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Kevin O'Gorman

I help people, teams, and organizations grow into new ways of thinking, being, and acting. 

My work: 

  1. Creates a personal and social forum in which people step back from the unconscious bubble/snow globe they/(we all) live in so they can, watch it, consider it, deconstruct its origins (if needed), and understand how it functions in and impacts their lives. This applies to personal and professional growth and also culture change where the social contract and culture need to be addressed and aligned.

  2. Enhances agency so people experience a much larger and diverse buffet of ideas, identities, and sense of self allowing them to generate/author personal and social narrative ‘realities’ as needed.

Results include higher agility, resilience, and agency affecting how people engage events, relationships, and how they relate to their thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. For the individual, this translates into an increase in analysis, strategic thinking, self-confidence, and social influence which are key elements of leadership. For the organization, there is an increase in collective sense-making, diversity of perspectives and new ideas, problem-solving, collaboration, and overall performance. 

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Why/Point-of-View

The human ability to adapt, and the degree to which we avoid it, has always fascinated me. How can we be so well-equipped to change and so ill-equipped to set that change in motion? Over time, I saw that we both inherit and create stories which we usually live within, completely forgetting we can rewirite -- and own as author -- the story, the play, and the theater.  

Change requires changing our relationship to these stories. At Neuragility, we provide processes so people ond organizations re-own their capacities to generate new narratives -- new personal and social realities.  This is not always easy. Often, when the complexity of our circumstances overwhelms the stories we have been living within, our identity and beliefs -- what we have come to think of as ourselves, feels threatened. We may have to take apart and recombine whom we think we are, and our assumptions about how the world works. Creating these new relationships takes detachment, discipline, reflection, humility, curiosity, and courage. 

Beyond our stories, which both enable and constrain us, we have a kaleidoscope of capacities, notions, and strategies that can be recombined in infinite ways. Therefore, we should have no trouble adapting to constant, disruptive, and dynamic change. Yet, too often, we try to cope with complex disruption by using old patterns built for less complex situations -- while also demanding the world conform to our historical comforts. 

To create the individual and collective complexity we need, we start by questioning our assumptions about how the world works and who we are, we learn new ways to think and take action, as well as connect and reflect, We become fluid, flexible, and generative leading to new insights and better outcomes. We share our perspectives, recombining them in new ways.

About me

I traveled extensively as a business consultant across five continents and 35 countries helping people, teams, and organizations leverage challenges and opportunities. I grew up near downtown Manhattan in a nice suburb but went to high school in an inner-city, worked on a dairy farm in upstate New York, a golf course in Vermont, hitchhiked to Alaska, and lived in a treehouse. For most of my adult life, I called San Francisco home, though I've lived in San Diego, the center of Paris, and a Georgian in Dublin. A US and EU citizen, I am curious about the world, people, history, and ideas (see Mind Map below). 

Favorite Quotes

“Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices"  William James

"Without your wounds where would your power be?" Thornton Wilder

Bio

Experience

Forty years of experience in business and psychology applied to consulting, training, coaching, and public speaking from first-line managers to the C-suite on five continents. Currently, I am the founder (2020) and Managing Director of Neuragility; ten years prior I spent with the Center for Creative Leadership leading leadership strategy, client teams, creating and designing leadership programs, and providing coaching, and sales partnerships. Prior to CCL, I led, for twenty years as Managing Director, Ideation, a San Francisco-based consulting, coaching, and training firm with a global team of affiliates in Moscow, London, Paris, and Singapore. Ideation focused on disruptive organizational change, executive development, cross-cultural agility, and M&A culture integration. 

Before Ideation, I worked in market research, retail sales, and corporate account management in high-tech. Later, I became Director, Marketing, and Sales for a boutique consulting firm in Palo Alto, CA, and held the position of Acting Director, Human Resources for a San Francisco Bay Area software company. I started my career as a psychotherapist and organizational development consultant. 

The bases of my work:  

1.A systems, narrative, and neurocognitive science-based approach to personal and organizational change, strategy, culture, talent, and leadership development. 

2.An action-focused, robust decision model that helps leaders make more strategic decisions. 

3.An existential development approach that deepens and expands the people's worldviews providing greater perspective and agency so leaders can better engage and lead people through new strategies and change. 

Education

I started as a Philosophy major and eventually transferred to the University of Vermont where I studied an applied systems approach, mapping natural systems to Social Work, and then moved to Education and Counseling Psychology receiving a BS, Education. I also hold an MA, Counseling Psychology from Antioch-New England with concentrations in Organizational Development and Family Systems. Later in my career, I moved to Ireland to conduct (ABD) doctoral work in the Business School, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland on how leaders can more effectively frame and create transformational change using metaphor.

Publications

  • Essential Elements for Developing High-Potentials, in The Handbook for Coaching in Organizations, 2015, CCL

  • The Unclaimed Self: Reclaiming Your Life and Transcending Your Times, Book in Progress:  

My Mind Map

Reference Points

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