We help companies see, live and express their authentic brand identity. Come see us, read our book or invite us to talk.

We create authentic companies

We are a brand agency with a narrow focus on identity and a wide set of skills. We help private and public companies as well as cities and regions develop strategy and build their brand. We strongly believe that you have to know who you are and act in line with it.

The agency for change – from the inside out

Every company has the potential to form an identity and a strategy that will help the company develop, grow and prosper. We help you make that change and we do it from the inside out. We are a multidisciplinary team of analysts, strategists, designers and communication consultants who want to develop your business and build your brand.

The most vibrant and successful companies use their heritage in a meaningful way, they have a strong purpose and they are extremely good at communicating who they are

Since the beginning in 1997 we've helped more than 500 companies, public institutions, cities and regions define identity, develop strategy, design visual identity and communicate who they are.


The Book

The management book The Authentic Company conceptualizes organizational authenticity and how to use it in leadership and management in order to innovate, streamline and create extraordinary results in an ever-changing market.  

In The Authentic Company, Nikolaj Stagis has interviewed and challenged some remarkable executives and owners. René Redzepi from Noma talks about the quest for Nordic food and the journey from outsider to worldclass, and we experience Alberto Alessi in his design museum, which is reserved for staff development meetings. We discover how Jørgen Vig Knudstorp from Lego and Jan Ryde from Hästens have redeemed the companies potential by rediscovering and reconstructing the companies’ authentic identity.

How to create authenticity in companies is still in its infancy, but Nikolaj Stagis fills in many gaps with his insightful book. Pay special attention to his words: Find your companys authentic identity and help it live out its inner strenghts B. Joseph Pine II
Author of The Experience Economy, Authenticity and Infinite Possibility
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Talks and workshops

Talks and workshops with our experts provide managers and employees with the opportunity to work with their authentic identity and to discover the organisations potential for development. 

Talks and workshops with Nikolaj Stagis 

Nikolaj Stagis will provide you with practical models and challenging questions to help you develop your company and leadership. He will inspire with cases where managers have created exceptional results by exploring the authentic strengths of their organization and transfer the branding tools for you to use in the search for your company’s authenticity and identity.

In academia we have a saying: There is nothing as practical as a good theory. In a sense authenticity is very abstract, but it is also very concrete: Whether it´s in large companies or small companies, I think it´s very fascinating that you´re able to connect these rather illusive ideas with some real, great examples. Majken Schultz
Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Inner strengths transform the company Nikolaj Stagis

Nikolaj Stagis gives his presentation on authenticity at a conference for MBA Alumni ESADE in Barcelona. The participants are MBA students, professors and business leaders.

Conference: The Authentic Company – review

Peter Kreiner, Noma, Andreas Braun, BMW, Majken Schultz, CBS, Astrid Gade Nielsen, Arla and Casper Vorting, Bøgedal ,evaluates their dividend of the conference The Authentic Company.

The Authentic Company Nikolaj Stagis

Nikolaj Stagis presents his inspirational book The Authentic Company at the launch in the Stock Exchange Building in Copenhagen.