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Organisations; companies

Organisations are living systems. Basically they are capable of adapting to market situations, to the environment, to the partners they work with and to their staff – continually and often without any noticeable effort. They do this using the values, steering mechanisms and behavioural methods that are particular to them and that they have adopted over the years.

Sometimes, however, this continual process of adaptation is not sufficient to successfully deal with the challenges they face. The methods used thus far are no longer appropriate for the requirements of the market; the company and the demands of the market need to be re-balanced. Breaches or crises arise around them or within the organisation which require specific reactions; companies or parts of companies with a different corporate culture are merged; new people with new ideas arrive and cause unrest and resistance.

In such situations one cannot assume that everything will automatically come right. In order to keep the organisation on track it can be sufficient to review and modify its economic and strategic management tools. It may, however, require a comprehensive procedure to deal with the new challenges, to re-examine the company’s values and behaviour patterns and to carefully plan and implement the necessary changes.

We offer organisations and companies the necessary support for reviewing their management tools as well as for devising and designing procedures for introducing changes. We run workshops and we coach project managers, executives and teams in how to manage and deal with change.

In all our consultancy work, be it with management groups, teams or individuals, we take into account the history, the culture as well as the environment of the organisation as a whole.

Judith Knobel

onion: sistema GmbH

«In the eyes of a crab, everyone else is moving sideways.»

I am fascinated by the various ways in which we perceive and see what is around us and use this as a basis for our convictions, different types of behaviour and concepts; they are a challenge to me in my daily work. When I am dealing with individuals, groups or organisations I try to ensure that these differences can be used as a source of enrichment and a basis for new solutions. In this respect, my experience and knowledge, sense of humour and enthusiasm stand me in good stead.

Professional background

  • Independent organisational consultant and coach since 2001, owner of onion: sistema GmbH
  • Head of Department at the Pestalozzianum (1999–2001)
  • Head of the Elternbildungszentrum der Stadt Zürich (1996–1999)
  • Deputy Director of the Psychologischer Dienst der Schweizerischer Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft (1990–1996)
  • Member of the Directory Board of the Berufsschule für Kleinkinderziehung (Training centre for Childcare; 1986–1990)

Educational background

  • Certificate in conflict management and mediation in organisations (2012)
  • Diploma as systemic organisational consultant (2006)
  • Master in corporate development (2001)
  • Further training as psychotherapist (1997)
  • M.A. in applied psychology, University of Zurich (1988)

Clientèle

  • Organisations in the social services and healthcare fields, public sector (organisational and team development, project monitoring)
  • Financial services companies (executive training, coaching, team development
  • Schools (organisational and quality development, further training and team development)
  • Hospitals and interdisciplinary doctors’ practices (organisational and team development)
  • Public sector, committees (role definition, team development, conflict management)
  • Executives in all branches (coaching)

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