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Cooperation; teamwork

In productive teams and working groups each member makes his or her contribution and staff and managers take on the responsibility for common aims. Tasks and areas of responsibility are clearly defined, communication is open and respectful and any problems or differences of opinion are actively addressed.

Wherever people work together, crises may arise, despite the greatest efforts of all concerned, or bad habits may creep in. Trust and motivation may decrease. Often it is difficult to get out of a negative situation on one’s own.

We are well acquainted with the requirements of effective teamwork and with the dynamics of team processes and have the necessary knowledge as to how these processes can be reflected, properly influenced and, if necessary, redirected.

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

  • consulting and further training for managers in the development of teams, groups or working groups,
  • drawing up and presenting team development processes,
  • running workshops: defining the present situation; clarifying a mandate, roles, tasks and processes; examining current dynamics; conflict management.

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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