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The Ongoing Work of the Three-Pillars-Community

The community behind Three Pillars is still very much alive and remains in close touch to continue learning from the journey and further advance the concept.


For instance, a number of the authors met for a workshop in October 2019 in beautiful Montalcino, Italy, to review the lessons learned during the development of Three Pillars since 2016.


Among the topics discussed were ideas and strategies for a follow-up book with examples and instruments for the application of the Three-Pillar-Model in organizations, as well as how to further refine the concept itself through individual experiences and feedback.


After the development of the Three-Pillar-Model (abbreviated: 3-P-Model) in the first two books, the increased multi-professional author team now explores more and broader application cases for the model in the current VUCA world, also including global crisis situations such as the coronavirus pandemic. The new books will cover all sorts of organizations: private and public sector, NGOs, local and global governmental institutions, global organizations such as the UN, as well as aspects of navigating and the challenges of transformation.

For a recap: 

  • The first pillar – Sustainable Purpose – gives the direction. It creates the identity, the enthusiasm and the pride to be a part of something valuable – a company or institution – that solves a relevant problem in the world. It turns out to be even more crucial in the crises and to take more than before societal contributions into account. 

  • The second pillar – Travelling Organization - is the key to pace with the VUCA world, especially in situations of global crisis' where travelling is no longer only an option. All types of organization have continuously to swing with the development of markets, technologies and society, political environment, sciences, exploring the land, instead of clinging to established structures. 

  • The third pillar – Connecting Resources – makes the difference to Caesar’s and Taylor’s “divide et impera”. The synapses make the difference rather than the cells: The connections across sectors and geographies, between market opportunities and social demands, political frameworks and scientific recommendations, business processes and experts’ skills, formal responsibilities and flexible role concepts. 


These pillars contradict many of our organizational patterns to date and need effective transformational approaches. The articles – with all their different views and approaches - underline and concretize the relevance and applicability of the three pillars and, additionally, provide with helpful success factors. How well the 3-P-Model functions is shown in three areas:

  • Design Concepts using 3P: The authors show helpful concepts that are closely interlinked with the 3-P-model. Some concepts are new, some other concepts are well-proven but unfold new meaning and impact in their interlinkage with the 3-P-model.

  • Management and Leadership: This part is about implementing 3P, i.e. how to prepare, facilitate and track the application in the organization, in programs or projects, with practical examples of its impact on leadership and management, collaboration and communication.

  • Application Cases: Here the authors focus on their practical experiences in applying the 3-P-model to their projects or in analyzing the outcomes by means of the three pillars. They have provided us with new lessons learned and a lot of diverse take-aways.


The results will be comprehensively summarized and evaluated in a conclusion.

The Authors who Contributed to Three Pillars (Books 1 and 2)

An international and interdisciplinary team of more than 40 authors - practitioners, academics and consultants - worked together to develop the Three Pillars model. In the two books, each author presents the concept in a unique context, showing how the Three Pillars are relevant and applicable in a wide variety of fields, industries and organizations. The authors come from 5 continents, from over 15 countries and from about 40 different organizations, of which more than 15 are large global players.





The contributing authors are:

Markus Beer has been supporting managers and their teams in complex change processes as an internal and external change manager for more than 20 years.

Philipp Bosselmann works as an experienced Senior Management Consultant and Managing Director of SPROUT Consulting.

Tim Burmeister is a learning transformation manager for GP Strategies, with a focus on EMEA, working with large, global corporate clients.

Alberto Casagrande is actively involved in the angel investment ecosystem both in California where he is member of a 150 members angel community since 2016, and in Italy. For the last 15 years he has managed The Core Inc, a boutique firm devoted to strategic, ICT, and economic advisory.

Bernadette Cass is an organizational change consultant and executive coach. Much of her work today is accompanying leaders in their thinking as they grow and develop the organization. Bernadette is a regular speaker and presenter at International Coaching Week and International Supervision Week. Numerous publications and case studies.

James Chamberlain is the acting as Director of the Language Centre at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He has studied, taught and worked in the US, UK, Israel, France and Germany.

