Carolin Peinecke, Managing Director

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"Clarity and humor help make challenges easier to face and overcome.” read more
"Clarity and humor help make challenges easier to face and overcome.”

Consulting is in my blood. I immerse myself in my client’s situation in order to get to the root of their problems and then support them in finding their own solution. I achieve this by being clear and demanding, not by being soft. In my role as critical partner, I am able to bring personal and organizational development processes to a successful result by integrating different perspectives with an external view. And we have a lot of fun in success along the way.

How do you react when you’re stuck in a traffic jam? read more
How do you react when you’re stuck in a traffic jam?

When I’m stuck in a traffic jam the first thing I do is check that I have my mobile phone charger and the hands-free kit. And if I have them, I use the time to talk to customers, colleagues or friends. An hour goes by in no time at all and for me the time was not wasted.

What urgently needs to be invented? read more
What urgently needs to be invented?

That’s easy – the perfect handbag. Not too big, so that I can always have it with me but not too small so that I can fit everything in. It should have lots of compartments so that I can keep all my things tidy but still clearly laid out and easy to find. Smart enough that I can take it to work and casual enough that I don’t have to repack it if I’m out with my friends. It should be classic so I don’t constantly need to get a new one but still fashionable. Any other questions?

Where is your favourite place in your home town? read more
Where is your favourite place in your home town?

On the River Weser in the Weserbergland, of course. Whether it’s on my bike or on my in-line skates or jogging or just going for a walk. In a beach chair in a nice café. The Weser is a wonderful place to wind down with its small hills and meadows.

What’s the funniest mishap you had in a training event? read more
What’s the funniest mishap you had in a training event?

It happened a few years ago when there were still overhead projectors. Anyone who knows me knows that I seldom sit still in a workshop and that I like to move around the room. Even backwards. And that’s how it was on that day. It was a really big room with a lot of room to move around. And while I was walking backwards I bumped into a flip chart which promptly fell over pulling the overhead projector along with it. Both pieces of equipment were a complete write-off. For this reason, my ritual before starting a workshop includes removing all tripping hazards.

Who inspired you in your profession? read more
Who inspired you in your profession?

Fritz B. Simon is and always has been an impressive person as one of the pioneers of systemic thinking and working in Germany. It is quite something to listen to his experience in consulting families and companies. He never fails to inspire me with his ability to translate the complex interrelations of systems theory into simple images.

What for you is the most important insight of systems theory? read more
What for you is the most important insight of systems theory?

That’s easy: ‘He who shoulders the blame has the power!’ It’s incredible how much dynamic this statement introduces into training, coaching and change processes.  I was able to use this core concept innumerable times to motivate people to approach situations and themselves differently and finally discover options for solutions.

What film made you really scared? read more
What film made you really scared?

‘Natural Born Killers’ stretched my nerves to the limit. The horrible thing about the film is that it is edited in such short sequences that you can’t look away fast enough or hide behind your hands when a scary scene comes. There’s also no warning in the form of music to build suspense. It’s a really fascinating film.

What job would you like to try out? read more
What job would you like to try out?

When I was making up my mind what I wanted to study, there was a second option on my short list: Archaeology and Classical Philology.

What did you want to become when you were a child? read more
What did you want to become when you were a child?

It was 1982 and Nicole won the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Ein bisschen Frieden’. I sat in front of the TV and decided I wanted to be a singer with long blond hair and a white guitar. I practiced every day in the garden together with a classmate.

What’s the most beautiful training venue you have been to? read more
What’s the most beautiful training venue you have been to?

One of the nicest I’ve been to in Germany is definitely the La Villa Conference Hotel on Lake Starnberg. It has a wonderful combination of good training facilities, beautiful grounds with access to the lake and excellent food. Internationally, I was impressed by the Grosvenor House in Dubai and the Hotel Steningevik near Stockholm. One of them is in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Dubai Marina with a fine view of the sea and the other is in the countryside with a little red house a lake and typical Swedish food.