Consultants

I passionately like hands-on work, but I also love the theory. That's why I enjoy writing books, where I can combine theory with practical application.

The foundation of TRAIN in 1988 – today, trainconsulting – was the logical step from my role as trainer and consultant to entrepreneur.

Areas of Expertise

  • Systemic organisational consultancy on cultural change, leadership and communication
  • Consultancy on how to develop guiding principles and on cultural integration
  • Design and implementation of qualification programmes on leadership, communication and conflict management for the collaboration within teams and in the context of organisational change processes
  • Trainer for Systemic Change Design and Positive Leadership

Education and Training

  • Degree in social sciences (educational sciences, economic and social history) from the University of Vienna
  • Trained as a systemic consultant with Bernd Schmid as well as Fritz B. Simon and Gunthard Weber at the Heidelberg Institute
  • Several professional courses in systemic consulting, appreciative inquiry, constellation work and many more
  • Member of the Austrian Society for Group Dynamics and Organization Consulting (ÖGGO)

Publications

  • Positive Leadership (2014), German, English edition available soon
  • The Jungle Book of Leadership (2014)
  • Einführung in Großgruppenmethoden (2007), German
    an introduction to methods for large groups

Working Languages

German (native), English, Italian

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The dynamics between people‘s development and the development of organisations and business has always fascinated me. I am coming from an industry that had to reinvent itself radically due to an existential crisis. Experiencing what is possible when leaders make changes professionally and with their hearts, even though they may require tough cuts, always touches me. Whenever people and organisations develop what they are already good at and what makes sense to them, they are confident and successful.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership and leadership development: from developing the individual person to the impact within the organisation
  • Designing and facilitating strategy and change processes: confidence and energy as patterns change
  • Team development and support of executive teams: management teams as success factors for the organisation
  • New Work and Leadership: integrating trends – balance between current trends and actual needs
  • Coaching leaders and HR: role, communcation, conflict, managing change

Professional Background

  • Systemic organisational consultant and coach
  • Lectures and presentations on: leadership, career & family compatibility, career advancement of women
  • Non Profit: facilitating organisational development of 2. Sparkasse
  • Head of the learning & development department of an Austrian bank
  • Internal consultant for corporate development, team development and change

Education and Training

  • Degree in business administration from the University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Vienna)
  • Trained as a systemic trainer and consultant (trainconsulting)
  • Changemanagement (mcv, IOM and trainconsulting)
  • Organisational development training (mcv und Trigon)
  • Trained as systemic coach (Simon, Weber & Friends und Gunther Schmidt, Milton-Erickson-Institut Heidelberg)
  • Future work (mcv and WU Vienna)
  • Leading with meaning, systemic leading and group dynamics (Simon, Weber & Friends, mcv)
  • Trained facilitator of LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials

Working Languages

German (native), English

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How do new things and ideas come into the world? is a question which has been fascinating me since a long time - back in the days in senior management, and today as a consultant. Creating environments for innovation; walking new paths in leadership; rethinking methods of collaboration to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic world of technological change. This is where I find meaning and joy in my work

Areas of Expertise

  • Consultant for strategy, innovation and organisational design
  • Facilitator in transformation programmes and in complex change processes
  • Training instructor in qualification programmes
  • Research and development in digital transformation

Professional Background

Multiple years of experience in senior management positions in a multinational telecommunication company:

  • Digital transformation manager and program manager in the field of artificial intelligence and virtual digital assistants in customer service
  • Vice president of strategy and portfolio management for the Austrian subsidiary
  • Head of the project management office; programme manager for technology and change projects in the CEE area

Education and Training

  • Degree in business informatics from the TU Vienna and Aston University Birmingham
  • Degree in systemic change management from the Institute of Organisation and Management at the Steinbeis University Berlin
  • Management training at the ESSEC Business School and ESMT Berlin
  • Project management, PMI
  • Team development and outdoor trainer at Freiraum
  • Trained facilitator of LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials

Working Languages

German (native), English

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I have been enthusiastic about working with talents from very early on in my life, in sports as a tennis instructor, in music as a singer or as an executive in different types of organisations. Today, I am very happy to be able to integrate all that in my profession and passionate about providing consultancy to leaders and managers on how to master change processes. The heart of my work is to help design organisations where effective work can be done with powerful enthusiasm.

