Fons Trompenaars Keynote Topics
Riding the Waves of Culture
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.
The 7 Dimensions of Culture: Cross-cultural competence & Management
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.
Corporate Culture: Building high performance organizations and cultures
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.