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Organizational change

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.

VIDEO: How Cognitive Science Disrupts Culture

Posted on October 31, 2017 by: Chris Fagan

Enjoy this interview with Ontos Principal with UC Berkeley Haas Business School on how modern cognitive science changes our approach to organizational culture.

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.

“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.

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.

What Diverse and Global Teams Need Most

Posted on January 29, 2014 by: Lisa Koss

The extent to which differences can by productively utilized depends on the amount of information exchange that actually happens. People more naturally share information they already have in common, but this is not the end game. Instead, people must hear from others about information they don’t have access to. ... Read more

A Fresh Approach to Leading Diverse Teams

Posted on November 25, 2013 by: Lisa Koss

Diverse and global teams can dramatically improve their results if they can track the dynamics in their teams and expose what is getting in the way of progress. ... 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.

David White Presents Research on Mental Models of Software Engineers and HR Professionals at Conference

Posted on October 21, 2013 by: Lisa Koss

It probably comes as no surprise that software engineers think differently than human resources professionals (or, for that matter, that doctors think differently than lawyers, etc.). What may be surprising, however, is how these differences manifest in how professional groups think and act. The mental models held by professionals underwrite how groups make sense of … Read More.

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