Areas of Expertise

  • Design organisations towards positive energy - "Designing for Flow"
  • Provide impetus and act as sparring partner for executives in complex change processes
  • Qualitative organisational analyses
  • Input and consultancy on strategic HR decisions
  • Executive development as part of qualification programmes
  • Executive coaching
  • Board member of the European Organisation Design Forum (eodf)
  • Lecturer in master programmes at traditional universities and universities of applied science

Professional Background

Ten years of leadership experience in international companies:

  • Director of human resources at a US biotech company
  • Head of HR at an Austrian bank
  • Head of HR & organisational development in the food retail sector
  • Retail manager in the food sector

Educational Background

  • Studied commercial science at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna and in Puebla, Mexico, completed with a master thesis on commerce in Puebla
  • Certified systemic trainer, consultant and coach
  • Professional courses in Whole-Scale Change™, strategy development, organisational constellations, Holocracy™, HR management, to name but a few
  • Founding partner of the "Vienna Circle for Organisational Constellations"
  • Classical singing training (opera, oratorio and Lied)

Publications

  • Die Spielregeln der Führung (German). Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse aus Unternehmen (2015)
    on the rules of leadership with real-life business examples

Working Languages

German (native), English, Spanish

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Reinventing Leadership Development

Warum HR Führungskräfteentwicklung neu denken muss

The most interesting aspect of my work is to see the different approaches that organisations can chose to become a workplace that is interesting, meaningful and fun. Getting to know this variety of unique culture, character and internal logic is similarly amazing to me as travelling to distant countries. I find it particularly fascinating that there is no single panacea for a strong organisational culture. That is what makes working towards this goal so exciting.

Areas of Expertise

  • Facilitator in change processes
  • Training instructor and consultant in cross-cultural management
  • Consultant for matters of organisational culture; analysis of organisational culture
  • Training instructor in qualification programmes
  • Consultant for strategic HR management, employee & organisational development
  • Facilitator in team building processes

Professional Background

  • Consultant for employee and leadership development in the Inter-American Development Bank in Costa Rica and Washington DC
  • Human resources senior consultant at Oracle, Vienna
  • Employee developer at T-Mobile, Vienna

Education and Training

  • Degree in business administration from the University of Economics, Vienna and UTDT in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Degree in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna
  • Professional courses in facilitation and training
  • Certified systemic consultant and coach
  • Many years of travel for study and research purposes in 17 countries in Latin America

Working Languages

German (native), English, Spanish

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ReThinking Performance Management

HR needs to go to its next stage of evolution and positively reinvent itself towards a new approach in HRM. It’s time to apply positive psychology principles and methods to HR’s traditional roles through a new framework called Positive HR or HR+.
I have managed enterprises and non-profit organisations for about twenty years. My main understanding of management back then was to design the best possible frameworks for successful work. Today, this expertise is part of my consulting and training practice. And I really enjoy supporting executives in becoming more effective in their leadership.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic leadership
  • Organisational development
  • Management positions at NPOs and public services
  • Identity of organisations and enterprises
  • Communication

Professional Background

  • Consultant and managing director at brainds, a branding agency in Vienna
  • Managing director at Dialog, a health-care organisation in Vienna

Education and Training

  • Polity-oriented social management and marketing
  • Academy of social work of the city of Vienna
  • Systemic change design, leadership, business consultancy, financial controlling in NPOs, quality management systems and internal audits, assessor with the Austrian Foundation for Quality Management, "Between Organism and Organisation", International Summer School on Business Mediation

Working Languages

German (native), English

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As a sociologist I perceive organizations embedded in their social and physical environment and believe deeply that a sustainable development is only possible as a conjoint development of both sides. As a consultant I am dedicated to work with people and organizations in order to discover their hidden talents, opportunities, ideas so that they can flourish. With the big picture in mind I like to focus on details that make the crucial difference.

