Or things are going really well, but you need to start prioritising, you’re being stretched too thin; where do you find time to create the policies, processes and frameworks you know you’ll need to keep growing; you’ve got questions about a key hire; is everyone pulling in the same direction; when did culture become an issue (or even a thing?); should you have a rate card; how come that new agency is beating you in pitches; how do you say ‘no’ to procurement departments; is it reasonable to offer enhanced mat cover; what is everyone else doing – and does that work? When did “working for yourself” become just working?
If any of this resonate for you, we should have a chat.
etc Advisory was set up to help founders like you to help you make better decisions and unleash your agency’s potential. To arm you with the confidence to back your own instincts.
The fundamental principles of etc were developed by Andy Brown over a twenty-five year period as a founder, agency head, working in leadership teams and as an advisor and coach to business leaders.
More about Andy
My whole career has been spent working in creative service businesses. I’ve served on the board in advertising and brand agencies, digital media, direct response and research businesses. I’ve learned a lot about winning business, understanding clients and building organisations where enabling talented people to thrive has led to profitable growth.
Whatever the challenge, my focus tends to be on the individual. How can we give them the best environment for delivering a solution to the hundreds of challenges that arise every day when running a small business.
I’ve trained in Quality of Mind, so my straight talking comes from a place of honesty and care. My coaching approach is based on the Co-Active principles.
Andy Brown, founder of etc Advisory
I hate being late, I love analogies and metaphors and I’m fascinated by the way people behave. I firmly believe that the journey is as important as the destination.
Being outside recharges us so one of the things I love is walking in the countryside – ‘rambling on’ as some people have called it. I’ll haul on my boots and walk as often as I can – sometimes by myself and sometimes with others.
Over the years I’ve found that getting out of an office (or away from a conference call) and walking side by side is a great way for me to connect with my clients and for them to be able to share very openly and candidly. No notes, no pads, no whiteboards – just two or three people walking, talking, sharing.
I’ve built this into the etc approach and encourage all of my clients to find the time to walk with me if they can. These walks don’t have to be in stunning countryside, I’ve had amazing times with clients whilst simply wandering round a city. They don’t have to be long walks – just long enough to unplug and really connect. They don’t even need to be planned. A spontaneous decision to walk can have as much impact as a long planned route planned using a trusty OS map.
If this approach interests you, look out for ‘Rambling On Goes Wild’, my walking/talking event for business leaders. We hope to hold a walk in Summer 2022.