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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Positive Leadership - The Management Revolution

2017, Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7910-3843-8

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 partner, trainconsulting
  • 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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As a technician and project manager, I experienced the expert role in organizations. However, curiosity soon grew beyond purely technical-causal relationships - from complicated technology to complex human systems.

The combination of a technical background and a systemic perspective is my basis with which I now accompany organizations. Driven by the vision of making changes meaningful and energetic, turning innovations into progress, and thereby supporting joyful work.

As a representative of Generation Y, I am fascinated by the different perspectives on work, organization and change that meet in the workplace today.

Areas of Expertise

  • Facilitator in change processes
  • Project Management, focused on multi-disciplinary communication and cooperation
  • Facilitator in team building processes
  • Virtual teamwork and decision-making
  • System Constellation Work
  • Creative approaches to workshop design
  • Qualitative analysis of organizational patterns

Professional Background

  • Consultant at trainconsulting since 2019
  • Project Manager and techn. Project Lead at Strabag AG
  • Traineeship at Strabag AG
  • Researcher at voestalpine
  • Internships at OMV and Siemens
  • Team leader at Cirque du Soleil, Vienna
  • TEDx-Organizer

Education and Training

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Montan University Leoben
  • Foreign studies at University of Adelaide/Australia (Industrial Engineering with economic focus) and at Riga Technical University/Latvia
  • Certified facilitator of „System constellation work in the context of organizations“ – Dörrer, De Geus, Rosselet. Vienna 2019
  • Training in „Systemic change management“ – trainconsulting, Vienna, ongoing
  • Trained facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials
  • Certified Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance International), Bahamas, 2009

Working Languages

german (native), english (fluent)

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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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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
  • Service Design Facilitator, S’WALK SDN
  • Trained facilitator of LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials

Working Languages

German (native), English

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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 Mogli’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 it takes place in. So I began immersing myself in the dynamics of organisational cultures. For 22 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

  • For 22 years consulting Activities and Qualification Programmes for leaders (strengthening personal responsibility, leading with principles,…)
  • Consulting Activities on Cultural Change and New Work
  • Qualification Programmes for internal and external experts (Agile Moderation, Design Thinking, Agile Cooperation, Decision Making…)
  • Strengthening cooperation in and between organisations
  • Coaching and Sparring for leaders and experts
  • Lectures: for Business Consultancy, Large Groups, Change and Conflict Handling, Organisational Development, Knowledge Management and Systemic Organisation Consultancy at Danube University of Applied Sciences Krems, UAS Wr. Neustadt, Open Programs/trainconsulting, Webster University and others
  • Consultancy for public welfare (St. Anna Children Hospital for Cancer Research, Project Bank for public welfare, Institute for Sustainability)

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

  • Acht Aspekte wirksamen Lernens (2016)
  • Wissensvernetzung in Organisationen - Wissen entwickeln, teilen, nutzen (2009)
  • Mythos „Team“ – ein Plädoyer zur Entglorifizierung (2007)

Working Languages

German (native), English

 

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Second Day at The House of Beautiful Business

“It takes a village. It starts with a house.”
The House of Beautiful Business.

Wherever work is meaningful it gives direction and energy to those involved. It makes me happy when my work is a contribution to that end.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sparring partner, source of inspiration and coach to executives:
    - Organisational design – help release the energy and effectivity of organisations
    - Change design – rely on strengths during change processes
    - Positive Leadership – lead with meaning and joy
  • Conception and implementation of leadership development courses and training programmes
  • Positive HR – generate HR strategies that focus on strengths and help put them into practice

Education and Training

  • Degree in social and economic sciences (Vienna and Graz, Austria)
  • Training in group dynamics at ÖAGG (Austrian working group for group therapy and group dynamics)
  • Trained as systemic coach at trainconsulting, Vienna
  • Qualification in existential analytical consultation (Austrian institute for existential analysis and logotherapy)
  • Organisational consultant (ÖSB)
  • Change management (Beratergruppe Neuwaldegg consultancy group)

Working Languages

German (native), English

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When asked what makes me stand out, a customer of mine recently replied: “The sun is walking in. She communicates that there is no situation where there is not a solution, and she brings ease into difficult processes. If you get stuck, she helps to open up, also provokes and gets you into action and above all, she stays with you and then gets to the point.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organisational Design: accompany complex change processes and establishment of sustainable organizational designs
  • Positive Leadership: qualify leaders to know and use their own strengths and strengthen the resources and potential of the organization and its employees
  • 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

  • Service Design Consultant
  • 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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I find it inspiring to create sustainable organisations.
This means to develop an organisational design and a leadership that is fit for global challenges.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organisational design: changes of structure, process and culture
  • Leadership development (profit and non-profit organisations)
  • Sparring partner and consultant in change processes
  • Organisational development of young enterprises
  • Chinese direct investments in the DACH region

