Fons Trompenaars

Cultural Diversity Guru. Best-selling Author, The Seven Cultures of Capitalism; Riding the Waves of Culture & Servant Leadership Across Cultures

Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

Travels From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fons Trompenaars is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Fons Trompenaars

    Cultural Diversity Guru. Best-selling Author, The Seven Cultures of Capitalism; Riding the Waves of Culture & Servant Leadership Across Cultures

    Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

    Travels From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Fons Trompenaars is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Fons Trompenaars Speaker Biography

    Fons Trompenaars is one of the best HR Speakers in the world as he is considered one of the top cultural diversity and corporate culture experts. He has worked with top Fortune 500 companies and helped countless leaders to achieve higher levels of performance with optimal cross-cultural management and servant leadership.

    BACKGROUND

    Fons Trompenaars studied Economics at the Free University of Amsterdam and later earned a Ph.D. from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on differences in conceptions of organizational structure in various cultures. He experienced cultural differences firsthand at home, where he grew up speaking both French and Dutch, and then later at work with Shell in nine countries.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Fons joined Shell in 1981 and moved into the Personnel Division for Shell in Rotterdam. From 1985, he worked in job classification and management development at the Shell Research Laboratories in Amsterdam. In 1989 he founded the Centre for International Business Studies, a consulting and training organization for international management. Since 1998 we operate as Trompenaars Hampden-Turner. Fons Trompenaars has worked as a consultant for Shell, BP, ICI, Philips, Heineken, TRW, Mars, Motorola, General Motors, Nike, Cable and Wireless, CSM and Merrill Lynch.

    EXPERTISE

    Fons Trompenaars is known all over the world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of many books on the subject of culture and business. He has spent over 25 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.

    PUBLICATIONS

    Fons wrote Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. This book sold over 120,000 copies and was translated into French, German, Dutch, Korean, Danish, Turkish, Chinese, Hungarian and Portuguese. He is co-author of Seven Cultures of Capitalism, Building Cross-Cultural Competence and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century with Charles Hampden-Turner. Recently he published Riding the Whirlwind, a dynamic new take on creativity and innovation. Fons has co-written an article with Peter Woolliams entitled “Lost in Translation” regarding culture and failure, which was published in the April 2011 online issue of the Harvard Business Review.

    AWARDS

    In 1991 Fons was awarded the International Professional Practice Area Research Award by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He was mentioned as one of the top 5 management consultants, next to Michael Porter, Tom Peters and Edward de Bono in a leading Business magazine in August 1999.

    Fons was voted one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers 2011 by HR Magazine. He is also ranked in the Thinkers50 to be one of the most influential management thinkers alive in November 2011 and shortlisted as making substantial strides in the contribution to the understanding of globalization and the new frontiers established by the emerging markets.

    In 1994 the translation of his book Riding the Waves of Culture was awarded “Book of the Year” by the Order of Experts and Consultants on Organization (OOA), a Dutch management organization. The third edition has just recently been published stateside and in Europe in 2012.

    POSITIONS

    • Co-Director at the Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education (SLCRE) at the Free University Amsterdam.
    • Member of Advisory Board Webster University Leiden.
    • Distinguished Advisor of Centre for TransCultural Studies at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.
    • International Director at the International Society for Organisational Development.
    • Faculty member at the Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD).
    • Judge of the Fons Trompenaars award for Innovation and Creativity at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

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    Fons Trompenaars Keynote Topics

    Why do we have so many crises? Fons Trompenaars uses his knowledge and experience of his mixed cultural background to explain how cultural differences often lead to misunderstandings between people, but also how to seize the opportunities that diversity brings to organizations, and the world.

    Fons is recognised around the world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business. As founder and director of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (THT), an intercultural management firm, he has spent over 25 years helping Fortune 500 leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance.

    Dr. Trompenaars says that culture has many layers, like an onion. On the outside, we find the expressions, the products of culture. Things like the architecture we build, the food we eat, the language we speak or the way we behave. But Fons argues that we need to be careful as these outside expressions can have different interpretations. In this fascinating speech, Fons will talk about the 7 dimensions of culture.Cultures can be universalistic or particularistic; individualistic or collectivistic; neutral or affective; specific vs diffuse; achievement-oriented vs ascribe ones. Time is the 6th dimension and it also affects culture (short-time oriented vs long-time oriented; past, presented or future oriented cultures). Finally, our relationship with nature also determines if we are a culture that tries to control it, or if we think nature controls us. Besides explaining the differences, Fons will talk about how cultures can reconcile their differences and how multi-cultural teams can work effectively and use the best of each culture to succeed.

    Data shows that companies that have a strong corporate culture and a set of clearly defined values perform better, and culture experts like Fons Trompenaars agree that it's one of the most crucial factors that predict if a company will succeed over time or not. In this session, corporate culture expert Fons Trompenaars will talk about the different types of corporate culture that exist and how can companies and leaders implement the right set of values and goals that will drive performance and will make their employees feel identified with the organization.

    Fons Trompenaars Speaking Videos

    Riding the Waves of Culture: Fons Trompenaars' TEDx speech
    Fons Trompenaars speech on culture