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Managing Partner Belgium
Interim Management, Change Management, Project Management, SME Advisory
39 years

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time.

Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery.

Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches,
Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.


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Bayard Partnership
Back in 2001, I was working as an interim COO on a really complex assignment with massive potential impact for its employees. It was then I felt alone and wanted to find similarly driven people that I could trust and lean on in difficult times. I wanted to build a business construction that was sustainable and within which I could one day hand over my clients and business network to the next generation. My friend Alan, had a group practice law firm in Brussels and that inspired me to build the same but for interim management. Three years later, I had found the people I wanted to set it up with and Lovegrove Consulting bvba became The Bayard Partnership cvba. The rest they say is history.
In two words: the people! All the people that have joined us since our inauguration on February the 9th. 2004. Everyone, even those no longer around, have in their own way contributed to making Bayard special. From our mistakes, we learn, from the things we do right, we celebrate. From the beginning, I wanted a partnership where the people that contributed the most, owned the most, where transparency and integrity were the values that would run through its veins. We have it and we do everything to ensure it stays that way. Some say that our governance model is also special. For example, we have an un-written rule that we never vote when making decisions, every voice must be heard. We have no big chiefs to over-rule even the newest Associate with a good idea. Instead we have passionate, hardworking, intelligent and curious people with integrity and drive that want nothing more than to wow their clients with their solutions and contribution. Don’t get me wrong, we can take decisions and we can make changes but we do so in a way that is tested and fair and ensures the long-term sustainability of The Partnership.
I cannot pretend that building Bayard has always been easy. Achieving excellence, never is. Today The Partnership has reached a maturity level, far surpassing my initial expectations. But there is still a way to go. We have loyal clients that are very supportive of our model and although we have recently started Bayard UK, I want to stay on to oversee the continued growth of The Partnership, perhaps into more of our neighbouring countries and like Francis, supporting The Partnership in whichever way it finds best. But more than this, I couldn’t walk away from my fellow Associates and Partners, I enjoy their company far too much!
I have reached a stage in my career where I can decide what I want to do when I wake up in the morning, so if I choose to work, it's because I find it a pleasure. In fact, my work has almost always been a pleasure. So, hopefully my future will be the same as my present, for as long as I have good health and people around me. I love every day. I enjoy Bayard, I enjoy running our charity ‘Young Belgian Talent’, I enjoy reading and writing and giving speeches. I enjoy all the challenges I take on. Sometimes I take on too many, it’s true, so I need to learn to say ‘no’. I am hoping someone will teach me how, one day.
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