MBA in 1998. He is adept at facilitating discussion around the technical details of competitive economics, strategy, finance, project management, financial and management accounting. He can align soft skills workshops with organisational contexts, and facilitate high-level discussion around strategic commercial issues, with ease, clarity and pace. Through this phase of Andrew’s career, he enjoyed repeat engagements at seven of the ASX Top 20 companies, and worked on major projects or extended change efforts at IAG (“Customer Help”), Optus (“Leading to Yes”), Bayer Agricultural Science ANZ (“Aspire”), Origin Energy (both upstream and downstream leadership conferences for six years) and AXA (K5, and their award-winning project management methodology implementation program), among many others.
Andrew has also completed a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (2014), which studies the science of human flourishing, including emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement. He understands the drivers of motivation and engagement from the perspective of psychological science, and uses this understanding to give greater depth to his leadership and communications workshops.
Andrew is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching the ways that financial measures aid or undermine motivation and the construal of wellbeing, and in particular their impact on the engagement levels and productivity of organisational leaders during strategy implementation efforts.
He continues to expand his own understanding of rigorous, evidence-based psychology and economics, along with research methods, to inform his unique approach to executive team, and organisational, change and development.