Power, Love & Tribal Guilty Pleasures

Lessons from anthropology

Jitske Kramer


People are tribal beings who believe they make decisions in the Corporate Jungle based on rational arguments and common sense. That is an appealing thought but under our smart suits we are driven by animal urges and tribal needs. With monkey mountains, pecking orders, loves, powers and ranking. With the longing to be seen as nice, as the best and to be rewarded for that. And, at the same time, with the need for connection in the absolute faith that the other will always be there for you. In this day and age, people often talk about working in swarms, that we need to get and keep moving. We can gaze in enchantment at how birds fly smoothly through the air in constantly changing formations and alternating leadership, covering great distances. But… we are not birds. Put a couple of people on an uninhabited island and an open democracy is not automatically created.

A keynote with anthropological lessons about the interplay between Power & Love and our tribal guilty pleasures. Let yourself be challenged in this humorous and stimulating lecture on your tribal needs and thoughts about cooperation and leadership. This is an absolute must for everyone who is involved with co-creation, agility, inclusion, self-organization, serving-, rotating- and dispersed leadership.

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HumanDimensions looks at companies and organizations through the eyes of an anthropologist. How do people shape cultures and cultures shape people? We travel around the world looking for ways of building strong tribes, safe for diversity and ready for change. And we bring our findings to the world of organizing and cooperating through our excellent keynote speeches, master classes and training courses. Deep Democracy. Inclusion. Diversity. Organizational culture. Leadership.

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