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Organizational culture

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.

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.

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.

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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