Jitske is an international expert in the area of diversity, inclusion and change. Working as a coach / consultant / facilitator in the field of communication, teamwork and leadership, she specialized ...
Jitske is an international expert in the area of diversity, inclusion and change. Working as a coach / consultant / facilitator in the field of communication, teamwork and leadership, she specialized in cross cultural issues and leading cultural change. In 2006 she founded the international network organization HumanDimensions and in 2013 she co-founded the Academy for Organizational Culture.It is Jitskes ambition to (re)connect people through their differences. In other words: to release and synchronize the power of differences to drive execution power. To embed desired (new) behavior into the everyday routine of teams and organizations. Jitske facilitates teams and leaders to manage their (cultural) polarities, improve their decision-making processes and to create new ways of doing. Jitske is a certified Voice Dialogue coach, Deep Democracy facilitator and Psychodramatist.She frequently speaks on these issues in the Netherlands and throughout the world (Dubai, Germany, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bolivia, South Africa). To give an impression of her keynotes / master classes:Keynote / master class: 8 Principles to create a culture of inclusion (2h)Diversity brings innovation and creativity, provided it is managed well. It takes a certain type of leadership and set of inclusive behaviors to use the dynamics of differences to your advantage. In this master class you will:
Keynote / master class: Cultural Rhythm Worlds (2h - 4h)This master-class offers a unique opportunity to discover the different communications styles that exist worldwide and the effects of these on the communication process. Our approach is unique, because we use the universal language of rhythms and music to understand our cultural differences on a deeper level. Be prepared for a musical voyage of discovery, based around the Richard Lewis cultures model, with very practical tips and insights. Follow this link for an impression of this approach.Questions we will answer are:
It is possible to combine this master class with The Culture Active. This assessment is based on the cultural model of Richard Lewis. It gives insight into your personal cultural profile. You will be able to compare your personal profile with 100 country profiles. It includes a yearlong access to a website with an enormous database of cultural knowledge about these 80 countries.Master class: International Teamwork (4h)Following a brief introduction about culture, participants will be immersed in a simulation in which they are confronted in a very lively way with the effects of differences. The simulation will be debriefed effectively looking at emotional reactions, power dynamics and ways to tune into each other and to improve levels of trust and understanding. Followed by a theoretical explanation on how (team) culture develops, understanding basic cultural dilemmas (theory of Trompenaars and Hofstede) and what leaders can do to work with these cultural differences in a constructive way. Not only to open-up to differences, but also to create new ways of doing by using inclusive decision making skills.Keynote / master class: Real culture change by going viral (2h)There is no culture change, unless behaviors change. In this lecture, Jitske Kramer will show you the anthropological view on corporate culture. To change a culture, we first need to really understand what it is that we talk about. Once we have this deeper understanding, we can craft strategies to change the collective patterns of thought and behaviors in an organization. As you will learn, the most effective strategies combine dialogue, storytelling and peer-to-peer influence. When groups start doing things the new way, other groups follow. Stories of success spread. When the new behavior goes viral, you know that change is on its way.Master class: Leadership of change and international strategic influencing (4-8h)"We need to convince people from all over the world about our plans, how can we do this?" What works in Spain may have a completely different effect in China. Furthermore, it is important to know who really takes the decision and what the channels of influence are. These can differ markedly from one culture to another. We will use the high impact LingHe computer-simulation, developed by Insead. In this simulation participants are challenged to create change in a Chinese organization. The debrief will be on personal beliefs on how people change and how these beliefs are connected to cultural assumptions.
Fred van Eenennaam has worked with me during his years at the Faculty of economics and business administration of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Fred was also one of my doctoral students. I was extremely sorry to see him leave our department and move to Nyenrode Business University, where he has been so successful in developing new initiatives.
Fred is a very good researcher, who has the talent to identify theoretically interesting research questions that also appeal to managers in practice. His doctoral dissertation on marketing standardisation is a very good example of this. The research question is of great practical relevance and he approached it with the best available research methods. He also was able to persuade 137 managers in large European companies to fill in a detailed questionnaire.
Students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam gave Fred’s lectures very high scores in the bi-annual evaluation of teachers. He has the talent to make them interested in matters that may not be on their plate for some time to come. Fred has an extensive experience as a consultant and this was of great importance in convincing the students that the theory he taught in the classroom, would also be important for their future career.
I attended several of Fred’s presentations for business audiences. These always had a clear structure, were always up-to-date from a theoretical point of view as well as from a point of view of what is happening in business, and delivered with great enthusiasm. His practical examples underscore the points he wants to make. His experience in many national and international settings give the audience the feeling that they are addressed by someone who knows the worlds of theory and business intimately. This is a rare combination.
"Jitske was an excellent speaker at EPWN event “The 8 guidelines to inclusive cultures”, making it a huge success with her energy and fresh ideas. The topic is hot and has a lot of speakers;...
"If you want to learn how to understand and connect with business leaders around the world - Jitske is the perfect person for you to work with. Her programs make learning this intricate skill easy...
"Jitske was an excellent speaker at EPWN event “The 8 guidelines to inclusive cultures”, making it a huge success with her energy and fresh ideas. The topic is hot and has a lot of speakers; it’s her charisma and deep understanding of the subject that makes the difference. Engaged and engaging, open and clearly passionate about her view on cultural diversity. ?Thanks for making it fun and memorable experience."
"If you want to learn how to understand and connect with business leaders around the world - Jitske is the perfect person for you to work with. Her programs make learning this intricate skill easy and enjoyable. She is a true professional - you can't go wrong."