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Dr. Andrew Bean

Training & Strategy Consultant

Dr. Andrew Bean

Andrew has been training and consulting in the Middle East for the past 10 years. He has also built his extensive experience in his home country of Australia. He has worked across a wide range of scientific, technological and business disciplines, working effectively with clients from different countries, backgrounds, experience and ages.

Andrew began his professional career in management and strategy consulting, working with the global strategy firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on strategic planning, operations improvement, information technology management, financial assessment and market research. This provided Andrew with the springboard into academic and business pursuits, where he has been able to cross-fertilise ideas and techniques. He continues to enjoy the challenge of strategy consulting and helping Focus clients find lasting solutions.

He loves to deliver engaging, dynamic training in his core areas of expertise, which include leadership and management, supervisory skills, strategic thinking, strategic planning, leading high-performance teams, negotiations, technical report writing, communication, creative problem solving, decision making approaches, emotional intelligence, time management, customer service, sales and marketing and personal development.

He holds a Bachelors of Science (Hons) and PhD, together with specialist credentialing and certification in preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector and assessing competence in the work environment. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors and an IPM SafetyCircle Coach. Andrew is also part of the executive education adjunct faculty of the Australian Graduate School of Management.

What three adjectives best describe you?

  • Fun
  • Interactive
  • Mysterious

What attracted you to become a consultant?

Working with small groups of interested learners, helping people avoid all the mistakes I made, such as learning things the hard way as a manager.

What most excites you about the learning process?

Seeing "the light come on" as people understand and see how they can apply what we are discussing to their work/life situation.


  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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