About us

What is the purpose of the work we do, why do we do it, what do we want to improve?

We develop people for organisations and organisations for people

Our focus is to develop the competence to solving problems, whether in learning as an individual or learning as an organisation. Our aim is to ensure joint further development and survival in the relevant context, even under difficult circumstances.

What do we work with in order to achieve this?

Based on the theory that organisations are living systems and not machines, we look at organisations in their functionality and their handling of the revelant surroundings.

Then we look at the different roles and functions that operate within this organisation and the forms of interactions between these roles.

Additionally, there is a consideration of the people who occupy these roles, their uniqueness and all the resources they possess.

But this is not enough help to really stimulate development. As the most important thing is the dependency of these three parts, the form of mutual influence, the effects on one another, with the overall picture in mind. By doing this, we support our customers in achieving what they really want to achieve.

What exactly do we do?

At C/O/N/E/C/T/A we analyse and clarify orders very carefully

To then apply the appropriate combination of interventions and structures. Our customers know what really fits, so they are always the most important partners when developing and deciding on measures.

We do not offer standardised products. We even use the “double assignment” in the qualification measures, in which certain content is developed in several groups. This means that the participating persons always bring their concrete concerns surrounding the topic forward, which we then understand as a second task to find solutions for. We then work with teams or larger departments, everyone involved always has a say in what is appropriate, sensible and a necessary action. Our expertise shines through as it is not turning chaotic, but rather constructive and creative instead.

At C/O/N/E/C/T/A we focus in two directions

We develop the skills of people and role-players to enable them to perform better and more effectively in their surroundings and towards the visions and goals of the organisation.

We develop the ability of organisations, subdivisions and teams to deal with their relevant surroundings – including their employees – in such a way that their likelihood of success and implementation significantly increases.

At C/O/N/E/C/T/A we believe that people fundamentally have good intentions

They want to contribute towards the success. If this does not appear to be the case, if usually comes down to one or more of the following reasons:

  • The people are not in the right place.
  • They work in unclear or unsuitable structures.
  • They lack vision, orientation, goals and context.
  • They cannot make a significant contribution in their current role because they do not possess the skills or opportunities to do so.
  • They cannot learn anything new in your current job.
  • There are old wounds that have not been dealt with (often unfavourable decisions, mostly in combination with poor communication).

In almost all cases, there are problems with and within the leadership of these people. In these areas, we draw on a wealth of experience from a wide range of industries to help you find your own solutions.

At C/O/N/E/C/T/A we enable professional development and active learning.

We support through theoretical and experiential knowledge and create methodologies. For us, successful consulting work also means taking a back seat when the system (the company/person) has found and successfully implemented its own solution.

Company

C/O/N/E/C/T/A Vienna School of Organisational Consulting

C/O/N/E/C/T/A Vienna School of Organisational Consulting is an organisation and management consultancy based in Vienna. The company provided consulting, training and coaching services to global, international, national and regional businesses and organisations.

Leadership

The company is owned by Dr. Michael Schulte-Derne (since 1988), Dr. Monika Veith, (since 1991), Dr. Gerardo Drossos (since 1992) and Mag. Mathias Weyrer (since 1996).

All partners hold equal shares in the company and lead the company together.

Former partners

The founding members were Herbert Schober (member until 2006), Hanni Jordis (until 2010), Richard Timel (until 1987) and Richard Lehrner (until 1987).

Frühere Mitglieder waren: Leo Bernardis (1983 bis 1990), Eva Dachenhausen (1983-1993), Dr. Helga Raunikar-Weule (1983-1994), Dr. Alfred Janes (1986-2010), Dr. Martin Carmann (1996-2016), Dr. Susanne Mingers (1997-2017), Mag. Ferdinand Schmid Schmidsfelden (2003-2017), Dr. Ingrid Kreuzer (1991-2017), Doz. DI. Dr. Karl Prammer (1992-2017)

History

C/O/N/E/C/T/A was founded in the autumn of 1976. The aim was to start an open dialogue in organisations that would go beyond the very rigid hierarchies typical at the time. As this approach resulted in incredible effectiveness and efficiency, the young C/O/N/E/C/T/A was, from the start, very successful economically.

In the 1980s there was a paradigm shift in counselling work. Triggers and catalysts are the concepts of systemic family theory and therapy, as well as sociological, biological and cybernetic systems theory. Psychiatrist Gianfranco Cecchin, sociologist Niklas Luhmann, biologist Humberto Maturana and, later, also cyberneticist Heinz von Foerster became teachers at C/O/N/E/C/T/A. Organisations as systems became the focus of attention. The book “Radical Market Economy – Behaviour as a commodity, who is acting, who is trading” (“Radikale Marktwirtschaft – Verhalten als Ware oder Wer handelt, der handelt 1st edition 1992), co-written with the Heidelberg psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Fritz B. Simon.

The 1990s were dominated by the emergence of change management. C/O/N/E/C/T/A specialized in guiding change projects whose drive and power come from within the company itself. The topic of “development from within” became a distinctive feature of C/O/N/E/C/T/A. The company itself was also subject to change during this period. The specific Viennese style of consultancy led to the creation of a new brand – the “Vienna School of Organsiational Consultancy” was born and launched at the EXPO 2000 in Hanover. C/O/N/E/C/T/A integrated this trademark into its corporate identity and became “C/O/N/E/C/T/A Vienna School of Organisational Consulting”.

Since 2000, we have been intensively engaged in integrating neurobiological research results into our consulting work. Bringing to the forefront, thinking, learning, emotions and social behaviour. Our consulting and training work is strongly influenced by the “emotional logic” of the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Luc Ciompi. We are intensively involved with the solution-focused brief therapy by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. At the same time, the integration of systemic constellation work (especially in the work of Matthias Varga von Kibéd) allows us to sharpen our advisory interventions. Large group interventions change the “scope” of systemic organisational consulting. Together with our customers, we are increasingly expanding our field of activity from the German-speaking DACH states to Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2010, the tradition of collaborative book publications will be taken up again. “Leadership life” (“Führung leben”) followed by “Consulting life” (“Beratung leben”) in 2013. In both books – so the respective subtitle – we include the importance of “practical examples, practical tips and practical theory” – attributes that represent the special nature of systemic literature.

In recent years, we have been working with new management development formats such as co-creation dialogues and constellation miniatures. Also using dynamic approaches to thinking and organisation as well as reflection tools. Attitudes and instruments of self-management and maintaining personal resilience continue to be important to us.