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«FIND YOUR ESSENCE» (M1): In this 6-hour workshop, we help you re-discover your «reason why», remember your identity as a company, and embrace the future with clarity and self-confidence. Now more than ever, customers are attracted to companies with a clear sense of purpose and a primary goal of adding value to their lives, instead of just cashing on their needs. Even companies founded out of a true sense of purpose, however, struggle sometimes to find a path forward (…) MORE
«TELL YOUR STORY» (M2): This module is for founders who either already have a deep understanding of their «reason why» or who have participated in module 1. In a 8-hour workshop format, we take your shaped vision & mission as a starting point to develop your company storyline in the form of a pitch deck. A pitch deck isn't just a collection of slides containing information about your company; it is a powerful storytelling tool with which you can attract the right investors, customers & talents, while also repelling those who (…) MORE
«MAKE IT HAPPEN» (M3): This third module is about sound planning, clever approaches and the right focus to create favorable circumstances for sustainable success. Through individual mentoring sessions, we make an in-depth analysis of your situation & goals and bring in our experience building ventures to develop a grounded, tailor-made implementation plan. This plan is entirely individualized and (…) MORE
«GROW» (individual): This is a tailor-made mentoring offering for founders. By exploring both your personal and professional potential and bringing awareness to what is holding you back on your path to fulfillment and success, we help you become the creator of your own life story. We believe that true professional and personal success are very interlinked, as they are both born from our authenticity and our capacity to be vulnerable in the world. Therefore, our approach explores (…) MORE
«FIND YOUR ESSENCE» (module 1)
In this 6-hour workshop, we help you re-discover your «reason why», remember your identity as a company, and embrace the future with clarity and self-confidence. Now more than ever, customers are attracted to companies with a clear sense of purpose and a primary goal of adding value to their lives, instead of just cashing on their needs. Even companies founded out of a true sense of purpose, however, struggle sometimes to find a path forward amid financial pressure, the pressure to «make it», and an array of often contradictory business advice. In these moments, the entrepreneurial journey may feel like walking in the fog: We don't really know where we're going, and the people who are supposed to support us (our customers, investors, and employees) might never even find us.
Our promise is not to dissipate the fog but to hand you a compass with which you can navigate your way out of it and create the company you desire. Finding the investors, customers, and employees you need and creating strong revenue pillars for your business becomes intuitive when you learn to read your inner compass and act on your values and wisdom.
In this workshop, we clarify the following questions:
Which deep motivation led you to start this company and not another one?
Which of your inner passions and talents can you bring into full blossom through your startup?
Which deep needs of which target customers can you best address through your company? What impact are you creating?
Using the answers to these questions, we create a renewed and powerful company vision & mission and discover your real target audience(s), which together can bring you from where you are now to where you want to be.
Module 1 «FIND YOUR ESSENCE» costs CHF/EUR 1'800, including workshop preparation and the support of two experienced mentors. Should you need additional support, we can provide it at an hourly rate of CHF/EUR 200.
«TELL YOUR STORY» (MODULE 2)
This module is for founders who either already have a deep understanding of their «reason why» or who have participated in module 1. In a 8-hour workshop format, we take your shaped vision & mission as a starting point to develop your company storyline in the form of a pitch deck. A pitch deck isn't just a collection of slides containing information about your company; it is a powerful storytelling tool with which you can attract the right investors, customers & talents, while also repelling those who will only hold you back either because they don't understand your company adequately or because they don't share your values and passion.
Our goal in this workshop is twofold. On the one hand, we present your ideas, strengths, and inner beliefs in the clearest and most powerful way possible. On the other hand, we help you leave out unnecessary information that will dilute your message's power. For instance, not every pitch deck needs a detailed roadmap. This is the case when a startup is so young that detailed planning doesn't make sense. In this case, sharing your focus topics and explaining your pilot projects is much more important than presenting an unrealistic roadmap. In other cases, detailed financial planning and projection are tricky because you are still learning about customer needs & readiness-to-pay or finding your perfect product-market fit. And trust us in this: painting castles in the sky regarding your company's global market potential is at the very least naive if you haven't yet clarified & tested your business model and potential markets.
