People don’t leave companies, they leave leaders. And while the subject of leadership has never been talked about more, research tells us that leaders are actually getting worse. In 2011 I wanted to empower organizations to overcome this problem. So, I helped pilot my “by design” methodology with an USAF group in Mildenhall England (Mildenhall RAF) and a group commander, Colonel Bill DeMarco. We encountered great success. Then in 2014 Colonel DeMarco and I and a team of leadership experts formed Leaders by Design at Air University (Maxwell AFB) in Montgomery, AL. It is now one of their most sought after leadership courses.
I am passionate about transforming organizations through the leaders who serve them. I believe that the key to transformation is from the inside out – by design, with personalized tools for individual styles and teams, versus a one-size-fits-all approach. Our history of successes (and failures, learning what does not work in this era) fuels our passion to serve you and make organizations better.
As a pioneer of executive coaching and millennial era management methodologies, Andy’s passion is to inspire and equip leaders globally, to embrace a new, more profitable style of leadership focused on developing great people in order to make a great impact!
Working with top leaders in business, military, entertainment and the non-profit world, Andy has a multi-industry and forward-thinking awareness most business advisors don’t bring to the table. This unique knowledge base has led him in successful partnerships with organizations like Coca-Cola, The U.S. Air Force, Chick-Fil-A, Newell Rubbermaid, The Mattress Firm, Points of Light, Team Novo Nordisk and Northwestern Mutual.
Prior to his work as a leadership influencer andychristiansen.com Andy spent his career helping consumer package goods companies thrive. Alongside Kraft/Veryfine, he co-created a national brand called Fruit2o®, igniting a global, new beverage category and influencing the creation of 21 unique brands and over 34 billion dollars in annual sales.
Clients say Andy has a way of clarifying complex problems into simple terms, paving the way for immediate action. His unique ability to help leaders transform problems into actionable solutions makes him an invaluable advisor and business partner.
Andy is also the author of The 40:40 Principle 4040principle.com, a book that reveals the purpose and power of strategic mentoring relationships in the post information age. He is an Honorary Professor of Leadership at Air University, USAF, holds a BBA of Finance from Kent State, M.Div. From BTCP, Professional Certified Coach from CoachU and a CLC Certified Life Coach from ILCT. He is a fan of extreme sports and loves football and was captain of the state champion Kent State Rugby team at Kent State University. For the last ten years he and a group of like-minded, adventurers have traveled to Colorado and California to hike the tallest mountains (Mnt. Whitney, Longs Peak, Mnt. Elbert, Mnt. Massive, etc.).