Bob Dignen works as a director of York Associates, an organization that supports clients with leadership training, C-suite and executive coaching, international teambuilding, and consultancy on learning design to achieve better international results.

Giancarla Domini is an oenologist, now responsible for the wine production at La Mondianese.

Dieter Fellner is a qualified engineer for fundamental and theory in electrotechnics and biomedical engineering and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the area of the healthcare market.

John Gray worked in Canada for Mozilla and Munich Reinsurance Company and joined recently Munich Re’s Digital Finance unit in Munich.

Dieter Haselbach taught sociology in universities in Canada, England, Austria and Germany, worked as Managing Partner of ICG Culturplan, then Managing Partner of ICG Integrated Consulting Group Germany, now Business Partner in this company. Director of the Centre for Cultural Research in Berlin.

Volker Hische has been working as consultant, trainer and manager/managing director for more than 25 years in a global American technology company in several functions. He is an Associate Professor for the Human Capital Management MBA at Lake Constance Business School, and a Certified International Project Manager & Certified International Project Management Trainer, IPMA.

Nicole Hoenig de Locarnini is an executive consulting professional with one of the leading strategy firms focusing on organizations for the future and enabling lasting change.

Paul Hombach is a musician, Improv actor and science communicator living near Bonn.

Isabell Huschka worked in different HR-management functions in Foods and Automotive Industry after apprenticeship and academic studies (business administration). Now she is providing clients an outside perspective as a consultant.

Janina Kempf is a young professional who explores the intersection of international cooperation and digital development at GIZ (German development agency).

Michael U. Kempf is a self-employed experienced Senior Consultant, business partner of ICG and associated with further development and project partners.

Sebastian Kespohl is a managing director of a regulated financial institute in Bertelsman Group, providing payment services to ecommerce merchants, for small and medium businesses up to the big global players.

Daniel Kunstleben has been the managing director of FABIDO since 2017.

Frank Kühn is a self-employed experienced Senior Management Consultant, business partner of ICG and associated with further development and project partners.

Christal Lalla is a certified international sommelier with world-wide experiences.

Sharon Lalla has worked in industry and higher education for over thirty years, mostly at universities and colleges. In industry, she learned the importance of leadership, deadlines, project management, effective communication, and team building. Now she acts as CEO of PS2.

Susanne Marell is CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Germany.

Lilian Matischok supports as a freelancing consultant companies in holistic transformation of business strategy, product architecture and organization. She has been working in different roles for over 20 years at Robert Bosch GmbH in the Automotive and in the Industrial Technology business area.

Alfred Mevissen has been working as an European project manager at Novartis Pharma GmbH.  Since January 2019 he is the initiator of the European social political art project “Art moves Europe”.

Mersida Ndrevataj is an architect and urban planner, currently working on a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy at IUAV University of Venice. 

Reto Püringer is a Senior Program Manager at Zurich Insurance Company.

Benjamin Rausch is head of Digital Finance at Munich Re.

Ehssan Sakhaee is a passionate educator, engineer, philosopher and cartoonist, currently a lecturer and the Director of the UG Leadership Program at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Fernando Sanabria is a Computer Engineer and Program Director with broad experience in managing complex global projects. He specializes in startup, development and implementation of international programs. Currently is working as Global IT Transformation Director at IWG.

Jürgen Scherer worked in Executive positions for global corporations in Germany and the US, namely FMCG company Henkel, Specialty Chemicals company Cognis and Industrial Packaging company Mauser. Since 2019 he is a Business Consultant & Coach with

Hannspeter Schmidt is a Psychologist PhD and Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist. He has worked as assistant professor, trainer and supervisor for psychotherapists and psychoanalysts and additionally as psychological counsel in Cologne as well and as an independent management consultant.

Marie Theres Schmidt is a Director Level in the MedTech company Edwards.

Lisa Schulze is an educational expert in a number of day-care facilities of FABIDO (Family-complementary educational institutions for children in Dortmund), now working for personnel development at FABIDO.

Jan Sølvberg is a senior consultant and partner with Innotiimi-ICG (Integrated Consulting Group) and President of the Norwegian chapter of International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Thomas Thirolf is Head of Group Controlling at Munich Re.

