The Language of Ontological Coaching and the Contributions of Fernando Flores with Robert Dunham

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Based on the foundations of Ontological Design and the field of Embodied Leadership developed by Richard Strozzi Heckler, Robert Dunham has developed the field of Generative Leadership

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Dr. Fernando Flores developed the discipline of Ontological Design in the 1980’s. Since that time the field of ontological coaching has been extended most notably by Julio Olalla of The Newfield Network. Based on the foundations of Ontological Design and the field of Embodied Leadership developed by Richard Strozzi Heckler, Robert Dunham has developed the field of Generative Leadership. He holds two degrees from Stanford University.

With these foundations Bob has reconstructed the field’s of management practice, organizational design, and leadership skill. Bob talks about the key distinctions that Flores developed, and how these have informed the coaching field through ontological coaching, including the integrated framework of language, body, and history; moods and mood management; how action is a domain of coordination; the power of conversations and speech acts; embodiment and learning; and reconstruction of fields of discourse.

Bob traces how Flores built on the work of prior thinkers, including philosophers of language John Austin and John Searle, the biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, and continental philosophy, notably Martin Heidegger.

Bob shows how this body of work informs and enables a new dimension to coaching, leadership, and organizational performance.

Bob Dunham has developed the discipline of Generative Leadership for over twenty-five years and founded the Mastering Professional Management program which supports managers to create significant increases in their impact on their organizations, their incomes, and careers. He founded The Company of Leaders, a group engaged in life-long practice of leadership in 2001 and Institute for Generative Leadership in 2006. He has trained hundreds of executives in disciplines of management based on the language of leadership, embodied learning, and long-term practice.

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