Rituals in organizations

Lessons from anthropology

Jitske Kramer


Rituals have important functions. They make sure we can distinguish the extraordinary from the ordinary. Culture arranges our daily, everyday lives. Rituals arrange the extraordinary and the inexplicable. Rituals mark transitions. They establish the norm, offer comfort for setbacks. Let us celebrate successes. Rituals are essential to change and transition. You will realize during this keynote that change without magic is hopeless.

Jitske Kramer will travel with you to different places in the world. Using striking images, stories and films. You will discover the function of rituals, how you can identify them, how you can recognize functional and dysfunctional rituals in your organization. And how to design a good culture fit ritual. Indispensible anthropological knowledge for every leader, consultant, trainer, interim manager, coach… everyone working with growth, development and change.

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During a masterclass there is more time for questions and how to translate the topics to your organization. We’ll use our intake session to discuss the focus and the topics that need more exploration. What kind of magic do you have in your organization? Which rituals do you already have? What is missing? And how do you make a suitable ritual for your organization, team, and or change program?

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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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