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Strategy

Every organisation that has secured its survival over a certain period of time in a given market has a strategy. It has perhaps not been explicitly defined and formulated but can be seen in practice, in the characteristic way the organisations act, in its various basic convictions and conceptions.

The (formulated) strategy embodies the firm’s or the organisational unit’s actions and behaviour through which it ensures its survival and expansion within its surroundings. It demonstrates how its «acquis» is maintained and where new achievements need to be made or developed.

The strategy should provide a binding direction for the actions of those responsible as well as for all other parties involved. It should indicate the level of quality to be attained as well as how to deal with clients, suppliers, service providers and staff.

We provide companies and organisations with support in implementing the strategy they have chosen.

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

  • advice on drawing up and implementing strategic development processes,
  • support for devising organisational and environmental analyses,
  • running strategy workshops,
  • monitoring the implementation of a strategy and any resulting tasks.

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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