We address your individual needs on an hourly basis (CHF 200.-/hour in Switzerland or EUR 200.-/hour in the rest of Europe) or in packages (packages of 10, 15 or 20 hours with discounted rates). Contact us for a free-of-charge get-to-know-each-other talk by phone or video conference.
By understanding who you are and where you stand, we help you tell your story in an honest, authentic & grounded way, helping you attract customers, investors, talents, and strategic partners who share your values and can help you make your story a success.
Module 2 «TELL YOUR STORY» costs CHF/EUR 2'600 (+10% discount when booking modules 1 and 2 together), including workshop preparation, the support of one experienced mentor, and 2 hours of remote support for the final pitch deck polishing. If you need additional support, we can provide this at an hourly rate of CHF/EUR 200.
«MAKE IT HAPPEN» (Module 3)
This third module is about sound planning, clever approaches, and the right focus to create favorable circumstances for sustainable success. Through individual mentoring sessions, we make an in-depth analysis of your situation & goals and bring in our experience building ventures to develop a grounded, tailor-made implementation plan. This plan is entirely individualized and based on your needs and situation, but may include any or all of the following: strategic roadmap spanning the next years; 12- and 18- month detailed roadmaps; clarification of business models and/or pricing; and financial planning.
This module's extent depends on both your current stage and the quality of the pre-existing planning documents. Therefore, we charge the effective hours worked according to our hourly rate of CHF/EUR 200 instead of a package price. In our experience, however, the costs for this module typically amount to somewhere between CHF/EUR 2'000-3'000.
Remark 1: For some in-depth analysis and more complex situations/topics, we work together with partners in our network, mostly in legal, finance, tax, and HR. Additional efforts by third-party providers will have to be mandated and reimbursed separately according to our partners' terms.
Remark 2: We have experience fundraising (Seed to Series A) in the DACH region and helping customers sell their company shares / entire companies. We offer this service separately to selected startups from our portfolio and in a «performance-fee-only» model (No «retainer», no «up-front» payments, no «carry»).
This is a tailor-made mentoring offering for founders. By exploring both your personal and professional potential and bringing awareness to what is holding you back on your path to fulfillment and success, we help you become the creator of your own life story. We believe that true professional and personal success are very interlinked, as they are both born from our authenticity and our capacity to be vulnerable in the world. Therefore, our approach explores both work and life holistically.
In these sessions, we talk about intuition and impact, how our subconscious patterns get in the way of our best intentions, and how our fears (and other basic emotions) can either sabotage us or be used to our advantage. Finally, depending on where you stand in your journey, we can help you develop a powerful life vision (including work) that can help you create the life you truly want to live.
This module isn't about creating a new version of yourself; it's about remembering who you are embracing your authenticity and true power in the world. In doing so, you can stop running on the treadmill of achievement and expectations and start creating from a place of groundedness and inner peace.
These sessions usually occur in our offices in Wollerau, but can be done in nature upon request (availability dependent on weather conditions).
«GROW» is charged by the effective hours worked according to our hourly rate of CHF/EUR 200. We start with a face-to-face get-to-know-each-other talk, followed by a kick-off session. In this kick-off session, we determine the amount and depth of topics to explore and develop an approximate quote for our work together.
Many SMEs have understood that they need to transform to be successful in the near future. Some of them have also realized that this transformation must go deep (enough) and doesn't know taboo topics. Still, only a few are ready to not only say and implement «B» but even to think «C,» stay open-minded, and also go the further, consequent steps of a real transformation. We have a passion for helping brave, value-driven SME leaders and management teams take the necessary steps to truly transform with all the consequences: financial and (and even more so) on the human and sometimes personal level.
As the situations of departure, identities, north stars & strategic paths, and main hurdles or chances couldn't be more different among SMEs, we do not follow standardized methods or templates with our customers. Instead, we'd love to get to know you in person, listen to you, discuss your needs, and then provide you with a concrete proposal to proceed based on our experience.
