Petr Pouchly

business development consultant and designer of business strategies

Petr Pouchly
Based in: Czech Republic Czechia Working area: EU
Status: at your service Languages: English, Czech
Listed in: Business & Finance

In business, transitions are hard — and sometimes even dangerous.

For example, you can be a very successful freelancer for 15 years and then suddenly fail in transforming your one-person business into a small agency or a company with a few employees.

That is because each new level brings an entirely new set of challenges, and few solopreneurs see them coming. Helping them through such transitions is my specialty.

I will guide you through any labyrinth, no matter how big or complex, while always preserving your sense of direction and meaningful progress. With me, business development can even be fun!

If you are an independent professional with an established business practice that you would like to expand into something new and bigger, I have exactly the tools and know-how you need to succeed. Not only have I worked with many such ambitious entrepreneurs, but I’ve been there many times myself, reinventing my own striving business over and over again.

You can start right now by reaching out to me, and we’ll talk about how I can help you — or you read some more about my work below and sleep on it.

My work with freelancers and solopreneurs

There are three typical options for my work with individuals, from one-off consultations at my standard rate €340/hour to larger and longer collaborations, priced individually. Pick your favorite:

  1. “I am a freelance professional who wants to go big,” turning a one-man show into a company or agency. — Let me be your mentor for three 90-minute sessions, and you will have your business plan, challenges, blind spots and transition guidelines covered.
  2. “I am launching a small business and need a guide for a smooth start.” — Let me be your business consultant for one day a week over a period of 2-3 months. All the essentials will be covered: strategy, processes, leadership, cashflow, hiring, team development, etc.
  3. “I have launched a new business and need a mentor.” — We will have as many 1:1 mentoring sessions as necessary over a longer period of a quarter or two, a total of 30 or 50 hours. Come what may, we will deal with all the challenges one way or the other.

My work with companies and organizations

My primary expertise is in business strategy development and building a strong organizational structure around it — including founding values and changes of attitudes throughout the whole organizational culture.

My work experience includes multinational corporations, non-profits, art and cultural organizations, small and medium enterprises, as well as solopreneurs and self-employed individuals. I have reviewed several hundred business plans, product concepts and organizational designs.

Usually, none of this is work for a single person, or a few hours of consulting time. It is a transformational process, which takes anywhere from a few weeks up to some years to finish, depending on the complexity and size of a company.

That’s why I collaborate with other proven experts, while focusing mainly on the overall strategy and its application. This empowers my clients to draw from a much larger talent pool of competent professionals that are in my network of contacts.

I am not trying to simply please my clients. My goal is to help them in overcoming critical challenges, gaining an edge over their competitors, and bringing results — ethically and efficiently. I am always blunt and honest about what needs to be done to push the business forward. Because if no one is willing to work hard on those changes, and to face the hard truths, it won’t work.

The way I see it, a well-functioning organization is able to deliver services or products that make customers happy to pay for them. To achieve this, an organization needs something more than just functional processes and measurable strategic goals. It needs a sustainable motivation and an unfailing willingness to cooperate. On all levels.

About me

I think of work in terms of project design. That is why I draw inspiration from design thinking, game design, and experience-economy concepts. I base my work on scientific knowledge of individual and group behavior from sociology, psychology, social anthropology, behavioral sciences, and even theater studies. And no, I don’t hold diplomas for all of this, but I use knowledge that goes deeper, much deeper, than typical MBA textbooks, self-help talks and business paperbacks.

I employ experience from all my professional endeavors and I don’t hesitate to pay for valuable know-how that I can build upon, if it enables me to create profits for myself and my clients. I have built my own successful consulting business, mentored or designed dozens of others, and seen hundreds more from inside. I have helped with methodical creation of several business incubators and served as a mentor in a number of others.

Each year, I lecture on the practical aspects of running a business at several universities, and I have been teaching Leadership at Masaryk University in Brno as a part of their product design studies, which I co-founded. Apart from that, I often lecture at public and private conference events as well as in companies for their employees and/or management.

I am a geek. I built a number of communities in RPG, LARP and game design. I was creating board games, adventure games and screenplays for role-playing games. I am still an active gamer, though a priority of my leisure time is now in raising our baby daughter. Lots of my working time goes into our design studio Court of Moravia.

I respect the people I work with, and I build strong partnerships — with colleagues as well as clients. I don’t like the word “superior”. I learn, play, read and debate a lot.

What level I am on

  • game designer (25+ years of experience, since 1994)
  • teamleader (25+ years of experience, since 1994)
  • public speaker and professional presenter (20+ years of experience, since 1998)
  • trainer (20+ years of experience, since 2000)
  • B2B sales manager (15 years of experience, since 2007)
  • project manager (15+ years of experience, since 2005)
  • product manager (10+ years of experience, since 2008)
  • brand strategist (10+ years of experience, since 2009)
  • business mentor and consultant (10+ years of experience, since 2011)
Petr Pouchly

Contact details

Petr Pouchly
Bartosova 3
602 00
Czech Republic, European Union
Mobile:+420 724 004 855
VAT ID:CZ02033950

Firsthand recommendations

Petr knows what his target is, hence is always one step forward. While everyone else is a little worried about the current issues, he has already figured them out for himself and is trying to make future things right. He provides strong motivation to any people he is working with and cares not only about them getting the results, but also being satisfied with them.

Stepan Hruda software developer

Peter is a precise manager on one hand and emphatic an understanding colleague on the other. He cares much about the individual needs of his subordinates allowing them to pursue their goals as much as they provide for the company. His endless enthusiasm is a great motivation to all his co-workers.

Pavel Hamrik Productboard

Petr Pouchly is a highly competent business consultant. He is bold (even blunt) but also kind and empathetic, with a clear intent to help as much as possible. Over the years, he has been one of the star speakers at our freelance events, covering various topics from business negotiations to freelance pricing. For anyone who knows him, it is quite clear that he represents a rare resource of accumulated business know-how and can apply it intelligently to almost any situation. Last but not least, he is an experienced organizational management specialist who does not just sell trendy buzzwords to his clients. Highly recommended!

Robert Vlach
Robert Vlach business consultant and founder of
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