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Leadership

Leadership is at the same time intelligent management and much more too, because people cannot be managed if they don’t want to be. Leaders therefore need to win the confidence of their staff and to convince them to want to commit themselves.

This can be achieved if the leaders are aware of their responsibility for their duties and their staff and have the courage to take on this responsibility. If they are confident enough to demand a certain level of performance from their staff and to support them in achieving that level. If they communicate actively and openly with their staff, are honest and reliable and show their staff respect and concern, even and in particular if things are not going as well as they should. And if they take the time to think about what they are doing.

We provide back-up for leaders through a comprehensive range of services:

  • leadership coaching:
    through individual or group sessions. We support leaders in defining their role and using their own potential in a targeted way;

  • further courses in leadership:
    we design further courses in leadership and run such courses designed by our clients – at all management levels, of varying length and intensity and in all branches.
    We also offer further training on specific topics such as communication, conflict management, presentations, chairing meetings and entrepreneurial thinking;

  • leadership tools:
    we offer support and help for devising leadership tools, such as for designing, improving and introducing qualification systems or for introducing integrated management systems.

Andreas Kurt

onion: process & innovation

I originally studied behavioural biology and spent several years observing the hierarchical behaviour of wild chimpanzees in the West African rain forest, which in one way or another proved to be an excellent basis for my later career, for daily management tasks and present-day consultancy activities. Apart from a broad range of insights, I have brought with me an inner peacefulness and the ability to continually see things afresh and to delight in my surroundings.

I help firms, organisations, executive and teams to find solutions in the field of process and innovation management. For me it is important that the solutions that are chosen are in line with the client’s strategy and can be firmly embedded in corporate culture, so that the processes are adopted in full and the innovations develop in a sustainable way.

Professional background

  • Independent consultant since 2004, director of Tarana GmbH, Schönenberg
  • Joined onion: Consultancy Network in 2008
  • Member of the senior executive and Head of Patents and Design at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property, pioneer of new public management and successful advocate of good governance in the federal administration (1999–2004)
  • Head of Marketing at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property (1996–1999)
  • Involvement in and manager of various development cooperation projects and in national park management in African countries

Educational background

  • M.Sc. in biology, University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, specialisations: behavioural biology and ecology
  • Courses in industrial economics, political economics and intellectual property rights

Clientèle

  • Public sector and closely linked organisations
  • Innovative companies, in particular in the technical field
  • Associations and societies, in particular in the fields of environment and healthcare
  • Universities, academies and research institutions

Miscellaneous information

  • Member of the Association of Management Consultants Switzerland, asco
  • Projects published in Public Management by Norbert Thom (2008) and Fallbeispiele zur Betriebswirtschaft (Case Studies in Industrial Economics) by Jean-Paul Thommen (2008)