HIRT&FRIENDS is a global management consultancy (*2001) that helps its clients to achieve profitable growth through dramatic and measurable improvements in individual and organizational effectiveness and results, by taking an integrated perspective of the three critical elements of High-Performance Organizations: Strategy, Organization and People.


From this integrated perspective, H&F derives its main consulting fields:


  • Strategy: Strategy Consulting, Corporate Finance, M&A and Family-Owned Enterprises. 

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  • Organization: Organizational Development, Change Management, Transformation

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  • People: Human Resource Performance, Executive Performance through Executive Training und Executive Coaching.

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"I am delighted about our highly productive cooperation over the last eight years and would like to thank you for your pragmatic, fast, results-oriented and highly effective consulting in that period.  You have demonstrated extremely high versatility and flexibility, by quickly understanding and helping to tackle new challenges and topics in the fields of strategy development and implementation, team building, conflict management and resolution, executive coaching and executive training, thereby helping us to resolve them quickly and effectively and creating extremely high value for our organization. Across all projects you have demonstrated high intellectual and ethical integrity, a good sense of humor and a clear business and practice orientation, which made your one of the best consultants I have worked with in my entire career. I Look forward to our continued cooperation!"


Dir. Wolfgang Hanzl | Head of Division Operations | BAWAG P.S.K. Group | a leading and financially very successful retail bank in Austria, majority-owned by the US-american investment fund Cerberus Capital Management


"Your English and German Keynote Speeches were the highlights of our Global Shop Marketing Meetings and an inspiration for our top management, as well as our managers and participating employees. We truly enjoyed the clear and humorous way you presented the topic. With your pragmatism and focus on implementation, you have infected our managers and employees and motivated them to take action."


Mag. Eva Brummeir | Global Shop Marketing Manager | FREY WILLE | a leading global luxury retailer

"I consulted Michael to help me in developing dissemination strategies for a new technology that was being developed over a couple of years and was then ready to be rolled-out globally at Harman Automotive Division. However, due to the new, revolutionary approach of that technology there were a couple of internal barriers and blocking factors to hop on the train. Michael very successfully helped to quickly identify and understand those barriers and to develop a highly efficient strategy to significantly improve acceptance of the new paradigm in product development. I can highly recommend Michael as an efficient consultant if you are faced with challenging situations in technology development processes."


Dr. Alfred Svobodnik | Senior Manager/Chief Engineer | Harman Automotive Harman/International Industries


"Thank you very much for the excellent preparation and facilitation of the workshop with of our management board to identify the learnings and action points from our culture survey! Your structured and disciplined approach to facilitating the workshop has helped the board immensely to identify the key action points from the employee survey and to  transfer them into a concrete implementation plan. I also want to thank you very much for your excellent design and facilitation of the workshop with our extended management team! With your high results orientation, pragmatism, experience and versatility, you have been able to quickly tackle new challenges and situations in the context of the different organizational challenges which occurred over the course of our working relationship and have thereby proven to be an extremely valuable and helpful resource. I look forward to our continued cooperation."


Ernst Tschannen | Chief Executive Officer | Erdgas Ostschweiz AG |  Member of a leading Swiss Utility Group


"Thank you for leading the excellent JEP Working on Development Workshop in Singapore! The Workshop was successfully completed with the participants providing positive feedback after the workshop. The participants have been impressed by your expertise, the insights, and the applicable lessons imparted. Thank you for helping BSH Singapore to be more successful in the very competitive Asian market. We look forward to working again with you!"


Jennifer Tay | Senior Regional HR Manager | BSH Home Appliances PTE. LTD., Singapore


"It was a pleasure to work with you in reviewing and redefining our corporate and business unit strategies. The results of the consulting project with your firm have helped us to make significant progress towards the achievement of our business and shareholder goals. You worked together with us to create practical, "real-world" strategic actions that deliver tangible value, based on a pragmatic, but thorough review and assessment of our options. Also, we highly appreciate your skill and helpfulness in appropriately integrating our key managers into the consulting process and making sure that they are really on board and well-aligned for its successful implementation. Our association with HIRT&FRIENDS has provided us with an excellent return on our consulting investment."


Mag. Alexander Tremmel | Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter | Managing Partner | SKB Industrieholding a leading CEE cable manufacturer and distributor


„Thank you very much for the excellent cooperation in the last years! You and your team have succeeded to develop and deliver trainings perfectly geared towards the requirements of a global corporation with consistent performance in high quality, internationally and multilingually. I want to specifically note your well-founded and action-oriented approach, your global outlook and your capability to always adjusts the individual training sessions or workshops to the local and cultural requirements. You have made an important contribution to the worldwide talent development of BSH Home Appliances Group!“


Dr. Stephanie Leimer | Head of BSH Academy Corporate | BSH Home Appliances Group | BSH is the European market leader in the field of home appliances with brands like Bosch, Siemens, Neff and among the top global players

"Thank you for your inspiring, entertaining and action-oriented keynote speech and workshop. The feedback from the participants was extremely positive and, in particular, they were very impressed by the practicality and immediate applicability of your approaches. You have brought a significant motivational boost and we are already seeing the high impact of your work in the form of tangible results!"


Sheila Sylle | Professional Network | Johnson&Johnson


"Thank you very much for your energizing Keynote Speech „Instructions for the Management-Revolution“ for more than 200 Baxalta executives and managers! Your views challenged the status-quo and have given the managers an impetus to think about their own contribution in creating and sustaining an innovative, high-performance organization. It was a pleasure to work with you in the preparation and realization of the event and we look forward to other opportunities for working together."


Barbara Wagner-Buhl | Senior Manager, Talent Management | Baxalta / Baxter Aktiengesellschaft

"Michael Hirt worked with me on a strategic project which was of critical importance to the company. His fresh energetic style brought new insight and analysis to the project and was a major contributing factor to the outcome."


Tony Dicken | Field Force Manager | Diageo


"I want to thank you very much for your highly effective coaching. Your practical no-nonsense approach has made a positive impact on me both professionally and personally. Your way of executive coaching and development is honest, straightforward, positive, and purposeful. Your tools and content are excellent and you care deeply about helping your clients to improve. You have helped me to become a more effective leader. I look forward to our next collaboration."


Max Walzl | Director Operations | écomouv' an italo-french joint venture in France


"Thank you for your excellent advice and process facilitation that have brought us decisive progress and a new quality of cooperation in the working together of the trading and risk management departments of our corporation. With your careful preparation and disciplined facilitation, you have quickly succeeded in creating a good basis for a constructive cooperation of all parties involved  and positioned yourself as an independent and  clear business thinker and consultant respected by all sides. The results of the project are impressive and have created high value for our company."


Ernst Tschannen | Chief Executive Officer | Erdgas Ostschweiz AG |  A leading utility company in Switzerland


"I had the pleasure to work with Michael over a period of more than 2 years, on a number of strategic projects during my tenure as CEO of Matrixware. His advice was clear, practical and to the point. He has helped the board to make better decisions and to execute them effectively. His recommendations were based on state-of-the-art methods and validated by sound business judgement. I can highly recommend him, if you need fast, high-quality results with a strong positive impact on the performance of your organisation."


Francisco De Sousa Webber | Founder | cortical.io


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