For several years Wolfgang Kötter and Semira Soraya-Kandan have successfully led various in-house leadership programs for clients of the Hernstein Institute for Management and Leadership in Vienna. Their shared areas of interest and competency led to a more intense cooperation: since 2010 Wolfgang consults our customers on strategy development, change management and international project management. His leadership expertise focuses on leadership change towards increasing innovation, team orientation, feedback and error culture as well as dialogic employee communication on performance and career development.
His core competencies are the blending of process consultation and specialized consulting in the area of change management, project management as well as participatory process design and optimization. In the context of digital transformations, he is a sought-after expert on mediating technology and human orientation at the workplace through participatory processes. Wolfgang also works as a trainer in the aforementioned areas and coaches senior executives and top managers.
After his training as a precision mechanic Wolfgang became passionate about “Humanization of Work” approaches in the 70s. He studied production engineering, work science as well as work and organizational psychology at the TU Berlin and attained a diploma in both engineering and psychology. With this dual qualification and several colleagues, he founded the consulting firm GITTA: Society for interdisciplinary technology research, consulting & work design. After serving as managing director from 1989 to 2013, he is now a senior consultant and partner. His mission is to create a participatory, process and customer oriented organizational culture and to balance “hard facts” and “soft factors” with the respective psychologically and functionally sound leadership roles.
Wolfgang is author of a number of books on change management as well as a lecturer at several universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He also works as coach, supervisor and trainer at the Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Pedagogy in Berlin.