Preparation of strategy meetings: During the initial contracting you tell me your concerns, your challenges and your desires. From that we peel the objectives for the creativity workshop and bring them into focus. Many of the questions that I put to you, are in order to achieve a comprehensive picture of your circumstances and needs. Ideally there is a preparatory meeting with your entire team. Should this not be possible, then all participants will receive a short questionnaire prior to the workshop.
On this basis I will design for you a tailor-made programme with adequate, objective-oriented issues and creative methods.
Execution of strategy meetings: Leave the process control and the stimulation of the group dynamics during the strategy meeting to me. That way you will be free, to contribute fully and creatively.
Post-processing: Approximately 1 week after the strategy meeting all participants will receive a flip chart protocol accompanied with illustrative pictures. 4 to 6 weeks later, the strategy meeting will be followed up by a debriefing – ideally with the entire team – to jointly review the progress. A longer retraining accompanying / counselling is also possible.
My moderation expertise
Experienced international moderator of small and large groups for approx 20 years
Certified large group’s moderator
I attended numerous international moderation trainings, including completion of the international course of systemic organisational counselling in Berlin. (Download)
You would like to benefit from my experience and my knowledge? Then contact me now!
I had heard good things about Birgit’s team working and moderation exercises but I couldn’t imagine that only two intense days would lift my unit and myself to such levels. Besides the instant effects in terms of productivity and working atmosphere we have continued, all by ourselves, to further improve team spirit, motivation and quality. Birgit’s methods and tools serve as the foundation in which we build a future together.
In the course of the preparatory work for the new 2015-2017 multi annual programme, Birgit Baumann has prepared and moderated a workshop with 45 innovation experts, and additionally led an internal workshop with 30 colleagues for the FFG.
Our experience was - as expected - a very positive one. Starting with the meticulous preparation, through the imaginative design of the event itself (with some extravagant, but highly effective discussion formats) up to the careful follow-up.
Even sceptics of the World Café and similar forms of discourse loved it at the end. Birgit manages to let such complex events run "like clockwork". She has more than just mastered the small and big fundamentals of communication and moderation techniques. Paired with many years of expertise on the subjects of research and innovation.
Therefore, thank you very much, it has been our pleasure!
Large groups' moderation on strategy development
Head of the FFG Strategy department
Unusual solutions require unusual methods. Dealing with technical problems such as energy efficiency for a city or region means the almost exclusive involvement of technicians. If left to their own devices, this may well lead to technically excellent partial solutions but does not necessarily ensure that the complete potential of the group is fully used even beyond the purely technical aspects.
The decision to get Birgit Baumann to support the development process “paid off” in the true sense of the word. During the three workshops carried out, the group of participants surpassed themselves in terms of creativity which led to some totally extraordinary solutions. This, however, was not all. Birgit Baumann succeeded in directing the discussions, which, while being extremely fruitful, were nevertheless also quite controversial, into a collective and cohesive result.
The conclusion for the record: if the aim is to achieve exceptional solutions one has to use the entire creative potential – and Birgit Baumann manages this excellently.
The only bad thing about Birgit Baumann is not being able to involve her more often in one’s professional everyday life. Amongst her especially remarkable strengths I count overview, an unpretentious manner but a razor-sharp perspicuity which, unabashed, is put to use even in the face of a pack of 150 industrial managers.
Birgit Baumann’s perspicuity regarding her own principles coupled with an unbiased open mind towards other concerns and convictions enables a profitable working process with expanded horizons. I have seldom been permitted to work together with such a strong but at the same time modest personality and can only recommend: MORE BAUMANN!
Moderation of a high-level management meeting of an international utility
Head of Communication, OMV
Birgit Baumann is a very charismatic person and always 100% focused. This combination means that she can not only lead a group but also captivate them.
These leadership qualities result in uniquely creative, strategically targeted, efficient processes where the goals set are regularly exceeded.