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Organizational change

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.

3 Ingredients for Change: A Coaching Scenario for Leaders

Posted on September 26, 2013 by: Lisa Koss

When I asked her which emotion she experienced as she “braced herself”, she realized that she was experiencing rejection and dis-empowerment. As we continued, she realized she was allowing herself to avoid difficult conversations, enabling dysfunctional behavior in the organization, and was ultimately not being a leader. ... Read more

David White published as Chapter 1 of “The Change Champion’s Field Guide”

Posted on July 24, 2013 by: Lisa Koss

ONTOS Principal, David White, was published as the first chapter of “The Change Champion’s Field Guide:  Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization” by Wiley Publishers in cooperation with the Best Practices Institute (2nd edition). The Chapter is titled, “Driving Change Through Career Models:  An Operating System for Talent Management.” David’s chapter was honored … 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

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