Areas of Expertise

  • Consulting on cultural change
  • Qualitative analysis of organisations
  • Cooperation in international teams
  • Management trainings
  • Consulting on sustainable organisational development
  • Stakeholder Management

Professional Background

  • Self-employed consultant since 2009
  • Consultancy and training in the scope of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, public management
  • Consultancy in the scope of international know-how-transfer und cross-border cooperation
  • Introduction of environmental management systems
  • Project manager for solid waste management and environmental research
  • External Lecturer for the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna

Education and Training

  • Graduate of the Institute for Foreign Trade, Budapest
  • Graduate of Sociology, University of Vienna
  • Organisational and personal development (BÖP)
  • Systemic Consulting (TRAIN Werkstatt)
  • Train-the-trainer (trainconsulting Tool Box)
  • Process Management, Group Dynamics I-II., System Diagnosis, etc.

Languages

Hungarian (native), German, English, Russian

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Explore the ways in which organisations function. Help create the ideal conditions for an inspiring development. Communicate wisely to unite divergent perspectives. Facilitate meaningful and effective work. And above all: increase quality of life. That is what I want my work to be all about.

Areas of Expertise

  • Consultancy to executives and management teams on leadership and communication
  • Qualitative organisational analyses
  • Change management processes and organisational development processes
  • Stakeholder processes
  • Courses in leadership, communication, facilitation, conflict management

Professional Background

  • Director, actor
  • Entrepreneur (adult education, edutainment, social simulations)
  • Consultant and project manager in several consulting companies
  • Managing partner at a consultancy (Mocca organisational consultancy with focus on politics, public administration and science)
  • Founding partner of the trainer and consultant network ViceVersa
  • Lecturer at several universities (University of Vienna, Technical University of Vienna, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna) and postgraduate programs (SORA)
  • Member of the Institute for Systemic Organisational Research
  • Honorary member of the board of a project to establish a bank for the common good (Projekt zur Gründung einer Bank für Gemeinwohl)

Education and Training

  • Degree in sociology from the University of Vienna
  • Trained as a systemic consultant at trainconsulting, Vienna
  • Trained as a facilitator at ComTeam, Gmund/Tegernsee, Germany
  • Professional courses in Open Space (Owen), RTSC and Future Search Conferences (e.g. Zurbonsen, Tolchinsky), systemic structural constellations (e.g. de Geus, Rosselet), systems theory (Baecker), systemic consulting (Simon, G. Schmidt), sociocracy (e.g. De Meche) and many more
  • A number of courses in theatre, performance and improvisation

Publications

  • Die Spielregeln der Führung (German). Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse aus Unternehmen (2015)
    on the rules of leadership with real-life business examples

Working Languages

German (native), English, Dutch, Spanish

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Inspired by Mowgli’s discovery of the world, my first cinematic experience at the age of 10 led me to wonder about people and their motivations. Years later I learned that human behaviour does not take place in a vacuum, but in a social context, and it is shaped by the environment in which it takes place. So I began to immerse myself in the dynamics of organisational cultures. For 19 years I have been working as a consultant in organisations where I have designed cultural change processes, making complex topics more tangible and accessible to others.

Areas of Expertise

  • Consulting activities on cultural change and new worlds of work
  • Qualification programmes for internal experts (how to manage processes effectively, use facilitation skills, create momentum for change,...)
  • Consulting activities and qualification programmes on leadership (strengthen personal responsibility and ownership, lead by principles,...)
  • Strengthen cooperation in and between organisations
  • Coach and sparring partner to executives and internal staff units
  • on business consultancy, large group facilitation, change and conflict management, organisational development, knowledge management and systemic organisational consultancy (Danube University Krems, UAS Wr. Neustadt, open programmes with trainconsulting, Webster University, etc.)

Education and Training

  • Professional courses in systemic organisational consulting
  • Master in advanced studies knowledge management from the Danube University
  • Certified psychotherapist
  • Degree in psychology from the University of Vienna
  • Professional courses in organisational design, large group interventions, whole scale change, experiential learning, conflict management and positive psychology

Publications

  • Wissensvernetzung in Organisationen - Wissen entwickeln, teilen, nutzen (2009) (German) on how to create, share and use knowledge in organisations
  • Mythos „Team“ – ein Plädoyer zur Entglorifizierung (2007) (German), a call to deglorify the team

Working Languages

German (native), English

 

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Wo immer Arbeit Sinn stiftet, entsteht für Menschen Orientierung und Energie. Dazu einen Beitrag zu leisten, macht mir in meiner Arbeit Freude.