We are currently strategic sparring partners to around 10 renowned Swiss & German SMEs and only accept new mandates through recommendation or personal encounters. Our focus is to support value-driven SMEs who want to maximize impact not only on the economy but also on society and the environment.
We, Natalia and Roman H. Schmid, both in our mid-30's and proud representatives of Generation Y, are married and parents of a wonderful boy. After spending some time living between Berlin and the Lake of Zurich, we have recently settled in Einsiedeln, a true power place nestled in the beautiful Swiss pre-Alps. Our offices are in Wollerau with splendid views over the Lake of Zurich.
We live a conscious, active, and respectful life and apply our values in the way we cook & eat, the way we consume, our approach to mobility, at work, and how we treat other people and ourselves. We love cooking, discovering new places, spending time in nature, and having deep & meaningful conversations about life. We founded SanDono in 2016 to «help people (better) create» or, as we often say today, to «help seekers to become grounded creators». We strongly believe that the secret to a happy and fulfilled life lies in finding the right mix between humility and boldness. True power lies in being respectful while standing on your own two feet, being brave, and thinking big.
Grüezi! I’m Roman H. Schmid and I am a creator, entrepreneur, and strong leader. My professional & life experiences and my hunger for personal growth make me an authentic mentor & sparring partner for value-driven, responsible entrepreneurs & top managers who truly want to create and bring real impact into the world. My personality and attitude of finding honest answers to life's important questions have led me to challenge the status quo repeatedly and create a truly meaningful life. I believe that life isn't always easy, but facing life's hard questions is the path to true happiness and success.
In my professional life, I strive to create responsibly and from a place of real values. My greatest satisfaction comes from helping companies become successful while upholding the values they stand for. Over the years, I have led startups and held management positions in established companies, both of which have prepared me to guide companies in a wide range of situations and fields. Since 2016, I mentor & coach brave startup founders, entrepreneurs & top managers in both the successful development or transformation of their companies and life/ life design questions.
I am privately a happy and loving husband & father, passionate cook & eater, pianist, singer, and hiker.
Hola! I’m Natalia Schmid, creator, intuitive guide, and firm believer in the power of aligning our values with our lives. My early professional experiences taught me that everyone is born with a deep sense of purpose and the internal resources to find true meaning and happiness. However, out of habit or fear, many people choose to stay in professions and personal circumstances that don't allow them to grow, therefore depriving themselves and the world from contributions only they can make.
In my mid-20's, my own growth journey led me to abandon a well-paid and well-regarded career (dentistry) in search of more truth and meaning. My path led me from Barcelona to Zurich and to work in the corporate world, in the non-profit sector, and finally, founding SANDONO with the mission of helping people (better) create. Today, my work focuses on helping people and companies find and embrace their true passions, align their values with their lives, and create real value and impact.
Over the years, I have understood that a life well-lived is one lived from the inside out and not to fulfill the expectations of others. I derive great satisfaction from helping people free themselves from the should's and must's that hold them back and embrace the possibilities that come when they show up authentically in their lives. My deep understanding of human beings and my capacity to empathize and connect with people's motivations and passions make me a genuine, reliable guide. I am passionate about working with people who don't settle for easy answers and instead want to go the extra mile to find and embrace their own truths.
Privately, I enjoy cooking & eating, writing and painting, and spending time in nature and with my family.
We are honoured to have guided over 50 companies and 150 startup founders, entrepreneurs and top managers on their journey to fulfillment and success (as of September 2020). We are more than happy to put you in touch with one of our happy customers to deepen your understanding of how we work. Additionally learn more about our philosophy through our LinkedIn articles:
- Es gibt keine Work-Life-Balance!
- Wie sähe unser Leben aus, wenn wir es komplett selber gestalten könnte?
- Wieso Ängste völlig natürlich sind und wie man damit umgehen kann
- Wieso eine Lebensvision zielführender und ergiebiger ist als Lebensziele und ein Masterplan
- Let's design the NEW NORMAL NOW
- If a product is too cheap, you are the product! (known!) Or even worse: Someone else is paying the price for you (new!).
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