Boutique Consulting and Leadership Development Firm with a Focus on Sustainable Solutions
Quercus Consulting (/ˈkwɜːrkəs/; lat. “oak tree”)
is a Luxembourg-based boutique consulting and leadership development firm, enabling leaders by assisting them in their personal growth and providing tailored support on handling their daily challenges.
Our Leadership Philosophy
Inspirational Leadership starts with knowing and managing Yourself.
Only if you are aware of yourself and actively manage your own behaviour, you will be able to manage and lead others. We, therefore, support our clients with a holistic approach that covers four different dimensions of leadership:
Leading your Clients
Leading your Teams
Leading your Stakeholders
Committed to provide Tailored Services to our Clients’ Needs and Context.
As we believe that different situations can rarely be solved with the same off-the-shelf solution, we start each engagement with investing in understanding our client’s environment and challenges.
As Leadership Development is an extremely broad Field, we constantly strive to bring the best People to our Clients.
Like most players in the high-end leadership development field, Quercus relies besides its core team on a broad network of business affiliates, each with their core competencies.
Paul Schilling is the Founder and Managing Director of Quercus Consulting. He has over 12 years of experience in strategy consulting, professional training & development, and organizational transformations in a broad variety of cultural environments. In his current role, Paul works as a consultant in the field of leadership development for leading local and global organizations, supporting them both in the design and the delivery of managerial training programs.
Besides his role at Quercus Consulting, Paul is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and in the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Luxembourg, where he teaches since 2016. He is also a Guest Lecturer at the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology – Sacred Heart University.
Prior to founding his own company, Paul was a Director in Deloitte Luxembourg’s Human Capital practice and was the Head of Human Resources for Deloitte Luxembourg where he managed a team of 65+ HR practitioners. For over 2 years he led among other areas the Learning and Development team, in charge of the leadership development programs for 2000+ employees within the local firm.
Before joining Deloitte, Paul worked for almost 7 years at McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a strategy consultant in transformational change. He served clients in different industries and functions across Europe and was a lead facilitator in one of McKinsey’s Leadership Development programs, to which design he had contributed and which he delivered globally.
Paul holds a Masters in Business Engineering with a focus on computer sciences from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD in Singapore and Fontainebleau. Paul is Luxembourgish by nationality and fluent in Luxembourgish, German, French, and English.
Certifications: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified (MBTI level I and II), Leadership Judgement Indicator® certified (LJI), Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment™ certified and certified in Brain-based coaching (2020) by the Neuroleadership Institute in London.
Elodie Michaud is an independent consultant and a privileged partner of Quercus Consulting who mainly works in coaching, training, and consulting in the managerial and executive field. Her preferred areas are topics related to leadership and team management, communication, and challenges related to corporate culture. Her work is aimed at both local and international companies and individuals. Elodie emphasizes both the professional and personal development of her clients in order to optimize their professional performance.
Elodie was a lawyer for 10 years, including 8 years at Linklaters LLP. During this period, she acted as a legal and strategic advisor for major international clients in the financial sector. At the same time, she ensured the technical and soft-skills development of team members, both locally and globally, internally and with clients. In this context, she notably gave training on organizational skills, time management, delegation, error management, and culture management in a multicultural professional context.
Her place within the managerial team has also enabled her to address the challenges associated with this level of responsibility as well as to participate in the decision-making process, in particular by contributing pragmatic and tailored approaches.
Elodie is a certified coach with Gallup (Certified Strengths Coach - US) and Erickson International (Erickson Solution-Focused Coach - Canada) and has been offering professional coaching services since 2018. She is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Through her coaching, Elodie’s clients have been able to identify their goals, needs, and especially the adapted solutions which respond to their specific questions, notably by gaining confidence and leveraging their strengths and resources.
Besides her independent work, Elodie acts as Adjunct Professor at the University of Luxembourg, delivering an Introduction to Leadership, where she addresses the challenges of leaders and managers such as remote work, ethics, inclusion, and diversity, as well as change management. She also delivers a course on the organizational challenges to be met in the entrepreneurship world.
Arjen Iwema is a seasoned strategy consultant, executive coach, training designer, and facilitator with extensive global experience in a variety of sectors, including non-governmental organizations, pharmaceuticals, health care, and medical devices, oil and gas/energy, and aviation.
