Ontos Global - Enabling business transformation across cultures through leadership effectiveness and integrated talent management

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“The EDP (Executive Development Program) is a godsend for Xylem, and the partnership with Ontos has been wonderful.”

Nick Colisto, SVP & CIO, Xylem Inc.

14 languages no numberGlobal Leadership Development & Effectiveness

Our Leadership practice focuses on improving individual and group effectiveness in global environments. Through our world class coaching, group facilitation and customized and multi-faceted development programs, we work to achieve higher levels of performance as well as personal and professional success.

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Sample Programs


This unique, intensive program brings organizational leaders from different parts of the globe — with a focus on high-potential, emerging middle/upper management — who want to increase their effectiveness and results in their own global teams and organizations.  Such leaders are motivated to increase their cultural competence and are interested in creating a more synergistic experience in the contexts in which they operate.

What participants get:

The program is designed for leaders who…

Program basics:


We use a highly interactive and practical, hybrid model, integrating self-awareness, action learning, small & large group experiences, reflection, personal case studies, as well as one-on-one coaching to support the integration of learning.

The content of our program will provide grounding in:


OTHER PROGRAMS FOR TEAMS:  Improving cohesiveness and results

Team Effectiveness Consult and Process Support:  We assess your team so you can more accurately determine what is getting in the way of the effectiveness of your team and what you can do about it.   We support the team over a series of real-life meetings in improving team efficiency and decision-making, increasing the team integration and faster results.  We work with the entire team in person or in a virtual environments.  Design and delivery of leadership programs: executive teams, high-potentials, and groups driving change across boundaries.  We specialize in working with teams that are challenged in that they are highly diverse as individuals.

Workshop: “High Functioning Teams – An experiential workshop
Are you open to new learning experience where participants practice real time what it takes to become high functioning?  Guided by an expert facilitator, experience what happens when we set a scenario and watch the group do what they will do.  On day two, we draw conclusions, share best practices and walk away with strategies to apply back at work.

Presentation:  “Principles of Successful Diverse Teams”
Studies indicate that teams with diverse members will either underperform or outperform a more homogeneous team, depending on the skills of its leaders and members.  Learn what works and create a plan for yourself about how to bring your team to the next level of efficiency and productivity.


 Presentation:  “What is Executive Presence and How Do I Get It?
An interactive presentation to identify the principal elements of executive presence in the context of your work environment, and to examine its relationship to power and confidence.  Experience an exercise to heighten awareness about personal style and learn practical ideas to bring the full self forward in any situation.  Come away with insights into yourself and aspiring change agents can use their personal presence to increase their own success, as well as the success of their organization.  This presentation is customized to your industry and work environment.

WorkshopManager as Coach I / Manager as Coach II
Coaching has been shown to be the most effective developmental approach for any motivated person.  Why then, are so few managers skilled in this mode of working with their people?

Our 2-day leadership development program gives managers a practical, hands-on coaching method to be better leaders and coaches.  It is highly experiential and emphasizes skill practice with extensive facilitator and peer feedback. We begin by letting the managers themselves experience coaching and graduate to giving managers many opportunities to experience how to engage and motivate others in solving their own dilemmas.

The focus is primarily for people managers and a customized version is available for senior leaders.

We include:
– Coaching Manual (35-page resource)
– Tools for participants to take with them
– A process for the participant group to form peer groups to continue their practice with each other after leaving the program
– An individual, follow-up coaching call

Workshop:  Negotiating Across Cultures
This 2-day, highly interactive workshop, participants learn a powerful negotiation framework to become more skillful and confident at influencing and negotiating.  Participants use their own real case studies to apply the concepts presented.  We also practice the topics of influencing, managing conflict, and the most important elements of global, cross-boundary negotiating.

Workshop:  Tough Conversations
Research shows that those who effectively manage tough conversations are those that ultimately are promoted.  We’ve all been in situations with others that require tough conversations.  But even while we know the conversation is ultimately unavoidable, we often postpone those conversations for as long as possible because we don’t know what to say and fear a negative outcome.  This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to build on what they already know about emotional intelligence — and practice what to say and how to say it – so that the anxiety is significantly reduced and so issues can be resolved faster and with much improved outcomes.  Tailored to a 1-day or 2-day program.


The structure of a coaching arrangement is aligned with the client’s needs, and thus is customized upon talking to the client him or herself, as well as with the person who is sponsoring the coaching.

Average of 5-8 hours/month for the duration of the contract, may include (but not limited to):  coaching sessions with client, 360-degree assessment interviews, data analysis, feedback to client, recommendation of resources, and design and preparation of “homework” (as necessary).

Sample length:  9 months.  Coaching is with a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), which denotes a minimum of 750 paid hours of client coaching, in addition to competence and ethics evaluations.


Ever run a strategy session and 6 months later wonder why all the great ideas haven’t been implemented?

We do too.

Mind you, we’re big believers in strategy, and strategy sessions. We believe leaders need focused time, usually in dedicated off-site sessions with their teams to lay out strategy pillars, chart vision, build trust and gain buy-in. These are key steps in planned change.

The problem is too many change efforts end at the conclusion of the offsite. It is as if the energy and good will and momentum begin to dissipate the moment participants go home. Usually this is not because participants lack skill or conviction or good intent. It’s just that in large scale change, more is needed.

If the change is fundamental – concerning, say, the core way your firm builds products or engages customers or goes to market – structural change will need to accompany the trust and good will engendered through the planning work.

And by ‘structural’ we don’t just mean move the boxes on the org chart. What we mean is in order for the change to be sustained action is needed at all levels of the system – with individual leaders through ongoing coaching, through highly targeted leadership development, through intensive trust-building with teams, and through integrating your talent management infrastructure to ensure your HR systems and processes reinforce and sustain the change. And yes, it begins with powerful planning and trust-building with leaders and their teams.

And all the better if each of these activities are planned and implemented in culturally competent ways. This means paying attention to how communication and action is enacted across regions, nationalities as well as divisional and professional boundaries.

That is what we do.

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