Olaf Hinz

believes that resistance is a powerful signal, change is the rule and sailing on sight is the appropriate response to the approaching VUCA weather. As a non-fiction author and speaker, the self-confessed Hanseatic citizen and former office manager of Peer Steinbrück is a sought-after source of inspiration at conferences and barcamps.

Leadership means steering a ship on the high seas. In fact, clear rules and responsibilities as well as a defined route are given. However, plans and projects get out of hand every now and then. Unforeseen and unplanned events jeopardize deadlines and the cargo. I would even go further: Unplanned issues are the rule!

I therefore support you as pilot in trainings and coaching for management, superiors, project managers or as organizational developer.

Born in 1968, I am living in Schleswig-Holstein together with my wife and three sons. After working as project manager and HR manager for the bank, LB Kiel, I worked as Head of the Minister’s Office under former Minister Peer Steinbrück. Since 2000, I am working as consultant. In 2004, I became self-employed. I also work as lecturer for „change & digital transformation“ at Hochschule Bremen and Technische Hochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt.


Articles & Interviews

As an experienced coach and management consulter, Olaf Hinz helps clients to meet new challenges by visibly enhancing their impact on the organisation for which they work.

Change management is a thing of the past. This is the thesis of Olaf Hinz, Hamburg-based consultant on organisational transition. In his way of thinking, disruption, radical transformation, and other major changes in a VUCA world – one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous – simply cannot be controlled.

Change Projekts work! What does not work is project theatre! It is time to stop pretending!

Project leadership does not need heroes!
Managing projects is a highly attractive task for a type of manager I call management heroes. These heroes enter the stage whenever it becomes difficult, special achievements are required and something very important has to happen. No wonder, then, that project work in particular attracts many management heroes.


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