During his 8 years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company Geneva, Arjen has worked across 5 continents on strategy development, capability building, and performance management topics.
Arjen serves leading service firms, running complex engagements in organizational capability building and training. Every year he trains ~750 young professionals, managers, and executives in problem-solving skills, client, team, and self-management. He maintains a stable network of trainers inside his client organizations.
Arjen is a top-ranked training facilitator among the cohort of qualified international trainers. He has a strong track record developing actionable, measurable solutions in organizations, building on a deep understanding of inter-organizational dynamics, trends, and capabilities.
Arjen is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified (MBTI level I and II) and holds an MBA from IMD, the Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, and a Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He is fluent in English, German, French, and Dutch.
"A partner with a deep understanding of my professional challenges who could contextualize the concrete actions to my personal and professional situation."
Partner in a Professional Service Firm
I worked with Quercus in the context of a personal physiology assessment, objectively analyzing my levels of stress and recovery during 3 consecutive days. All organizations have now to deal with stress-induced issues (e.g., lack of engagement, burn-out, or other stress-related absenteeism) when they appear – which often leads to weeks or even months of absence, if not the resignation of our employees – and thus I thought I would proactively assess the impact that my personal workload has on my well-being in order to mitigate potential stress-related risks. Working in a highly demanding professional environment, I was aware that I put a heavy workload on my physical and mental health. I got however a real wake-up call when I saw the objective data in the Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment report. For the first time, I had facts behind my feelings that I could not deny. A clear action plan with tangible remedies as well as regular follow-ups helped me to work in a much more sustainable way – coping significantly better with my external stressors that in our highly volatile and complex business environment I often cannot influence. It was helpful to have a partner throughout this assessment with whom I could share my personal information, fully trusting his confidentiality and a partner with a deep understanding of my professional challenges who could contextualize the concrete actions to my personal and professional situation.
"I have learned lessons that I still remember today and use on daily basis."
Strategy Consultant in Professional Service Firm
I met Paul at a corporate training, where I had the opportunity to observe him facilitating in both plenary as well as smaller group sessions. Paul has captured me with his honest and thoughtful approach tailored to each person in the training, showing vulnerability and being there 100% for the program participants. He has challenged us to think in ways we have not considered before and clearly broadened our horizons. Because of him, I have learned lessons that I still remember today and use on daily basis.
"Surprisingly different and unexpectedly memorable."
President of the Executive Committee of a German-wide Junior Enterprise Network
When Paul delivered his keynote speech on sustainable careers to 500 young professionals at one of our major conventions, many certainly expected another classic business presentation. However, with his stirring appeals and a unique pictorial language, Paul managed to arouse such enthusiasm and curiosity among the participants that hardly any other topics were discussed during the evening that followed. Even three years later, former participants of that event still regularly approach me referring to that speech. I would certainly look for opportunities to attend any one of Paul's keynotes again.
“To preserve the confidentiality of our clients, we have removed their last names. If you would like to work with us, we are happy to put you in touch with some of them to share their firsthand return on experience.”
Our Expertise & Covered Topics
Leadership Development is very broad and often Subjects only emerge when we analyze a Situation in Detail together with our Clients.
Nonetheless, you find below a few topics that are recurrent in the work that we do with our different clients:
Verbal & Written
Verbal & Written
- Structured communication required in the board room
- Storylining of presentations and entrepreneurial pitch decks
- Chart and slide design for convincing presentations
- Personal presence – the mastery of voice and body language
Hypothesis-based problem-solving and working approach, learning how to define and structure complex problems and developing recommendations and implementation plans.
& Personality Types
& Personality Types
Conflict Resolution & Personality Types: understanding your own’s strengths and those of the people surrounding you, and striving for the most helpful outcome via a corporate feedback culture.
Finding mutually acceptable outcomes to a negotiation without compromising.
for Self and Team
for Self and Team
Management of own and team’s energy by understanding individual energizers and drainers and by finding an ideal balance within your work for optimal health and well-being.
& Personal Values
& Personal Values
Mindful leadership, defining and living personal values, and contributing to a corporate culture
Cultural Awareness and
Cultural Awareness and
Understanding cultural differences and developing awareness for unconscious biases and learning to navigate these differences.
Understanding how to manage time by using individual strengths to the benefit of everybody, and via a strategic delegation within the working environment.