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ABOUT CHRISTIAN SACHS

If you need a specialised multi-lingual and international experienced Project Manager and you need him fast, then let Christian Sachs help you! Christian is a Project Management Expert and the global Interim Manager with the FASTEST Onboarding you’ve ever seen. For over two decades he has toughened his skills in project management and successfully led projects in various industries and countries. Using his unique #DoLessBetter method coupled with transformational psychology Christian helps his clients not only by jumping in to safe their vital projects but also by consulting them to create and install a project management system that exactly fits their needs, always focusing on impact and efficiency.

WHAT HE DOES:

Christian jumps in when your vital project lacks manpower, critical know-how, experience or language skills. Call him if you’re ready to decide and experience the FASTEST Onboarding you’ve ever seen!

HOW HE DOES IT:

With Christian there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’. He’ll choose the project management method which fits best for YOUR project needs. He focuses on #DoLessBetter, impact and efficiency.

WHO HE WORKS FOR:

Christian’s typical client has an international project, is ready to think outside the box and wants to #DoLessBetter. He needs perfect communication in German, French and/or English. He needs immediate support and is therefore ready to make fast decisions.

SERVICES HE PROVIDES:

👨‍💼 Interim Management,
👨‍💼 Virtual Project Manager,
👨‍💼 Project Management Consulting & Coaching,
👨‍💼 Speaking

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

🇩🇪 German (native)
🇫🇷 French (bilingual proficiency)
🇬🇧 English (full professional proficiency)
🇪🇸 Spanish (elementary proficiency)

HE IS:

⭐ graduate C.Eng. M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering
certified PMP® Project Management Professional
certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)
⭐ qualified psychological adviser
⭐ highly flexible and worldwide mobile
⭐ toughened through more than 25 years of experience in project management

INDUSTRIES HE WORKED FOR:

🏭 Automotive
🏭 Defence
🏭 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
🏭 Internet
🏭 Software

COUNTRIES HE WORKED IN:

🌍 China
🌍 France
🌍 Germany
🌍 Hungary
🌍 Switzerland

🌍 Mexico
🌍 Monaco
🌍 UAE
🌍 UK

Chris Sachs - Founder of CACTUS COMPETENCE and project management expert

LEARN MORE ABOUT CHRISTIAN!

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Here’s what Christian Sachs says about himself:

I have always been the lazy guy and I’ve always been looking for simplicity and efficiency. Useless complexity drives me nuts. On top of that it’s much more fun working in and on a project if you know exactly what you are doing and that nothing you do is wasted. Yepp, ideal world dream… In the past 10 years or so I have been working on myself, developing my skills and finally realised that for real changes on the outside I needed to transform inside first. That’s what I have done with Jim Fortin’s Transformational Coaching Program.

But who is that Chris Sachs and how did I become who I am now?

1967 – 1992: Thank you Mr. Teacher

Christian as Student
Chris as student

We are moving, constantly. Karlsruhe, Böblingen, Munich, Stuttgart and Paris are the stops, some repeatedly. So, I learn to adjust to ever-changing conditions and to cut out dead wood. Furthermore, I understand that I can learn everything I want, even when the teachers say I never would. For example, the French language (thank you for that Mr. Wenzel, it’s been a long time and you are forgiven).

Despite this constant moving, I manage to pass my high school diploma within the stipulated time and to finish my mechanical engineering studies with reasonable marks within 9 semesters in the fastest 1%. So already back then, I was all about efficiency.

1992 – 1999: Variety and consistency
Christian at Sachs Industries
at Sachs Industries in Chépy

The first working years and even more moving. The names of the places are getting more illustrious. Eu in France (is THE town with 2 characters in French crosswords), Gochsheim and Aschaffenburg in Germany, Colmar back in France and Leonberg in Germany again.

I’m gaining experience in the cycle, mechanical engineering and automotive industry.

I’m realizing that I need variety in the job as well and move on as soon as I start feeling bored.

1995, I get married. And I still am!

For the first time, I start my own business and go bust as fast as I decided to take the plunge. To mentally and financially recover from that „bloody nose“ took me no more than 14 years.

At least, the marriage with my wife and today’s business partner Ines is still holding on. Seams that I need one constant in life after all.

1999 – 2004: Valeo shapes
Christian at the office
at the office

The longest time with one employer, but 5 jobs within 5 years.

The automotive supplier Valeo shapes me in professional regards. I get to know all project functions, I assume my first project leads. Moreover, I learn to manage teams, to delegate and how to kick off quickly and deliver good results with a minimum training period. I have a nice time and Valeo entirely fulfills my desire for new tasks and challenges.

Yet I realize that a certain work life balance is important to me and that this kind of permanent standby duty is a real pain in my neck. Continually on a plane to fly from A to B, from C to D, waking up in a hotel bed not recalling where I was, is not for me. After 5 years I have enough and change – this time not only – the job but the employer too.

2004 – 2009: Promotion and re-start
Christian at the API-Forum
at the API-Forum

I’m becoming more and more a kind of generalist. I’m gaining experience outside Europe. China, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, an exciting time.

But again, I’m more far away than at home what wasn’t initially planned but just so happened.

Therefore and because I’m offered a position as director in Stuttgart, after 2 years I change over to the software industry.

I’m bringing in new ideas, the company is growing and getting more professional. The customers are enthused about the improved service. But I’m facing hurdles, the parent company CEO thwarts me. He doesn’t want to implement my suggestions, customer demands or not. Finally come the crisis, the definitive break and …

A new plunge into independence.

2009 – … Project manager, being entrepreneur temporarily

I decide to fully concentrate on project management and start my own business as an interim manager. This allows me to be at the same time entrepreneur and project manager – which in fact is being an entrepreneur for the time of the project.

We launch cactus-competence.com and Ines takes over responsibility of the marketing and website programming (at the time still coded in HTML), besides her activities as trainer.

I’m managing projects in the automotive industry, the service sector and the Internet sector.

Project Management Professional

I refine my capability to kick off quickly. Since it’s not possible to know everything by myself, I take advantage of my faculty to successfully delegate tasks. The teams appreciate that I give them the freedom to accomplish their tasks on their own responsibility and in the same time cover their backs if things go wrong.

I get my certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), but at the same time, I see how the overkill of project management methods and administration deteriorate not only project performance. I also start recognizing that if the methods were simplified also small companies and entrepreneurs could profit from them. Not to talk about the savings one could realise in large structures. My #DoLessBetter method comes to life.

2018/19 – … Real Transformation

We are realising our dream of living in the sunny south of France, buy a small apartment and renovate it nearly completely on our own. Huge project!

In 2018, I participate in Chris Ducker’s Youpreneur Summit in London. In 2019, I get my re-certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®). And by the end of 2019, together we complete the Transformational Coaching Program with Jim Fortin.

In 2020, I complete the training and am awarded the designation Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) which give me a deep insight into the Scrum framework and agile practices, and help me gain a huge understanding of team roles, events, and artifacts. Scrum is an agile framework that helps companies meet complex, changing needs while creating high quality products and services. Being not only a Project Management Professional (PMP®) AND a certified ScrumMaster® provide me with even more knowledge and tools to find the exact approach and method my clients need.

And the journey goes on…

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