holger nauheimer

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In the 1980ies, camel nomads at the Horn of Africa taught me the essen­tial lessons that I need­ed in order to grow into my pro­fes­sion­al life. They are the artists of uncer­tain­ty, liv­ing and man­ag­ing in a high­ly frag­ile and ever chang­ing envi­ron­ment.

In 1994, some­body asked me whether I want to facil­i­tate a plan­ning work­shop in South­ern Kaza­khstan. I said yes. And this YES changed the direc­tion of my life. Je ne regrette rien.

My ear­ly teach­ers Robert Dilts and Stephen Gilli­gan lat­er helped me under­stand how to acquire new skills for deal­ing with peo­ple, teams and orga­ni­za­tions, which my vet­eri­nary school had for­got­ton to include in their cur­ricu­lum. Beyond that, Stephen taught me the courage to love.

It was crazy ideas which marked new turns of my life. In 1997, I thought it would be cool to have my own web­site. So, instead of a sim­ple web­site I wrote the Change Man­age­ment Tool­book which sub­se­quent­ly brought me in con­tact with thou­sands of great souls. In 2004, the next idea was to cre­ate an inter­na­tion­al net­work of change facil­i­ta­tors. 2009 was a year full of ideas: my friend Vesa and I were think­ing of writ­ing a book togeth­er and we end­ed up draw­ing The Change Jour­ney Map. Lat­er that year, I orga­nized a large vir­tu­al uncon­fer­ence which helped me under­stand­ing the prin­ci­ples of vir­tu­al col­lab­o­ra­tion, and towards the end of 2009, I thought it would be cool to host an inter­na­tion­al change man­age­ment con­fer­ence in Berlin. That has grown and it is now known as the Berlin Change Days.

In between liv­ing my dreams and dream­ing my life, I learned a lot from work­ing with my clients. There are the ones who I owe a lot – they helped me to become who I am. Thanks for hir­ing me, clients!

I love my wife and my daugh­ter, and I enjoy (in order of pref­er­ence): cook­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, road­cy­cling, and good Jazz music.

Read more about my approach to change facil­i­ta­tion in an inter­view that I gave a few years ago.


Core skills

Lead­er­ship. Hol­ger Nauheimer is pas­sion­ate about bring­ing change to the world by help­ing lead­ers to dis­cov­er their poten­tial, and expand­ing their bound­aries. He has trained around 2000 lead­ers of prof­it and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions around the world.

Change Man­age­ment and Orga­ni­za­tion­al Devel­op­ment. Hol­ger Nauheimer is help­ing orga­ni­za­tions to opti­mize their resources, to improve their per­for­mance, to ana­lyze their weak­ness­es and to make col­lab­o­ra­tion hap­pen. He is doing that through his process ori­ent­ed facil­i­ta­tion, coach­ing and train­ing approach.

Train­ing and Facil­i­ta­tion: Since 1995, Hol­ger Nauheimer has been an inspi­ra­tional train­er and facil­i­ta­tor in var­i­ous fields, includ­ing train-the-train­ers, change man­age­ment, lead­er­ship, vir­tu­al col­lab­o­ra­tion, project man­age­ment, and oth­er top­ics. He designs and man­ages large train­ing pro­grammes. In the last years, he has deliv­ered 100 lead­er­ship train­ing cours­es for pri­vate and pub­lic clients includ­ing BP; Vat­ten­fall and Europol

Project Man­age­ment; Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion. Hol­ger Nauheimer has been work­ing as a project man­ag­er and project man­age­ment advi­sor for more than 20 years. He has mon­i­tored and eval­u­at­ed more than 50 projects in dif­fer­ent fields and on dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents. For the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion he was team and mis­sion leader of the Asian Mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, ana­lyz­ing project results in many Asian coun­tries includ­ing Indone­sia, Chi­na, Viet­nam, Philip­pines, India, Pak­istan, Bangladesh and Sri Lan­ka

Vir­tu­al Col­lab­o­ra­tion and Knowl­edge Man­age­ment. As a mem­ber of Rad­i­cal Inclu­sion, a glob­al net­work which is re-defin­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion, Hol­ger Nauheimer is work­ing at the lead­ing edge of help­ing dis­sem­i­nat­ed teams work effec­tive­ly. Hol­ger mas­ters both sides – the change man­age­ment and the tool relat­ed side of knowl­edge man­age­ment and vir­tu­al col­lab­o­ra­tion. In 2012, he has con­sult­ed the ASK pro­gramme of the Inter­na­tion­al Sec­re­tari­at of Trans­paren­cy Inter­na­tion­al on issues of Knowl­edge Man­age­ment.

Devel­op­ment Pol­i­cy. Beside his involve­ment in change man­age­ment process­es in glob­al pri­vate sec­tor enter­pris­es, Hol­ger Nauheimer is col­lab­o­ra­tor and observ­er of the devel­op­ment assis­tance sec­tor, with a spe­cif­ic focus on the UN sys­tem and the Ger­man devel­op­ment col­lab­o­ra­tion. He has reg­u­lar­ly worked for many agen­cies such as InWEnt, Friedrich-Nau­mann Foun­da­tion, GTZ, UNDP, FAO and oth­ers.