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Manager as Coach Passes the Century Mark!

Posted on July 19, 2018 by: Chris Fagan

Our MAC (Manager as Coach) program has passed an exciting milestone for us at Ontos. We’ve now delivered over 100 MaC I and II programs to more than 1200 people at 53 global locations in 8 languages! Thank you to our clients and participants for making this program a great success!

You Are What You Do

Posted on June 10, 2018 by: Chris Fagan

Co-founder and Principal, ONTOSglobal Cognitive Science Disrupts Culture, Part II (The second of a two part article. Part I is here). Former Yahoo CEO and Google executive Marisa Mayer was quoted recently in the New York Times as saying she joined Google “for the culture”,and that cultures once they reach 1000 people become “self reinforcing”. … Read More.

The 5 Myths of Culture Change

Posted on June 10, 2018 by: Chris Fagan

Co-founder and Principal, ONTOSglobal Most approaches to culture change are ill informed. Cognitive science provides a better way. Part 1 of 2. These are heady times for those of us in the culture business — which is pretty much anyone who leads an organization or tries to help those that do. Organizational “culture” seems to … Read More.

When is Leadership Development “Transformational”? (Part II)

Posted on October 31, 2017 by: Chris Fagan

Co-founder and Principal, ONTOS global My last post on this topic described our approach to creating transformational learning environments (Transformational Leadership Development? What Makes it So?). I introduced the idea that when leaders want the organization to transform, they are actually seeking its people to transform. I discussed some key elements including the need to engage each … Read More.

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.

Visuals of Negotiation Communication Patterns from Different Cultural Viewpoints

Posted on August 24, 2015 by: Lisa Koss

Published in the August Business Insider, check out these visuals that depict the structure of a negotiation from different cultural viewpoints.  Does this track with your experience? http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-negotiate-around-the-world-2015-8    

Schultz and Starbucks: The Importance of Not Waiting to Invest

Posted on August 25, 2014 by: Lisa Koss

“Schultz understood that you can’t lift your foot off the gas pedal when you’re attempting to transform a company,” Koehn says. “Severe as its financial needs may be, you also have to figure out what you will invest in. Schultz knew that if he waited until the company was out of the woods to invest … Read More.

What if everything you understood about (organizational) culture was wrong?

Posted on November 11, 2013 by: David White

Culture: the most overused and least understood term in business, if not in modern society. What does it mean? Values? Norms? Behavior? Environment? Practices? How things get done? How people treat one another? Symbols? Artifacts? All of the above? Some of the above? OK. Forget that question. Let’s assume culture is at least some of … Read More.

The Impact of Recession on Culture: And What it Means for Organizations and Leaders

Posted on April 27, 2012 by: Lisa Koss

We do not know yet, if there are long-term consequences for our culture coming out of the recent recession. We can, however, compare these two major global events to extract important lessons for organizations and individuals who are driving change or being driven by changes in their business culture. Plus, personal strategies outlined may help those in a rapidly changing work environment adapt more easily. ... Read more

A busman’s holiday: Balanced Scorecards at the neighborhood cook-out

Posted on May 16, 2011 by: Lisa Koss

"What’s the latest thinking on balanced scorecard?" my neighbor asked me in front of a group at a casual cook-out, having just found out I am a consultant on topics including leadership development and talent management. Oh boy, I thought, here’s a choice whether to defer the question or talk about scorecards in front of … Read More.

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