Egon Zehnder, the world’s leadership consulting firm, has formalized an
agreement to purchase a minority stake in Zurich, Switzerland-based
Sinequanon (SQN), a firm that uses AI and advanced analytics to improve
workplace culture and performance. SQN is the first to have cracked the
code linking culture to performance consistently over time and in every
The investment in SQN signals Egon Zehnder’s intent to build on its 55
years of experience shaping leadership and culture through SQN’s unique
combination of advanced technology and a human approach to leadership.
The companies will work together to disseminate SQN’s Living Analytics™
platform and Flow Operating System™.
SQN’s flowOS™ uses a data-driven and AI-enabled process to identify an
organization’s optimal culture and then drives the behavioral change
needed by individuals, teams and business units. In its work with
clients, flowOS™ has consistently delivered significant improvements in
people energy and productivity.
“We hear consistently from clients that culture change is one of the
most challenging aspects of leadership. In SQN we have found an
innovative partner to deliver integrated services to our clients by
marrying both human leadership insights and pioneering technology,” said
Jill Ader, Chairwoman, Egon Zehnder. “We strongly believe the best
consulting services we can offer our clients combine technology and
humanity,” she added.
The partnership is founded on the shared belief that culture change is
critical to helping organizations adapt to and thrive in today’s complex
world. It combines Egon Zehnder’s expertise advising and unlocking the
potential of senior leaders with SQN’s ability to assess and accelerate
the power of the full organization through cultural change.
“It has always frustrated me that large organizations trap massive
amounts of human energy. In fact, our data shows that less than 10% of
employees operate at their full potential. Now as organizations are
feeling the brutal effect of disruption, an extraordinary win-win
opportunity between employees and businesses is emerging. My life’s
mission is to find a business-minded method to enable this – and that is
flowOS™,” said Per Lagerstrom, Chief Executive Officer, SQN. “Egon
Zehnder and SQN share a core mission to unlock human potential. I
believe we can make magic together, and am excited to be partnering with
them,” he added.
“We believe the world needs more great leaders. In fact, recent research
we conducted with 402 CEOs revealed they find culture change one of the
most challenging aspects of the role,” noted Gabriel Andrade, Partner,
Egon Zehnder and Board member, SQN. “With SQN, the intelligence of the
end-to-end operating system and guided support we can provide clients
can change human resources and performance management for the
SQN brings new capabilities to an already powerful set of partnerships.
Egon Zehnder’s strategic alliance with Mobius Executive Leadership, the
London and Cambridge, MA-based leadership development firm, delivers
customized executive development programs at the CEO and executive
levels that enable breakthroughs often described by participants as
“life changing,” which in turn can serve as a multiplier to the impact
of SQN. In addition, Egon Zehnder has partnered with Paradox Strategies,
the consulting firm co-founded by Harvard University Professor Linda
Hill, to develop the Innovation Quotient (IQ), a proprietary culture
diagnostic based on Hill’s research that helps clients better understand
the degree to which their cultures enable – or inhibit – their ability
Notes to Editors
Sinequanon (SQN) is a privately held PeopleTech start-up founded in
2015. While we work globally and across industries, our home is in
Switzerland with operations in South Africa and the Czech Republic.
SQN has a passionate team of 60, unified by a fundamental belief in our
ability as humans to radically change and grow and a hunger to marry the
soft skills with the hard. Our people work across behavioral, neural and
data science, technology and client services.
At SQN, we believe that human capital management and change consulting
are ripe for disruption. We have combined data, science and sound
business principles into a ground breaking approach that taps into the
well of human energy, so often trapped in large businesses, delivering
material improvements to both the employee experience and the company’s
We offer a suite of culture change products and services under the
Living Analytics™ and flowOS™ brands, coupled with a disruptive tech
enabled client delivery model.
About Egon Zehnder
Egon Zehnder is the world’s leadership consulting firm, sharing one
goal: to transform people, organizations and the world through great
We know what great leaders can do and are passionate about delivering
the best leadership solutions for our clients.
As One Firm, our more than 480 Consultants in 68 offices and 40
countries bring our individual strengths to form one powerful
We partner closely with public and private corporations, family-owned
enterprises, and non-profit and government agencies to provide Board
advisory services, CEO search and succession, executive search,
executive assessment, leadership development and organizational
We offer a range of integrated services to support our leadership
consulting work: Our strategic alliance with Mobius Executive
Leadership, the London and Cambridge, MA based leadership development
firm, delivers customized executive development programs at the CEO and
executive levels that enable breakthroughs often described by
participants as “life changing.” In addition, we have partnered with
Paradox Strategies, the consulting firm co-founded by Harvard University
Professor Linda Hill, to develop the Innovation Quotient (IQ), a
proprietary culture diagnostic based on Hill’s research that helps
clients better understand the degree to which their cultures enable – or
inhibit – their ability to innovate.
We share a commitment and pride in doing work that contributes to
successful careers, stronger companies and a better world.