Q&A with Andy Andrews

Author of advice and self-help books and corporate speaker Andy Andrews recently appeared at a conference of Kimray employees in Oklahoma. Andrews discusses how and why people change.
by Don Mecoy Published: September 27, 2012
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Q&A with Andy Andrews

Speaker says to embrace change

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.

A: I'm kind of an ordinary guy who has an odd gift. When God was passing out talents, I didn't get the cool ones. I can't run fast. I can't sing great, but I notice little things that make a big difference in people's lives and in their businesses. I'm a professional noticer, I guess.

Q: So what do you do?

A: I've somehow developed this odd reputation of being able to help companies and teams and government entities and sometimes even entire communities to help them progress at a greater rate than they have had and become more productive. It's always little things. As a society, I really think we have developed this odd ability to think logically to the wrong conclusion. Sometimes even the things that seem obvious aren't necessarily the truth. And here's one: As a society we have become obsessed with how everybody feels. We've passed laws to protect feelings. You'll see companies that will change rules for 10,000 people depending on how 22 of them feel. That seems very logical and it seems right because don't we care about how people feel? We certainly don't want to hurt anyone's feelings if we're good people. But it's a dangerous way to live, and a dangerous way to raise your family because the truth is, nobody really cares how you feel. They only care how you act. Everything that happened to you and continues to happen to you, happens because of how you act. This is why we teach kids manners. We know if this child grows up with manners he will have an advantage in the marketplace when he is competing with a person who doesn't have manners.


by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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