About

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Hello, I’m Nicole Schaller, the academy founder. I help European business leaders to tackle the big and daily management and leadership challenges that come with starting and scaling a company from scratch, or leading change and reinventing an established organization.

I believe that how we relate to the work that we do is one of the most important relationships in our life. When I work, I want to practice my craft, take on challenges and be creative, do something meaningful and have an impact, I want to feel whole and myself; and I presume you feel similar about work. This is the main driver for me to build this management and leadership academy.

I explore and share new ways of how we work, collaborate, manage businesses and lead people in response to big organizational challenges that we’re facing today. Discover the coaching, circles, courses and classes for startup leaders and for change leaders, as well as the blog.

Nicole assisting Ellie in developing the educational and business concept for her EdTech startup Apprends un truc at the Startup Weekend Education Lyon. Read the case study.

The academy

Founded in 2010 as an organization consulting based on my fresh master’s degree in management, leadership and organizational behavior/psychology, Nicole Schaller is now an online academy with courses, coaching, and a learning community.

I’ve started working with startups a couple of years ago, helping them to start lean, develop their business model and become entrepreneurs. For high-growth businesses, I am exploring approaches to scaling people while maintaining excellence. In SME management, I am increasingly focused on how to reinvent the management and leadership system to unleash human potential like creativity and engagement.

Fundamentally, it’s always about management innovation – how can we business leaders reinvent the way we manage our business and lead our people to create a distinct solution instead of adopting “best practices” by working backwards from the team and company we’re trying to build and the specific goals we’re trying to achieve such as starting lean, scaling excellence, managing talent at scale, innovation by everyone, highly engage people, or leaders everywhere.

Nicole helping Nicolas to develop and test his startup idea for My Food Story at the Startup Weekend in Aix-Marseille. Read the case study.

Nicole’s background

An industrial business administrator by training, I worked in European B2B industry and services for 15 years. In this capacity, I assisted senior management and ran corporate offices, conducted cross-functional commercial processes, and collaborated on controlling, organizational and consulting projects.

I’ve lived in Italy and France, and speak English, German, French and Italian – so, while the courses are in English, we can talk in your language in the coaching calls if you prefer. 

Nicole supporting Alex and Daniel in elaborating their business model for IT-SEAL at the Startup Weekend Darmstadt. Read the case study.

What people are saying

“With Nicole Schaller we have worked successfully during the startup weekend in Darmstadt. Her experience and structured input were very helpful and have allowed us to develop our business model further.”

Alex Wyllie, founder + CEO of IT-Seal

“Mrs. Schaller worked successfully on ‘learning organization’ and ‘organizational citizenship behavior’ while studying at the FernUniversität. She convinced with sophisticated elaboration and competent reflection in excellent papers and presentations. For her current engagement, I wish her every success!”

Wendelin Küpers, professor for organization and leadership