Stefan Turnwald has been an experienced Functional Excellence and Learning & Development expert for more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry.

Jutta Wenzl is Head of Global HR at KraussMaffei Group.

Georg Wiesinger develops and realizes innovative products for interior design. After performing leading roles in re-search and industry, he founded his own company BPE GmbH.

Peter Wollmann works as a senior mentor, sparring partner, and catalyst for leaders in new roles and responsibilities and for organizations.

Julia Zirn is an experienced consultant and coach with cidpartners, a renowned organizational consultancy for the facilitation and implementation of strategy and change processes located in Bonn and Berlin.

The Authors who Contributed to Book 3
"Navigating a Travelling Organization:
Insights, Ideas and Impulses from the 3-P-Model"

(Editors: Michael Kempf, Frank Kühn)

The contributing authors are:

Tommi Gustafsson is a consultant in the ICG-Innotiimi Group. With an engineering background and 30 years of international consulting experience, he offers his clients a wide array of concepts and methodologies and a process which is often unique and experiential, aimed at high impact.

Dieter Haselbach taught sociology in universities in Canada, England, Austria and Germany, worked as Managing Partner of ICG Culturplan, then Managing Partner of ICG Integrated Consulting Group Germany, now Business Partner. Director of the Centre for Cultural Research in Berlin.

Toni-Anne Jennings has a 30 year career across Blue Chip Pharmaceutical companies, in charge of Sales, Marketing and Market Access. Currently she is Vice President in a training and coaching organization, developing customer facing teams and increasing skills in execution of strategic plans.

Michael U. Kempf is an experienced Senior Consultant, associated with further development and transformation partners in consulting. Three main professional areas – transformation & change, Leadership-Team development and Executive Coaching – are based on leading roles in HR and Logistics for many years and very broad studies.

Frank Kühn is an independent management consultant with many years of experience in organization development and transformation projects. Widely networked, business partner of ICG. Before, coming from a background in labor science, Frank worked in leading positions in research and industry.

Sebastian Luge is a consultant in organizational transformation and change projects, providing organizations with the capabilities to perform in volatile and uncertain environments. He worked with clients in a wide range of industries as well as in NGOs and the public sector.

Werner Przybilla has developed his 20+ years of leadership experience in the global chemical industry. Today, he is an independent consultant in the field of operational excellence, change management and digitalization. Associated with further project partners, institutes, and platforms.

Mohanakrishnan Raman is a Dr and Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 25 years of experience in research, teaching, corporate and consulting. He has practiced Organization Development, Leadership Development, Family Business Consulting for over 15 years. 


Melusine Reimers has been working at the Start-up Center of the Ruhr-University Bochum since 2019 as start-up consultant and project manager. She founded a non-profit organization for highly qualified refugees, a sharing platform for sustainable furniture usage and worked freelance for various startups with social and sustainable business models.

Jürgen Scherer worked in Executive positions for global corporations in Germany and the US, namely FMCG company Henkel, Specialty Chemicals company Cognis and Industrial Packaging company Mauser. Since 2019 he is a Business Consultant & Coach with and is lecturing at various Business Schools in Europe and in the US.


Juliane Schlaud-Wolf is a theologian and organizational developer. Since 2019 she has been leading the department of Church Development and Innovation in the Diocese of Limburg as part of a dual leadership team. She worked as a freelance writer for a radio station, as a teacher and in teacher training.


Jan Sølvberg started out in the IT industry and made a transition to Management consulting with ICG - Integrated Consulting Group. Today he is an independent consultant and Executive Coach, working with a number of international organizations. He is the President of the Norwegian chapter of ICF - International Coaching Federation.


Detlev Trapp has been working as a transformation coach and facilitator for 20 years. Before, he worked in a leading communications agency and as head of agency for a large European New Media Network. Founder of cidpartners and co-founder of the GTD® training company Next Action. Lecturer for different universities.

Stefan Turnwald is an experienced Functional Excellence and Learning & Development expert for more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has managed and contributed to several change and business transformation projects at local, regional and global levels in established companies as well as in start-up organizations.

