Thankyou for being here!
I am Andrew Bunting – Cornishman in Munich, father of one.
Three threads of my life – sport, business and coaching – come together in Deltago to influence my coaching.
Here’s a brief resumé:
Sport teaches results orientation, resilience, self-awareness.
My earliest competitive experiences were playing chess at primary school, and swimming as a teenager reaching regional championship level in both, learning what it takes to be successful in an achievement oriented activity: goal setting, deliberate practice, visualisation, mindset and dealing with setbacks.
I took up triathlon as student in the 80s, but couldn’t fulfill my ambitions as I moved into the corporate world.
I learned to ski when I moved to Munich and it became accessible, and took up mountain biking and bike touring which has taken me to the himalayas, andes and rockies as well as the alps.
A serious illness almost put me in a wheelchair in 2011. From barely being able to walk, as part of my rehab I turned to triathlon once more and chose a triathlon event to stretch myself back to fitness in 6 months. I have competed consistently since 2012 until the pandemic scuttled events in 2020.
These early learnings through sport, and my personal experience with illness cemented my view that if we want to fulfill our potential our physical health should be non-negotiable and not outsourced. Our brains are part of our body and our emotions are felt in our body – so if we are not taking care of our body we are short changing ourselves. Part of my continuing education is in nutrition and sport science that I bring to my healthy habits coaching.
Business tought me how to get stuff done.
I studied Electronic Systems Engineering and learnt about systems and systemic approach to understanding situations, and also about many signal processing principles that influence my thinking around how energy flows in a complex system.
After graduating I began my career at Intel Corporation in the era of Andy Grove – a leading management thinker – and began my business learnings and basics of how to be productive and successful in a highly dynamic environment. Effective meetings, constructive conversations, OKRs, marketing, operational excellence, managing to values, situational leadership and much more.
After 17 years in international high tech, it was time for something new.
I left my job through voluntary redundancy in 2007, renovated a house and set up a catering business (with innovative online ordering and delivery tracking) exiting in 2010.
Wellness is most important when you haven’t got it.
Then came my illness – potentially a result of burn out – and went into a period of convalescence coinciding with the birth of my son, which I was able to enjoy 100% taking parental career break before embarking on my coach training.
I founded Deltago in 2014 and began my journey as a change leadership coach with a focus on business skills and wellness.
Deltago is a made up name from delta, meaning difference or change, and ágō (Greek ᾰ̓́γω) – leadership.
My experience of change in organisations was that most initiatives very much focused on the business outcome, and not the people outcome, and I often felt that large change initiatives would be more effective if there were more consequential approaches to having the complete team on board with the change.
Over time I have developed my thinking to focus on what individuals need for full engagement, and what leaders need to do to provide the best working and growth environment for their teams however the concepts that gave basis to early ideas remained core principles:
- change is an opportunity – it’s life!
- we are all capable of more than we give ourselves credit for
- our success is dependent on how we manage our energy
- energy management begins with self awareness
All of my programmes today are designed with some aspect of that in mind. The rest is up to you: what change do you need?