Swiss Approach Group is an international management and business consulting firm based in Zurich.
Have you heard the old joke that a consultant is someone who takes your watch and tells you what time it is? That's not us. There's no strategy in knowing the time. Strategy is knowing what to do with your time.
By helping you plan and execute on your strategy, we want to become a trusted advisor to your organization so that it can succeed in the competitive world in which we live.
How we're different...
We are a new kind of consulting firm for a rapidly changing world. Ask us how we can help transform your business for long-term success.
will listen to and learn from you
succeed when you succeed
We take social responsibility seriously, and a portion of our profit is donated to worthy causes. Let's talk about how we can help your organization live up to its standards of excellence.
Jonathan Clay, MBA
I'm a problem solver with an eye for detail.
Having always been a systems thinker, and with degrees in cognitive science and mathematics, I’ve always been fascinated by complex problems that involve people and technology. My acumen in human factors combined with deep quantitative skills, and a passion for innovation, led me to a career in consulting and entrepreneurship, with a focus on digital strategy and implementation.
Languages: English, German
Christian Langenegger, MA
I’m a connector and systems thinker uncovering the soft factors.
When dealing with people, every problem and every solution has hard and soft factors. I excel at identifying what they are and presenting them clearly to facilitate an open discussion with all stakeholders to get everyone on the same page. From there we can find a solution that takes all of those elements into consideration.
Languages: English, German, Swiss-German
New person to be added soon...
We are currently seeking highly motivated, entrepreneurial, partner-level consultants.
If you have a connection to Switzerland and an impressive track record (education and/or professional experience), we would love to hear from you! Please contact us!
Benjamin Wall, MSc
I'm a seasoned strategist bringing management theory to life in practical settings.
With a background in management consulting, I have developed three primary competences. First, formulating strategies and business models in a process which incorporate numerous people, perspectives and tools. Second, defining appropriate visions, processes and systems to realize change and/or innovation. Third, bringing strategies, business models and innovations in a B2B environment to the customer, employing key account management.
I am a project manager, who works hand-in-hand with all-rounders and specialists.
Bridging the roles of an all-rounder and specialist, I offer strong skills in Organizational and Project Management with the capability of adopting different roles in fields like Change, Process, and Education Management, Business Analysis, and Online Marketing.
Languages: Swiss-German, German, English, Italian, French
I'm building bridges between technology and business.
With a background in product development and technical implementation, combined with experience in problem diagnosing and solving, I help clients translate their needs and those of the market into new features, refinements and products.
As Director of Startup Grind Zurich, I forge connections between local and global entrepreneurs, experts, executives and investors.
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, German (basic)
Our people are our competitive edge. They are the key to our ability to maintain strong, trust-based relationships with our clients.
We come from a variety of places and backgrounds. Our team consists of technologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, and adventurers. Some of us have studied at elite universities, and others are self taught. But we all share an intellectual curiosity that motivates us to keep pushing ourselves further.
All of our consultants have at least 10 years of industry experience, and have developed strong competencies in their respective fields. Together, we can solve complex business problems by combining our talents to craft custom-tailored, multi-faceted solutions. For cases where special skills are required outside our scope of expertise, we work through our extensive global network to find the right people for the job.
We all have one thing in common: we pride ourselves on doing things the right way, and committing ourselves 100% to the success of our clients.
We help companies undertake strategic initiatives to create positive change. We do this through an innovative and holistic approach that combines strategic advisory with hands-on work to implement systems, processes, policies and communications that support long-term objectives, with our core values leading the way.
Whatever your challenge – mergers and acquisitions, competitive threats, new technology, PR, internationalization, work culture, process inefficiencies – we can help you find the right strategic path forward. And we do more than just deliver a plan... we stick around and make sure it's implemented to the highest standards.
We'd like to hear your story, learn about your company and ambitions and help you get there.
Let's start a conversation.
Why should you engage us?
What we offer...
We help all types of organizations solve strategically significant problems. Our solutions typically include efforts along multiple dimensions, as shown above. Click or tap a shape for more information.
Information systems are an essential component of nearly every business today.
With our depth and breadth of experience in technology, we can help you with:
Big data / analytics
• Migration to cloud / hybrid computing
• Custom application development
• Systems integration
• Quality assurance
• R&D process
Even if you have the best people and the most powerful systems, they will be completely useless without the right business processes in place.
You can take advantage of our many years of experience with:
Process development and optimization
• Change management
• Project, product & program management
• Data-driven metrics & monitoring
• Industry-specific analysis of benchmarks and best practices
• Custom dashboard development
Your people are your greatest asset, and you should invest in them accordingly.
We can help with:
Tools and techniques for employee engagement
• Creation of intrapreneurial / innovation culture
• Programs for mentoring and career development
• Optimization of organization, leadership, and teams
• Integration of outsourced or distributed teams
• Knowledge retention and business continuity
• Conflict resolution
Today the modus operandi guiding communication seems to be “broadcast only”. Messaging lacks clarity and
people are not heard. Our team at Swiss Approach will create strategies and plans to bring clarity to
your communication and ensure that all stakeholders are heard and understood. We can help you with:
• Marketing communication
• Internal communication
• Social media strategy
• Presentation and sales training
Strategy is at the heart of everything we do. Regardless of the nature of the work we do for any given client, it is imperative that we work together to define the significance of the effort in view of the overall company strategy.
