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Conflict

Conflict is a common if unwelcome phenomenon. It causes annoyance, gives rise to fears and uses up a good deal of energy. At the same time, however, conflict can provide opportunities and open up perspectives. The more quickly a conflict is dealt with, the greater the chances that it will lead to a constructive solution. The ability to deal constructively with conflict is particularly important for managers.

We are familiar with the dynamics of conflict. We can help our clients prevent a conflict escalating and offer support to individuals and groups in finding their way out of a difficulty, analysing a situation and deciding on and adopting a solution.

We take on the following tasks on behalf of our clients:

  • help and mediation in acute conflict situations,
  • providing support for individual parties in a conflict by analysing the situation and one’s own behaviour and searching for a solution,
  • devising and running seminars and workshops.

Gertrud Germann

onion: Organisationsberatung

After almost 30 years I’m stepping back from my professional activities as an organizational consultant. Still staying interested in all those themes around humans and organizations, I will continue to discuss actual situations and new solutions with my colleagues in the onion: network.

Professional background

  • Since 2012 continuous retirement from active consulting, extra-professional activity as proofreader and corrector at NZZ am Sonntag (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
  • Independent organisational consultant since 1998, as partner in onion: Consultancy Network
  • Director of the Informationsstelle des Zürcher Sozialwesens (1996–1998)
  • Management consultant and coach at BWI Management Weiterbildung, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (1989–1995)
  • Various positions as secretary, clerk and project team member in major IT projects in different branches (entertainment industry, commerce, insurance; 1977–1989)
  • Teaching: German, history and civics at the Lernstudio in Zurich (1975–1976)

Educational background

  • Long lasting and continuous intervision and supervision with my tutor Dr. Wolfgang Looss
  • Diploma in organisational development, SGMI Management Institute St. Gallen (1991–1993)
  • Advanced course in organisation, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Organisation und Management SGO (1988–1989)
  • Various courses in staff and company management, communication, systemic consulting, conflict management, psychology (1990–2009)
  • M.A. in germanistics and history from the Universities of Zurich and Munich (1968–1974)

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