Professional Experience

  • Managing director SOS Mitmensch, Vienna
  • Consultant MM Karton, Guangzhou, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
  • Senior Consultant Syn-Group Unternehmensberatung, Vienna
  • Chief Representative Roxcel GmbH, Shanghai
  • Chief Representative Unisource International, Shanghai

Education and Training

  • Trained as a systemic consultant at trainconsulting, Vienna
  • MBA from CEIBS, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai (IESE, Barcelona)
  • Master in sinology, sociology and history from the university of Vienna, Austria

Working Languages

German (native), English, Chinese, French

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Catching Chinese Fish - Interview with a Chinese Headhunter

China is no longer the cheap factory place for Europe. Research and Innovation are on the top agenda of many companies and they are having a hard time in finding and keeping the right talents. Wang Pei (PW), founder of Oasis Executive Search in Shanghai has twenty years experience in the Chinese talent trading business. Sabine Zhang (SZ) talked with her about how to catch Chinese talent in a fast moving economy, where people feel, that they are missing out on their career if they stay more than three years in the same position.

SZ: Can we first talk briefly about your company?

PW: I set up Oasis Consulting in 1997, together with Lesly Wang. We started with relocation consulting to foreigners, but very soon realized that foreign companies were looking for local talent to reduce high expat expenses. We realized that this would be a new market and were one of the first private Chinese companies in Shanghai to get a license for talent trading. We have been 18 years in the market. Today we focus on the automotive industry, FMCG, luxury goods and retail as well as manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical.

SZ: What are the main requests of foreign companies looking for Chinese employees?

PW: Nowadays foreign companies have localized on middle management level and above. Some foreign companies employ even Chinese top managers, at the beginning these where often overseas Chinese, but now they are more and more local talents. The main requests are usually language skills, experience in the field, strong technical background and also leadership skills.

SZ: Why leadership skills are important?

PW: Foreign companies hire local middle managers mainly for leadership, because it is very difficult to lead a Chinese team, unless you know the language and the culture.

SZ: How would you describe a good leader in a middle management position?

PW: Chinese people respect leaders that are good role models and act like one of them. Face problems together and are very team oriented.

SZ: Our image of Chinese organisations is rather hierarchical?

PW: Of course, you are right, there are still very hierarchical leaders that just give orders, but they risk, that whole teams leave the company and move to another company. Since foreign companies operate in China, people get exposed to different company cultures and leadership styles and this had an influence on Chinese leadership culture. 20 years ago almost all companies where state owned.

SZ: Do you still see a big difference between private Chinese companies and foreign companies in China?

PW: Yes. Many private Chinese companies started as a family business, so at the beginning mainly relatives worked there and they had a strong relationship focus. As they are growing they have to hire people from outside the family and this usually brings conflicts. Important positions are still held by family members.

SZ: We also hear that Chinese talent is moving very fast. In your opinion what are the most important factors to retain a good employee?

PW: I think, the main reason for people to move fast is, there are still many opportunities. Foreign companies have realized this problem and ask as to find talent with a stable record of at least five years in the same company. For us it is important to find out what people really want. If I see, that somebody just wants to take a job as a step to somewhere else, I would not recommend him or her. Many of our clients have now internal systems, where employees can move to other cross-functional positions, which is very well appreciated.

SZ: So money is not the most important motivation?

PW: Not any more. Especially for middle managers and above a 10% increase in salary might not mean anything, but the chance to develop and learn something else gets more important. For example: if you earn 1 million RMB, your quality of life will not increase much, if I give you 1,1 or 1,2 millions. They don’t appreciate money anymore, but they really look at their career development.

SZ: In that sense career development means to move to different functions and not necessarily to move upwards?

PW: Yes, exactly. Cross-functional career development is very important because vertical career development is limited. If you have gone through different functions, one day you could probably get a position at the top.

SZ: What would be an average salary of a Chinese manager in a European company in China?

PW: Some functions have a higher income, like marketing and sales and lately also R&D directors. According to our database statistics a sales or marketing director could earn about 700.000 RMB (gross income), which is roughly 100.000 EUR. And this is definitely the bottom line. If you are more senior, you could easily make 1 million RMB gross income, that makes about 700.000 net income.

SZ: You are currently in Europe to develop new opportunities for your own company. What are your ideas and your vision for Oasis Consulting?

PW: We have grown our company very steadily over the past 18 years and we have long-term customer relationship with European clients. Due to market changes we want to grow and internationalize our business. We have seen some Chinese managers moving to international positions in Europe and more and more Chinese investment in European companies, so we see a lot of opportunities to grow with our clients.

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