We offer the following services around strategy:
Development of mission / vision
• Formulation of high level plan to execute strategy
• Research of market and competition
• Financial analysis of alternative paths
• Business plans for startups and established firms
• M&A advisory and valuation
As a general solutions provider, we can work with virtually any organization to help with strategic initiatives.
For cases that require specific know-how, we partner with individuals and firms that we can quickly locate
through our global network. Our own consultants have strong, proven competencies in the following areas:
• Internet / e-commerce
• Startups, venture capital
• Education management
• Gastronomy / retail services
• Banking, finance, insurance
• Pharmaceuticals / life sciences
We consider every engagement to be a partnership with the client. Therefore, we tend to favor longer relationships
with tangible results over quick “gigs”. A typical case involves strategic advisory and at least two of the dimensions depicted here – systems, processes, people, and communications.
We will work with you to assemble a team of business and/or technical experts who will collaborate closely with your staff to
position your firm on the optimal strategic trajectory, with measurable results based on our methodology. Please note the following:
Each case is unique, but we typically request a minimum commitment of 2-3 consultants over 3-6 months.
We are happy to travel to wherever you are in the world for on-site collaboration, particularly during critical junctures. Depending on the situation,
we may do part or all of the work remotely from our offices.
We customarily bill on a time-and-material basis, by the day. However we are also open to arrangements that are based on performance targets.
We are also happy to provide highly qualified professionals for temporary leadership positions, in the event of fast growth or unexpected staff vacancies.
Service as a service
Business is complicated...
Sometimes you just need a helping hand, so that you have the sense of clarity and purpose that you need to focus on what matters... running your business.
How can we help your business reach new heights? Let us
hear from you.
Through our many years of navigating the business world, we have learned a few things. We have watched trends come and go. We've seen firsthand what can happen when disruptive forces are unleashed, or when systemic risks are ignored. We have experienced both success and failure, and we know that both can be fleeting. The most fundamental lesson we have learned is that for any major effort to succeed, there must be a clearly articulated strategy, backed by a sense of purpose and values. That's why we decided to create a new kind of consulting group, along with a unique methodology and accompanying toolset that gives us our edge: Consulting Done Right.
Would you like to learn more about how we work? We would gladly spend some time with you and make a custom proposal. Please
get in touch.
The right solution starts with the right questions...
1. What is the goal?
2. How should we do it?
3. Can we get it done on time?
4. What is the expected rate of return?
define what “done” means
net benefit to stakeholders
The Swiss Approach is a mindset, a methodology, and a set of tools that we have developed over many years of working with clients. Our approach evolves every day as we continue to learn and as the world changes around us. However, the following tenets remain at its core:
Never lose sight of why you are doing what you are doing.
Make sure you truly understand the problem before you start working on the solution.
Don't just make decisions based on hunches. Back them up with sound logic and data.
Respect the viewpoints of all stakeholders who will be affected by a decision.
Measure the impact of an effort, no matter how small, in the context of overall strategy, not in isolation.
We would be happy to describe our process in detail, and to explain how it can benefit your organization. Simply
contact us to arrange a visit.
Television Network (US)
Problem: Company faces new competitive threats, needs to modernize in order to remain an industry leader
Solution: Use sophisticated mathematical approach to optimize inventory as part of new sales and planning system
Client Quote: "clear, focused analysis… exceptional blend of business savvy and technical know-how… solid, dependable"
The Bottom Line: Data analysis and automation not only drive costs down, but improve the customer experience and make people's jobs more meaningful
Industrial Supplier (DE)
Problem: After acquisition of a smaller firm, business processes and systems need to be standardized and streamlined
Solution: Planning and implementation of strategic IT roadmap
Client Quote: "brought a unique perspective and innovative ideas to the table… can be trusted to provide the most professional, imaginative, and forward-thinking solution"
The Bottom Line: M&A is never easy, and expert guidance can help to align the new organization in ways that realize previously untapped potential
Fashion Startup (FR / CH)
Problem: Entrepreneur has gotten firm off the ground and wants to expand internationally, but is not sure of the best path forward
Client Quote: "unbiased, outside perspective is of great value… out-of-the-box thinking, can-do spirit and dynamic approach"
The Bottom Line: When you are busy running a startup, you sometimes see only trees and not the forest – a trusted advisor can give you the perspective you need to make the right strategic decisions
As a company and as individuals, we have solved many challenging business problems throughout our careers. Please click or tap on the thumbnails to view summaries of a few representative cases.
Naturally, discretion is a linchpin of the consultant-client relationship, so companies are only referred to in generic terms.
For more information about these success stories, such as the scope of the project, the personnel involved, and the tools and techniques used, feel free to contact us, and we would be happy to provide more details.