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Confidential 360-degree Assessments: How Does a Manager Support Without Information?

Posted on May 31, 2017 by: Lisa Koss

Co-founder and Principal, ONTOS global The other day, we received this message from a client:  “Without breaching any confidentiality, can you provide a high level overview of the findings and actions based on my direct report’s 360-degree assessment debrief?”   This is our response:  First, the curiosity and interest in a direct report’s developmental journey is exactly … 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.

A Coaching Client Wants to Develop Her “Leadership Story”: What to Say?

Posted on February 11, 2017 by: Lisa Koss

Co-founder and Principal, ONTOSglobal My coaching client is a woman who was not raised in the US but has been working in the country for a total of about 15 years. Lately, she has being asked to present herself as a “minority” who has made it in her firm.  She’s recently been featured in a business … 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.

Global Leaders, What Does Your Diverse Team Need? (Part I)

Posted on June 21, 2016 by: Lisa Koss

"The extent to which differences can by productively utilized depends on the amount of information exchange that actually happens. And interestingly, people more naturally share information they already have in common, but instead, people must hear from others about information they don’t have access to." ... 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

You’ve Probably Heard Me Speak About Your Breathing

Posted on October 19, 2015 by: Lisa Koss

If you’ve been in one of our workshops where you were practicing your coaching, your communication skills, or your executive presence, you’ve probably heard me comment about your (or someone else’s) breathing.  You’ve probably heard me mention some of what is in this tip, the 10/15/15 Harvard Business Review “Management Tip of the Day.”   Focus … Read More.

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Tips for New Team Leaders

Posted on November 03, 2014 by: Lisa Koss

Today we received these business tips in our inbox from Harvard Business School Management.  We like them, but have added some caveats at the bottom of this post. “New team leaders often skip over the basics of team building in a rush to start achieving goals. But your actions in the first few weeks and … Read More.

SF Giants Baseball and Bruce Bochy: Strategies for Managers of Any Team

Posted on October 19, 2014 by: Lisa Koss

From ESPN, what a fascinating article by Tim Keown on how San Francisco Giants Manager, Bruce Bochy, tracks each individual, does not stick with formulas about who plays when, and prioritizes the team’s longer term success.  There are lessons here for all managers of any kind of team. Excerpt:  “For a slow game, baseball can move … Read More.

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