Ontological Coaching / Design & Office 365

We all have pebble in the pond moments throughout our lives. Moments which seem so small, but the ripples have such a big impact on anything it comes in contact with. Everything thereafter is changed.

My introduction to Ontological coaching & design was one of those moments. Of course it makes sense as I believe my life mission is to “Facilitate the evolution of human capabilities”. Which in layman’s terms means “Empowering People”.

I came accross the concept while watching this video by Jason Silva:

Everything we are, is emerging, is unfolding, is being created by the active engagements between the mind and world and the feedback loops therein. Our linguistic and creative choices transform, literally transforms our minds within. So again it shows that there is a sort of a space in which what is without ultimately is within. That there is a circularity that our actions matter. That the choices we make today for our dwellings, our museums our institutional systems , everywhere we place the body mind has to be designed knowing that everything we are designing is designing us back. This is ontological design. This is why it’s important. This is why we basically got to keep that in mind when we upgrade everything. From our refrigerators, to our apartments, to our cars, to our goods and services, to our smartphones. Cause it’s our mind we’re talking about here. That’s ontological design. Excerpt from Video

Of course this way of thinking is not new. Most of us (hopefully) know that our actions influence our lives. The Secret, The Power of Now, law of attraction, postivite thinking and actions etc.

Right now I’m sure you’re asking how I’ve dragged Office 365 into all of this?

I’ve been a trainer for as long as I can remember. Driving school, art classes and eventually technology. The last couple of years I’ve focussed on SharePoint, Microsoft Office and now Office 365. My type of training has never quite “fit in” if you can call it that. Last year on the #aOSRoadtrip in SA, a friend told me that he thought my training was more coaching / mentoring, not MOC stuff — which I totally agree with. It took me some time however to come to grips with that, being human we just want to fit in right?

Looking at the Microsoft Mission as shared by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, I realised that I’m not alone.

“Our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Technology can shape growth, help us to be more agile. We can use technology to change, disrupt the landscape of the industries we participate in. Building technology so that others can build technology and makes things happen. Our success is not dependant on our products, it’s dependant on the success that our customers, our partners have with our products. It’s really not about our ambitions, but it’s the application of our ambitions so that we can deliver digital transformation. I want you to envision, what difference can you make to shape the world.”

How can I not be Geeky about the technology that transforms people? And this brings me to Training, Change Management and in the end, User Adoption.

Everyone is chasing the User Adoption pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but sadly I don’t see many companies achieving this. At conferences I’ll listen to companies sharing their success stories only to have chats with their employees who tell a different story. Are we measuring short term success (numbers), where instead we should be focussing on the long term effects?

Ontology is the study of the nature of being. As ontological coaches, we support our clients in looking first at who they are being and who they want to be, and then let this inform what they want to do and the actions they will take. This creates powerful shifts at a much deeper level creating impact in all areas of their lives. It has clients move into alignment with who they want to be on the planet and into action from a more powerful place that creates sustainable results. Read more…

The idea behind Ontological Coaching is to to facilitate changing the “What and How” people create. Think of the emails we send, the content we create in SharePoint, the collaboration and curation on Teams / Groups / Yammer & Sway, the apps and solutions we build, the services we deploy. To only mention a few. This is our creation, it’s a legacy we leave behind, and in today’s day and age of technological disruption, this also comes back to change us.

I do believe that if we only train the technology without focussing on the other abilities of the user (digital literacy / soft skills), we will not achieve long term success. The biggest stumbling block we have IS digital literacy and we might casually tie that to Age Demographics. Millennials are born with Tech in their DNA and adopt new systems much faster than Baby Boomers or Generation X’s. If you want those groups on board as well, you’ll have to take a step back and ensure that everyone has the necessary skills to adopt and embrace the future of digital transformation.

We need to change the way people create, so that what comes back to create us — is better…

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