Kurt Völkl was CEO in insurance institutions in Austria and in charge for controlling management at their Main Association. Today, Kurt is a professor at the University of Graz, at the Institute for Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He has published his research and development work in several books.


Heinz Peter Wallner has been focusing on sustainable development and complex change processes. Research work at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and in several EU projects. As an independent consultant, he contributes his expertise to leadership training, organizational consulting and teaching at universities and technical colleges. Numerous articles and books.


Markus Winnen built up the international sales of market leading manufacturing companies in Western Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific. After that, he has joined the market leader for painting tools as Managing Director responsible for Sales and Marketing, and in charge for various change and management processes in the Group.

Dominique Wirl is a senior consultant in organizational transformation, change and development, with roots back in tourism and PR where she held leadership roles. Her work spans among other companies and organizations within the IT sector, energy sector, tax and law firms, manufacturing producing industries and NGOs.

Julia Zirn is managing partner at cidpartners, a consultancy for the facilitation and implementation of strategy and change processes located in Bonn and Berlin. Julia has been advising companies, teams and executives from a wide range of industries, whereby "integrating perspectives" is always at the heart of her client projects.

The Authors who Contributed to Book 4
"Transforming Public and Private Sector Organizations: Implementing Sustainable Purpose, Travelling Organization and Connectivity for Resilience"

(Editors: Peter Wollmann, Reto Püringer)

The contributing authors are:

Dr. Alberto Casagrande has been an active angel investor in California and in Italy since 2013. He has been a full-stack developer since 2015. Over the past 20 years Alberto has been senior advisor to large and small ventures on technology and management issues. Alberto was previously with McKinsey and with Central Bank of Italy. He holds a PhD in Economics at New York University.

Annabelle Keller (artist’s name: Annabelle Bardot) is an actor, coach and model. She holds a play-acting degree from the TAK in Cologne and has extensive experience on stages and at movie sets. Her play-acting coaching focusses on personality development and selected demanding situations. Annabelle who was Miss World Germany 2018 and 1st Runner Up Miss Universe Germany 2019, also works as a successful global model. Prior to this she worked as the strategic assistant to the Managing Director of a global company in the steel industry.
(Copyright of photograph: Anabelle Keller and Tom Lanzrath, Bonn)
Ashkan Tashvir is an entrepreneur, investor, philosopher and technologist who brings a uniquely structured and holistic approach to the study of human consciousness, leadership, transformation and Being. As founder and CEO of Engenesis, he heads a visionary organization and a platform supporting a community dedicated to leveraging their potential to tap into the power that lies within.

Babette Drewniok has been working in the area of controlling and organizational development for over 30 years. She studied business administration at the University of Mannheim in Germany as well as spending a year at Rice University in Houston as a Fulbright scholar. She started her professional career as a controller for Fresenius AG in Bad Homburg. Today she works as a self-employed trainer and consultant.

Beatriz v. d. Esch is a PhD student in the field of Computational Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. In the past years, she has worked on various scientific questions and had the great opportunity to support several students in their first research projects. During this turbulent time, she has learned a lot about motivation, leadership, and dealing with the unexpected. 
(Copyright of photograph: “Fotostudio Belichtungswert”, Munich)

Christal Lalla is a certified sommelier, working in Italy, Germany, China, France and USA since 2010, frequently as an international judge at tastings. She has established fast-developing, innovative businesses around wine, wine services and wine education under the name VinAuthority Sommelier Services and The Wandering Sommelier as well as providing out-of-the-box leadership training. Christal is also author of several manuscripts describing the connections between leadership and vinification, wine, spirits, and food pairings.

Christina Bösenberg, Partner EY Transformation Architecture, has more than twenty years of experience in business transformation, advising large DAX companies at C-suite and board level around people and transformation. She applies insights from neuroscience, classical business development and psychology. Christina Bösenberg is known beyond German borders as a thought leader for the working world of the future - with AI and people in the digitalized world.    

Dr. Ehssan Sakhaee is a passionate writer, educator, engineer, philosopher, cartoonist, and leadership lecturer. He is an honorary lecturer and former Director of the UG Leadership Program at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney and Founder of Inspirational Management Australia and Wacky Wisdom, an edutainment company. He received his Bachelors and Ph.D. in Engineering and an Executive Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching in Sydney. Ehssan has published several illustrated books.

