Interview with Ed Andrew
Founder @ The Human Consultancy

Ed Andrew has worked with over 10,000 people during his career. A serial entrepreneur Ed has founded businesses in Sydney, London, Delhi and Bali in industries such as recruitment, technology, fashion & e-commerce. He has built his businesses to deliver over $1m a year in profits. He has also advised many founders, leaders, CEO and boards from tech start up to enterprise companies around the world. Ed also has a podcast interviewing mature and emerging business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, environmentalists and tech founders from around the world sharing their insights from their personal and business journeys, wins and losses and their tips for success. Check out The Human Consultancy here.
Hi Ed! Could you please introduce The Human Consultancy and what led to your founding the company back in 2017? What makes your approach to bringing "humanity to careers" unique?
Hello, I'm Ed Andrew and I'm the founder of The Human Consultancy which does two things. First of all, it hosts my podcast Human Impact, which is about bringing humanity back to work and life, and secondly, it is the platform to host all of my training programs around taking businesses from ideation to startups and also helping people understand whole life transformation which means if you have a career which you're unhappy with, that rather than stepping out of that into potential now a toxic environment that you understand all the drivers, emotional triggers that eventually led you there in the first place so that when you actually decide to make that career transformation that you're changing every aspect of your life, not just the job, because what happens is that it's very easy to step back in into another role which is equally toxic. So it's understanding all the elements which make have a successful transition. So I found the business because I'd been a headhunter for 15 years and then set up a tech company in e-commerce and fashion business. I was doing some consulting and I've consulted and startup space for about seven years. What I've found is there's so much fear in people about bringing the whole selves to work, actually leaving and going pursuing a career, a job, a startup whatever it is they want which really serves them and says what they want to achieve in life, and so many people have that mission and that passion and that purpose. But they're really unstuck as to how to go about solving it. So what makes The Human Consultancy unique. I've been doing this for over 20 years I use to be a lawyer. I also bring all the knowledge and teachings I've had from all over the world, so I've worked in over 35 countries around the world and I think that makes me pretty unique in the fact that I've also built businesses on four continents.
What are some of the main challenges faced by CEO's and founding teams when looking to find a healthy work/life balance throughout their careers?
Personally, I think this is a fantastic question and I was talking about this to some friends this week. There are two stages that I see. There is the life before you married and have children, which is the single entrepreneur, and there's the entrepreneur and the founding teams after you get married and after you have children. First of all, the first stages you really have no distractions so you can commit. I've worked 17 hour days for a very long time. You can commit to that type of intensity of working when you don't have a husband or wife or a partner and children, so, I think that's the first challenge that you're going to face is if you're starting up a business with young children, your time is not always your own and that's can be quite frustrating as a founder, so you have to work out what works with your family life. In order to support your quest and your business. Aside from that, I think one of the biggest challenges founders face is managing their stress understanding that the life of a startup founder is going to be a roller coaster, they're going to be in various stages of that journey which are incredibly difficult, incredibly stressful and also immensely rewarding and I think one of the challenges is to understand you can't do everything on your own, you must seek help. So I think one of the aspects of great leadership is when they need help they ask for, they are constantly looking for mentors, they're constantly looking for people who can help them, If they are not an expert in a subject, they will go and seek one, and it's that constant evolution, is that constant curiosity which really sets apart the great leaders and sustainable businesses from those which may be fantastic for three, four, five, six, seven, eight years and then decide maybe they fall by the wayside because they've stopped learning, they've stopped being complacent. So my message really is to continue that curiosity and always, always, always seek help. You cannot possibly do everything on your own.
How did you develop the curriculum for your training courses? What are the most sought after courses your clients abide by?
So I've been actually writing for a few years now around my thoughts around the type of content of courses I wanted to teach and I've watched probably 100, 150 hours of webinars to understand how to structure my courses, the best message to create impact and what I learned is the best online courses are 8, to 15-minute videos. One or two topics per lesson, they create the biggest impact. If you're going to just do talking hey you have different angles, you need to have slides, you need to make it engaging. So for me and my signature courses, seven modules or six modules seven hours of lessons, twenty-three individual lessons, each one is taking me through a journey they all start with the same question whether I'm teaching you business skills to startup founders or very successful business or teaching your career transition, starts with the same question, what are you seeking to achieve when we use that as the foundation for everything that you do in the programs after that. T he programs have a lot of journaling, affirmations, visualizations everyone learns slightly differently so there's something for everyone in there. For visualization, we do a lot of journaling very important as well, I also put on a platform called teachable which is excellent. If you're thinking of online courses that have great content and how to structure them and how to start and the key thing is actually working people through the journey so that you make an impact every stage of those lessons so even the first lesson they walk away thinking I've learned something. The other thing is we have a weekly Q&A so people can ask me any questions they have and the course which probably gravitates most is the signature course which is around Abundant Life, Career Transformation so that you enable yourself to actually go and learn all the skills you have in order to thrive.
We saw that you also have a great podcast! Who have been some of the most enlightening entrepreneurs you've had the chance to interview on the show?
My podcast is actually just rebranded to be called Human Impact and that's really to have a much stronger resonance with bringing humanity to work, and I've been incredibly fortunate to interview many many wonderful entrepreneurs and they all have the same trait. They're all incredibly driven they're very passionate, most of them have made many mistakes already, but above all else, they're incredibly curious to have this constant desire to improve themselves and to learn so a number of them. Who I could highlight for you. One, maybe Professor Brian Keating an astrophysicist who thought he won the Nobel Prize but it turned out he didn't you know, it was off and asked to nominate the prize the next year wrote a book called Losing Nobel Prize an incredible journey. Then Phillip Stutts and how he has helped win three US presidential elections he is a North American political and marketing guru but he is also trying to cure an incurable illness, called acalasia to so he's trying to help the world in an entirely different way outside of his business. People like Christopher Plowman, CEO and co-founder of meditation app Insight Timer which has 67 percent of the market. His first business lost three million dollars took him eight years to pay that back. His second business didn't work. But the third one did, these are incredible journeys. Sean Mulroney of the obesity revolution he is trying to help solve the problem of obesity and morbid obesity. Incredible people, with incredible stories and those are the people I want on my show the people who are changing impacting everybody else, whether their environmentalists, such as Tim Smith of Eden, whether it's Kayleigh Burns who's a marine conservationist diving with great white sharks whether it's, about to be released, Mark Davidson from Tamburlaine Wines Australia's largest organic producer, but it's all about the environmental ecosystem. So there are many more coming up but they're all making a huge impact.
What's next for your work with The Human Consultancy, as well as your other projects and podcast? What are the main topics, partnerships, and markets you'll be focusing on in 2019?
What's next for your work with The Human Consultancy, as well as your other projects and podcast? What are the main topics, partnerships, and markets you'll be focusing on in 2019?
What's next for your work with The Human Consultancy, as well as your other projects and podcast? What are the main topics, partnerships, and markets you'll be focusing on in 2019?