Corporate Culture Speaker Fons Trompenaars

Fons Trompenaars

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

Named as one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers of 2011 by HR Magazine. Speaker Fons Trompenaars is a leader in corporate culture and cultural diversity and has collaborated with several Fortune 500 companies. Organizations book Fons Trompenaars to learn about riding the waves of culture, the 7 dimensions of culture, and building high performance organizations.

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    Fons Trompenaars biography

    Corporate culture speaker Fons Trompenaars truly knows how to captivate his audience with his HR speeches. He is a leader when it comes to corporate culture and cultural diversity. Furthermore, he has collaborated with Fortune 500 companies, assisting leaders in improving their performance. 

    Fons obtained a Ph.D. in Economics and specialized in cultural differences in organizational architecture. First-hand knowledge of cultural differences came from growing up speaking both French and Dutch at home. It also came from working for Shell in nine different countries.

    Speaker Fons Trompenaars began working for Shell in 1981, serving in various roles. In 1989 he established the Centre for International Business Studie. The Centre aimed to provide training and consulting services for international management. Later in 1998, his consultancy business changed its name to Trompenaars Hampden-Turner. Numerous companies have hired Fons Trompenaars to help them with their business strategy, including BP, Shell, Philips, Nike, and Heineken.

    In addition to his work as a trainer and consultant, Fons Trompenaars is also a motivational speaker and author of several books on business and culture. With over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 executives and professionals, he has a deep understanding of handling and solving complex business and cultural issues critical to increasing global growth and efficiency.

    Fons is the author of several books, including Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. Riding the Waves sold more than 120,000 copies and was translated into various languages. The book went on to receive the “Book of the Year” award in 1994. 

    Fons and Peter Woolliams co-authored an article called “Lost in Translation,” which was featured in Harvard Business Review in 2011. In addition, Business Magazine has named Fons one of the top 5 management consultants in 1999.

    Moreover, HR Magazine named Fons one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers of 2011. That same year, Thinkers50 included him in their list of influential management thinkers.

    As part of his extensive experience, Fons worked at the Free University Amsterdam, the International Society for Organisational Development, and the Global Institute for Leadership Development.

    Fons Trompenaars Speaking Videos

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

    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.

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