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Change / Change management

Real Leadership is Daring to Confront the Impossible

Posted on May 31, 2017 by: Chris Fagan

      Associate, ONTOSglobal With Brexit and Donald Trump’s election we have witnessed what numerous political and economic leaders labeled as impossible and catastrophic, nevertheless have become a new reality. Through analyzing these game-changing events we suggest four cognitive strategies for those in charge of leading a company in a fast-changing world. Prepare for … Read More.

Disrupting Culture: Why we get culture wrong, and what cognitive anthropology teaches us

Posted on February 08, 2017 by: David White

    Co-founder and Principal, ONTOSglobal (This is an edited excerpt from Rethinking Culture: Embodied Cognition and the Origin of Culture in Organizations, to be published by Routledge in 2017). A recent report by CEB reports that 76% of its surveyed firms plan some form of culture change in 2017. What is astounding about this … Read More.

“What Makes Your Leadership Development Programs ‘Transformational’?” asks a Client

Posted on December 19, 2016 by: Lisa Koss

Co-founder and Principal, ONTOSglobal We were asked this question just today.  “What makes your leadership development programs “transformational”?  We explained that when a client is looking for their organization to transform, they are really asking their PEOPLE to transform.  This is true because there is no such thing as organizational transformation without PERSONAL transformation. Organizational transformation … Read More.

Coaching and Individual Change

Posted on February 10, 2016 by: Lisa Koss

We have the good fortune and privilege to be partnering with Harvard professor, Bob Kegan, who will be presenting a workshop to our client next month based on his newest book, co-authored by Lisa Lahey, called Immunity to Change (2009).  The book describes why we set goals and then don’t reach them, like the person who … Read More.

How to Learn Trust-Building in our Global Environment

Posted on January 03, 2016 by: Lisa Koss

The topic of trust is one of those multi-pronged topics like “diversity”, “emotional intelligence” or “leadership” whereby the method of learning must match as closely as possible to a real life experience. ... Read more

The Power of Schemas: As Easy as Riding a Bike? (Check out this video.)

Posted on May 24, 2015 by: Lisa Koss

Those of you who know our latest research, know that we are intensely interested in how cognitive schemas enable or hinder our ability to change – individually and collectively.  See this video for a perfect example of how we cognitively can understand something (say, the new corporate strategy) but cannot easily unlearn and change the … Read More.

Rethinking Culture

Posted on January 21, 2015 by: ontos_admin

For change executives and change agents, read our new white paper entitled, ♦ Rethinking Culture ♦, by Ontos Principal, David White, PhD. Summary:  Most leaders and many consultants believe organizational cultures can be “shaped” for competitive advantage. This immensely popular notion is so embedded in conventional thinking that to suggest otherwise is almost heretical. Yet this idea … Read More.

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