TO START CREATING YOUR SHIFT, LEAVE YOUR DETAILS BELOW.
In 2008, I woke up in a hospital bed after spinal surgery. Despite being on a high dose of pain medication, I suddenly had full, confronting clarity on how my life had got to that point.
There were a number of reasons I was in hospital.
The heavy and at times unsafe weight training I’d been doing had damaged my vertebrae.
I’d experienced a series of stressful events that had deeply affected my physical health and some of my relationships.
I had sold my successful property investment portfolio because I allowed fear about the ‘end of the property boom’ to feed into my psyche of self-sabotage – and my new investments failed. I went from having a successful investment portfolio and no mortgage, to having no investments and a big, chunky mortgage.
As I lay in my hospital bed, I could see how all these factors had crashed down on me. They crashed so hard, my back had literally given way and I needed spinal surgery.
I recalled what I had said so often to my kids:
‘Nothing is unachievable for you because you are amazing.’
I realised I hadn’t been listening to my own advice.
Fast forward to 2017. I became unwell again, physically and mentally. I caught a virus which led to Bell’s Palsy and became partially blind. For the few years prior, I’d spent varying amounts of time in high-profile leadership roles at different organisations and felt unfulfilled. I believe this illness was my body telling me I was not leading the life I was meant to lead.
My illness was a catalyst for personal change. For a long time, I’d wanted to set up my own business. But rather than empowering myself to achieve this goal, I spent my time empowering others. I set up my organisation and went from strength to strength. But as the business grew, I wasn’t making my health a priority and again, my body started to break down.
I realised I needed to create a Shift in my life.
I overhauled my diet, started to exercise every day and rewired the way I thought about, dealt with and managed work and life challenges.
It was a painful process. Shifts often aren’t easy. But they are always positive. After six months, I lost six belt holes and felt more able than I had for a long time.
This shift was not a single event – it is a continuous process that is now part of who I am.
Nowadays, we are in an age of major disruption to the domestic and global economy – to our ways of doing business. Leaders need to prepare and position their organisations for the future. This means creating a shift in thinking, a shift in approach to leadership and a shift in capability. A shift in themselves and their people.
I have spent more than 20 years in leadership roles, delivering organisational development programs and leading transformational change. I’ve built teams from the ground up that had the capability to deliver programs competently and safely, often in short timeframes and high risk environments.
I have also spent more than 20 years developing my private investment portfolio, and I rebuilt it over the last decade during dynamic changes in the economy and housing market.
I learned to create my SHIFT over a decade of challenge and change. Change in business, in the economy, and in my own health and wellbeing. Through this, I developed ways of managing change that I believe can be useful and helpful for others to use as they journey through their own change.
I work with CEOs and C-Suite teams who want to transform themselves and their organisations. I coach and mentor them to create their shift and build trust in their business and their leadership, create a monopoly in their industry, and increase their revenue ten-fold.
In 2020, I published my first book, Create the Shift – Book 1: You. This is first of 4 books that will help leaders and businesses manage change at every level and ensure every person is competent, skilled and safe. I also speak at conferences and events across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
I am also the CEO of The Deering Group, Australia’s leading experts in large organisational transformational capability and change programs in the resource industry. An innovative and forward-thinking group of experts, my team and I have delivered programs to organisations and teams across Australia.
I work with people who are ready to create their shift. I have criteria for the people I work with in this way:
Andrew is an extraordinarily capable leader who excels at building relationships and optimising human capability. In the time we worked together he demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for peer and cross-functional leadership. His core values and experiences have versed him well in assessing challenging situations, making sound decisions and motivating those around him to succeed and excel.
Andrew Deering is a dynamic leader that utilizes innovation and has an inherent understanding on business needs, which allows him to achieve unsurpassed performance improvements within the learning and development arena. He demonstrates a high degree of expertise with recommendations that are clear and immediately actionable. His style is open and inviting to challenges (he expresses appreciation for them), Andrew utilises this through collaboration to assist in achieving desired outcomes.
Andrew’s ability to mentor is second to none, he has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to further develop their leadership skills. His visionary thinking and supportive approach, not only provides ease of communication but his genuine care for people sets him apart from others.
Andrew has a combination of skills that position him in rare company. Not only is Andrew the most honest and ethical person I have ever met, his communication skills and vision are enviable. Many companies tend to spend vast amounts of money on paying consultants on creating a productive and pleasant work culture and often do not implement those changes. To his credit, Andrew Deering is a living breathing example of that often recommended work culture.
Andrew is organised, responsive and forthcoming with information to get problems solved. His ambitious style makes for innovative results; although consultative in his manner, he is a true Leader who people respond to easily and work with willingly. Andrew is delightful, helpful and always looking for the best outcome for everyone who is involved.