Denkwerkstatt für Manager

Geschwill & Nieswandt

Clever minds with implementation strength

Management consulting needs bright minds with implementation strength. The focus of our experts has its basis in psychological sciences, management practice and excellent communication. Measuring success has always been the passion of empirical psychology.

After founding the company in 1996, Martina Nieswandt and Roland Geschwill realigned it as Denkwerkstatt für Manager in 2011. Our colleagues are all professionally experienced and also have management experience outside of consulting themselves.

Our customers appreciate the fact that we are very strong in implementation and also somewhat content-heavy.

That's right! For us it's "Content is king, form and colorful slides are second!"

Dr. Roland Geschwill

Psychologist, PhD Management Co-founder and Managing Director of Denkwerkstatt for Managers.
Roland Geschwill is qualified twice: as a psychologist and economist. He is also a lecturer at the 1. MBA... more

Roland Geschwill is multiple qualified:
As a psychologist and economist. He is also a lecturer at 1. MBA HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT in Heidelberg.
Various specialist books by Roland Geschwill and Martina Nieswandt have been published by Springer-Verlag. With EDTech (online learning in organizations) (2019) and Laterales Management (2020) in German and English, two of the important topics of our economic times are processed.

One Denkwerkstatt-partner likes to call him "Mr. Brain" because of his extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in management development.

Dr. Martina Nieswandt

Business Economist, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and MBA Financial Management Hagen/Cardiff, 2006 Co-founder and Managing Director of Denkwerkstatt for Managers
She is a lecturer at the Master of Arts Project Management program and also at the 1. MBA HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT in Heidelberg. As part of her doctoral studies at the... more

She is an instructor for the master's program in project management Master of Arts Project Management in Heidelberg.

As part of her doctorate at the University of Surrey/GB, she researched the influence and role(s) of middle management on cultural change processes in organizations and thus presented one of the first research papers with this focus. It significantly shortened the duration of cultural change within a mid-sized company without compromising sustainability. With her four years of research she created the basis for the unique approach to cultural change in organizations by Denkwerkstatt. Tina Nieswandt is quick-witted and holds 1st Dan in Ju-Jutsu.

In addition to the publications EDTech (online learning in organizations) (2019) and Laterales Management (2020) with Springer Verlag, Fast Cultural Change (2015) by Martina Nieswandt has been published by Palgrave McMillan.

Barbara Limbeck

Graduate in Business Administration (BA)
Barbara Limbeck has worked as a consultant and "implementer" for Denkwerkstatt für Manager for many years and has... more

Barbara Limbeck has been working for many years as a consultant and "implementer" for Denkwerkstatt für Manager and has contributed significantly to the creation of Denkwerkstatt. She is the "tackler" in the team and loves to "just do it".

After years as a senior consultant in well-known advertising agencies, as a key account manager in large companies and as an independent consultant in the field of start-up culture, communication, e-commerce and customer service management, she has a wide range of experience.

She gained her expertise in the field of "Female Entrepreneurship" as the long-time head of the gig7 Competence Center FeMale Business, a start-up center of Mannheim.
Her resume is colorful and always marked by curiosity and challenges. She regards this as her life elixir.

Main areas of work:

  • Implementation of start-up cultures in companies
  • Culture development in companies
    internal and external communication within the culture change process
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Executive coaching 

Claudio Thunsdorff

Business Psychologist M. Sc., Police Psychologist Councilor
Claudio Thunsdorff works as a consultant in Denkwerkstatt für Manager. His focus is on stress and emotion management,... more

Claudio Thunsdorff works as a consultant in the Denkwerkstatt für Manager. His focus is on stress and emotion management, analysis of corporate culture and occupational health management. Among other things, he conducts psychological risk analyses for companies and administrations and advises on health and social issues. In addition, he works at the University of Police Rhineland-Palatinate as a police psychologist in research, teaching and in the field.
Not for nothing is he considered the calming influence in the team.

Main areas of work:

  • Occupational health management (mental risk analysis, activity analysis, etc.)
  • Stress and emotion management
  • Conflict moderation and negotiation
  • Employee and customer surveys
  • Coaching and leadership training
  • Development and implementation of competence models

Lisa Treiber

M.Sc. Cognitive and Clinical Psychology, M.Sc. Neuroscience, Cognitive and Behavioral Biology.
Lisa Treiber is a statistics expert at Denkwerkstatt für Manager. Clear, focused, fast - That's how... more

Lisa Treiber is a statistics expert at the Denkwerkstatt für Manager.
Clear, focused, fast - That's the best way to describe Lisa's way of working.

