Jitske Kramer (1973) is a corporate anthropologist. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Facilitator. Founder of HumanDimensions. Author of ‘Managing Cultural Dynamics’ (Dutch title: Normaal is Anders!’), ‘Deep Democracy – the wisdom of the minority’ (Dutch only), ‘Wow! What a difference’, and co-author of The Corporate Tribe (management book of the year 2016). Jitske Kramer travels around the world searching for ways to build strong tribes and to reinforce the relationships between people. And then she brings that knowledge back to the world of organizing, cooperation and leadership through challenging keynotes and master classes. To improve the strength of individuals and groups (and to make the world more inclusive and beautiful).
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT JITSKE
“Jitske Kramer is one of the best speakers in the Netherlands. She connects, has humor, is open-minded and energetic. She provokes you into thinking deeply and speaking out. She gazes into the depths with flair and courage. Looking for surprising new insights and their practical applicability. Unifying and forceful.”
GLOBETROTTING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Jitske Kramer studied cultural anthropology and was trained as an ethnographer. She specialized in theatre of development in Uganda. Back in the Netherlands, she started her career as a trainer/consultant with Boertien Training working in the field of communication and leadership development, developing her skills in pschyodrama and voice dialogue. She has trained hundreds of people in all kinds of functional roles, in all kinds of sectors, with a specific focus on international cooperation. She steered the Bridging Cultures group of experts which focuses on intercultural skills and global leadership. In 1996, Jitske started to work for herself under the name of HumanDimensions, with clients both at home and abroad.
In her first book ‘Managing Cultural Dynamics’ (Dutch title: Normaal is Anders!’), Jitske set out her vision of how to manage intercultural teams, with a focus on the dynamics of differences, cultural misunderstandings, ranking and power struggles. This book has taken her from London to Dubai, to Jakarta. In addition to giving keynote speeches and master classes, she is active in facilitating international teams, and as a consultant on organizational development in factories in India and Germany.
Many of the questions from clients are about how to deal with, and how to bridge, differences. Differences between people (gender, ethnicity, culture), between teams (combined teams, multidisciplinary) and between departments (merged, reorganizations). From her experience with and research into these topics, Jitske has distilled eight principles that encourage an inclusive, open work culture. In an inclusive culture, every person is done justice, goals are attained and the full potential of the organization is utilized. She describes these principle in her book ‘Wow! What a difference.”
Around 2009 Jitske was gripped by the philosophy and methods of Deep Democracy. A method developed by Myrna Lewis during post-apartheid South Africa, in which conflicts are reconciliated and the wisdom of the minority is included in the majority decisions. Journeys to South Africa followed in order to learn the art of this method from the founder, Myrna Lewis. The book ‘Deep Democracy - de wijsheid van de minderheid' (Dutch only) was written and has since become a bestseller. In 2012, Jitske started giving Deep Democracy training courses, which were so successfully received that she now works with a team of licensed instructors to meet the demand for them.
TRAINER OF THE YEAR
In 2013 Jitske was chosen by her peers and clients as the trainer of the year. The jury report stated:
"As an anthropologist, Jitske adds elements that are not yet familiar to the world of trainers. In particular, her work in the field of Deep Democracy offers trainers an extra set of intervention opportunities that were unknown to date. Jitske has an international network. She knows how to connect cultures with each other in an inimitable manner and in doing so goes beyond the limits of what the average trainer has to offer: music, the best possible interaction of her audiences with each other, intercultural solidarity, to name but a few. Her theme of ‘inclusion’ contributes substantively to the attitude of trainers. In her work, the minority gains a voice, which is of crucial importance to all disciplines in the profession of trainers”.
MANAGEMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR
In 2014 she founded the Academie voor Organisatiecultuur (Academy for Organizational Culture) with Danielle Braun and together they wrote the bestseller ‘The Corporate Tribe’, awarded the title of 2016 Management Book of the Year. They developed the unique academic course in Corporate Anthropology that attracted a lot of students very quickly. In 2017, as the crowning glory for their work, they received the title ‘Embassy for Tolerance’. After four wonderful and intense years of working together, it was time for Jitske to move on in a new direction once again.
JITSKE KRAMER NOW
In 2018 Jitske is moving on with HumanDimensions, to work together with a group of dedicated people to realize their ambition of energizing organizations, by making them wildly attractive to all of the employees, clients, suppliers and the world. We work with people who are searching for better ways in which to work, live and be together. As a speaker, author, trainer and facilitator Jitske is pushing boundaries of the curiosity and philosophy of the cultural anthropologist. Both in The Netherlands and beyond its borders. She specializes in making short interventions, giving keynote speeches and master classes that have a high impact during change processes. Her approach can sometimes be disruptive, turning everything upside down, coherently disturbing the status quo and facilitating people through their conflicts. Other times she focuses on being together, reconnecting people, fun and establishing harmony. Practical tools are combined with clear theoretical frameworks and anthropological insights. HumanDimensions facilitates both large and small groups in conducting genuine conversations using forms of dialogue from all over the world. Fighting together for the most than can be achieved and the best decision to be taken at that moment.