Fernando Sanabria is a Global IT Executive, Computer Engineer and Program Director with broad experience in managing complex global organizations and programs. He has held senior management positions in the global consultancy, insurance industries and flexible workspace services, working with IBM, Zurich Insurance Company and IWG plc, with a special focus on delivery, especially in scenarios with high organizational complexity.

Dr. Hannspeter Schmidt – Hannspeter studied communications, ethnology, religious science and psychology in Cologne, Marburg and Bonn. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is qualifyed as a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. He worked at diverse universities as lecturer and assistant professor, trainer and supervisor for psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. He was head of the psychological council in Cologne and also worked as an independent management consultant.

Lukas Stricker is a lecturer at the Institute for Risk & Insurance at the ZHAW. His research focuses on transformation management and the impact of new technologies and business models on the operations of insurance companies. Prior to joining ZHAW, Lukas ran the international programs operations for Zurich Insurance globally. Current engagements include board membership in a consultancy boutique specialized on digitalization in the insurance industry as well as advisory board membership in an EdTech start-up. Lukas holds a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich.

Maren Giebing, Manager EY Business Transformation, has been supporting companies in digitization and transformation for more than seven years. Her focus is on the development of digital strategy, new business models as well as products and services using new agile working methods. She applies her methodological expertise to a wide range of problems, ranging from the optimization of existing customer journeys to the innovative implementation of new regulatory requirements.  

Mersida Ndrevataj (artist’s name: Olga Libeskind)  is an architect and urban planner, currently working on a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy at IUAV University of Venice.  Her professional objective is to help better shape the built environment through a multidisciplinary research-based and human-centered design process. To this end, her academic research is grounded in the field of Environmental Psychology.

Myria Antony is a senior Development Manager for EMpower, a global philanthropic foundation and focuses on managing and creating strategic partnerships. She has previously worked at Deloitte with some of the largest privately-owned businesses globally and a boutique strategy consulting analytics firm in the UK. Born in India, Myria was educated in the UK, US, Singapore, India and New Zealand. She holds a BSc in Economics & Finance from the University of Bristol and a Masters (MSc) in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also completed an MBA exchange at  S.C. Johnson Graduate  School of Management, Cornell University.

Nathan Williams is a Canadian blockchain entrepreneur, based in Berlin, Germany. He is the Founder & CEO of Minespider, a public blockchain platform for supply chain traceability and digital product passports headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. Nathan has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, Huffington Post, and Wired Germany. He is a contri-buting expert on blockchain and traceability related matters with the WEF and the UNECE. He holds a B.Sc. in computer science from McGill University, and a MBA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Peter Wollmann has been a responsible manager, initiator, mentor and facilitator in large, predominantly global transformations and strategic developments for almost 40 years in large organizations and since 2017 as independent consultant. Peter holds a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Bonn. He is the author and publisher of several books and articles on strategy, leadership, and project and project portfolio management. 

Dr. Rainer Sommer, born in 1972 in Germany holds a PhD of Applied Mathematics (University Erlangen/Germany). After founding an IT company, he joined The Boston Consulting Group with a focus on insurance. Later he was COO of Zurich Middle East, CITO Zurich Germany and now is COO of Generali in Germany since 2015.

Reto Püringer has worked for more than 20 years in the banking and insurance industry in various senior positions in global companies. His practical experience covers Strategy, Business Model Design, Management of Product/Proposition Development, Enterprise-wide Portfolios and single Programs/Projects, Operations & IT, Large Scale Change Program Delivery. Reto holds a degree in Business Informatics and Marketing and completed an Executive MBA at the University of Zurich.

Roland Voggenauer holds a degree in mathematics from LMU Munich and is a fully qualified actuary with the German and the Swiss actuarial associations. He has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, focusing on all actuarial fields of play, namely pricing, reserving, and managing the risks of insurance business. Next to this he is also involved in numerous "start-up" activities that look to transform and digitize the traditional insurance models. He is located in Zurich,  Switzerland.


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