Her focus is on the planning and implementation of employee surveys and interviews as well as their content-related and statistical evaluation. She acquired the necessary knowledge in particular during her many years of work at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, which she carried out while studying for her master's degree at the University of Mannheim.

Main areas of work:

  • Planning, implementation and evaluation of employee and customer surveys
  • Development and implementation of competence models
  • Occupational health management (mental risk analysis, activity analysis, etc.)

Alexandra Philipona

Coach PCC, ICF, Dipl. Ing. (FH) Printing Technology
Alexandra Philipona leads Denkwerkstatt für Manager Switzerland and is the specialist in online coaching and multilingual!Experience... more

Alexandra Philipona leads the Denkwerkstatt für Manager Switzerland and is the specialist in online coaching and multilingual!
She gained many years of experience as managing partner at the head of a printing group in Karlsruhe and as a member of the management team at the largest bookbindery in Switzerland.

She has a coaching education according to ICF Standards ACTP and is ICF Chapter Leader in Bern. In recent years she has specialized in online coaching and training. She coaches in German, English and French.

Main areas of work:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Leadership training
  • Online coaching and training
  • Workshop moderation

Bernhard Karr

Graduate Psychologist
In his "first" professional life, Bernhard Karr was a trainer, personnel and organizational developer in a... more

In his "first" professional life, Bernhard Karr worked as a trainer, personnel and organizational developer in a company in the financial services sector. His tasks ranged from the design and implementation of internal assessment centers and management development programs to team development measures and quantitative and qualitative employee surveys.

In his "second" professional life, he took on responsibility for a large territory with a large number of teams as an independent sales director.

With its commitment to the Denkwerkstatt für Manager the circle closes for him. He uses his many years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, as well as a broad spectrum of interventions at his disposal, many times for the benefit of our clients.

He is also committed to jazz and is a board member of the FRIENDS of Enjoy Jazz, one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe. Bernhard's credo: Companies need more jazz.

Main areas of work:

  • Executive coaching
  • Conflict moderation, team development
  • Conception of lateral management in sales organizations
  • Management Strategy Development

Jürgen Fritz

Graduate Psychologist
Jürgen Fritz has many years of experience as an executive and was most recently a member of the management team at... more

Jürgen Fritz has many years of experience as a manager and most recently served on the management board of the German headquarters and on the European Marketing Leadership Board of an international software provider. Questions of corporate management, cultural change in companies, intercultural cooperation, leadership and future-oriented management concepts have determined his daily work. Today, he brings this experience into his consulting work for Denkwerkstatt clients.

He is also active as a co-partner and co-managing director of Enjoy Jazz, a non-profit company that organizes one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe.

Main areas of work:

  • Executive coaching and leadership training
  • Management Strategy Development
  • Marketing / Sales Development, conception and organization
  • Process development and process optimization

Dr. Andreas Pfeiffer

Graduate psychologist
With a focus on work, industrial, and organizational psychology, media education and communication psychology, as well as statistics and methodology, the... more

He teaches at the University of Koblenz-Landau, specializing in industrial and organizational psychology, media education and communication psychology, as well as statistics and methodology. 

In his doctorate, he dealt with the conditions and consequences of service quality. Excellent service contributes directly to brand loyalty and increased sales. For good reason, this topic is becoming increasingly important for companies. Andreas Pfeiffer's doctoral thesis aims at the development of a tech-based adaptive test for the acquisition of complex constructs. With this method, the survey time is shortened. This has positive effects on both measurement quality and response rates and is thus also of great importance for empirical surveys in organizations.

Main areas of work:

  • web-based adaptive expert systems
  • Diagnostics and test construction
  • Data Management
  • Organizational diagnosis and development
  • applied empirical-psychological research
  • Employee and customer surveys
  • Coaching and leadership training
"Manage Managers, Develop Leaders."
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We

Think, think ahead, rethink - act: The Denkwerkstatt brings thinking into action, ideas into implementation, potential to unfold

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Consulting approach

In partnership. Controversial. Sustainable. Measurable. 

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