Arbeitsschwerpunkte

  • Sparringpartner, Impulsgeber und Coach für Führungskräfte:
    - Organization Design – Energie und Wirkung von Organisationen entfalten
    - Change Design – in der Veränderung auf Stärken setzen
    - Positive Leadership - mit Sinn und Freude führen
  • Planung und Umsetzung von Führungsentwicklungsprogrammen
  • Positive HR – Entwicklung stärkenbasierter HR-Konzepte und Begleitung der Umsetzung

Führungserfahrung

  • Langjährige Führungserfahrung (Internationaler Konzern/Industrie, Beratungsunternehmen)
  • Leitungsfunktion HR-Development (Internationaler Konzern/Industrie)
  • Lehraufträge an diversen Fachhochschulen und Universitäten (MBA) in Österreich und Deutschland

Ausbildung

  • Studium der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Wien, Graz)
  • Gruppendynamik im ÖAGG (Österreichischer Arbeitskreis für Gruppentherapie und Gruppendynamik)
  • Systemisches Coaching (trainconsulting)
  • Existenzanalytische Beratung (Institut Existenzanalyse und Logotherapie)
  • Organisationsberatung (ÖSB)
  • Change Management (Beratergruppe Neuwaldegg)

Arbeitssprachen

Deutsch (Muttersprache), Englisch

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Excellence can only be achieved with a focus on strengths. I strongly believe in that. The focus of my work therefore has always been on helping individuals and organisations to discover their strengths, potentials and resources, and on guiding them how to use those. For many years I have worked as an executive and as HR manager in large multinationals where I co-initiated global change processes.

To transform organisations into places where work can be done in a meaningful and efficacious way - this is how I would like to make a contribution.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organisational Design: help organisations shape their future
  • Positive Leadership: support leaders in focussing on their own strengths, resources and potentials as well as on those of the organisation and of everyone working there
  • Positive HR: assist HR in harvesting the best of the strengths and resources of the organisation and its employed individuals for the benefit of both

Professional Background

  • Director of human resources apparel at Nike Europe (Amsterdam)
  • Human resources manager at Nike (Vienna)
  • Different HR positions at Mondelez in the Austrian regional unit and the HQ
  • Lecturer at two universities of applied sciences in Austria
  • Voluntary work: managing director of the NGO Paint for Life

Education and Training

  • Certified systemic consultant
  • Professional courses in leadership, appreciative inquiry, cross-cultural management, facilitation of large group meetings, finance and several HR expert courses
  • Master in business education from the Kepler University in Linz, Austria
  • Studies abroad at the Lund University in Sweden

Working Languages

German (native), English

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I am fascinated time and time again how much productive energy is released and how much resources get mobilised whenever organisations evolve towards a shared vision. To contribute to that effort and to experience how systems learn and evolve is what pleases me most in my work. Whenever possible I make my love of nature and of action-focused methods a part of my work.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organisational analysis, qualitative organisational diagnosis, quantitative methods
  • HR analysis and diagnosis tools for employee selection, employee and team development
  • Conception and implementation of employee surveys
  • Healthy organisation: occupational psychology consultation, workplace health promotion, evaluation of psychological stress
  • Facilitator in change processes
  • Facilitator in team building processes
  • Research and development in HR/OD and digitalisation

Professional Background

  • 7 years as HR consultant, R&D project management in HR
  • 5 years IT and financial controlling experience at an IT multinational
  • Certified occupational psychologist, WHP, projects
  • Clinical and health psychologist (AKH, Vienna General Hospital)

Education and Training

  • Degree in psychology from the University of Vienna
  • Postgraduate qualification in occupational psychology from the Austrian professional association of psychologists (BÖP)
  • Postgraduate qualification in clinical and health psychology from the Austrian association of critical psychologists (GKPP)
  • Trained as a systemic consultant and coach at trainconsulting, Vienna
  • Trained in Systemic Change Design at trainconsulting, Vienna
  • Professional courses in outdoor education and adventure education at Freiraum GmbH, Vienna
  • Professional seminars and conferences on employee and organisational development

Working Languages

German (native), English

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