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Fons Trompenaars

Fons Trompenaars

Authority on Leadership and Cultural Diversity

Fons Trompenaars is known all over the world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of many books on the subject of culture and business. He has spent over 25 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.

 

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Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 05:00 PM|Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 05:45 PM

Guest Keynote: Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is the end result of inclusion, diversity, and good leadership… if you lack one of these three points, you’re not innovative Boards and management are reflecting on the culture and sub-cultures of their organisations more than ever before. They are assessing whether issues exist, their underlying causes and what actions can be taken to evolve their culture, including protecting those critical features that have served them well. Forward thinking leaders have identified that a culture that supports innovation can be a differentiator when competing for customers and talent. Whilst many organizations recognize the importance of digitization, most are struggling to achieve and deliver the business benefits. In today’s fast-paced world driven by digital and social - best practice for digitalization involves not abandoning history and throwing away established core business and totally transferring to a new IT way of doing business, but combining the strengths of both. Research evidence from our consulting practice reveals that leaders and managers find themselves up against a number of key dilemmas when seeking to digitize. By confronting these dilemmas and seeking effective reconciliations between their competing demands, organizations can embed new solutions that synergize older traditional business with the new worlds of IT.’’ The more we go digital, the more we need analogue

About the Speaker

Fons Trompenaars is known all over the world for his work as consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of many books on the subject of culture and business. He has spent over 25 years helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalization, mergers and acquisition, HR and leadership development.

 

Fons studied Economics at the Free University of Amsterdam and later earned a Ph.D. from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation on differences in conceptions of organizational structure in various cultures. He experienced cultural differences firsthand at home, where he grew up speaking both French and Dutch, and then later at work with Shell in nine countries.


Fons wrote Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. This book sold over 120,000 copies and was translated into French, German, Dutch, Korean, Danish, Turkish, Chinese, Hungarian and Portuguese. He is co-author of Seven Cultures of Capitalism, Building Cross-Cultural Competence and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century with Charles Hampden-Turner. Recently he published Riding the Whirlwind, a dynamic new take on creativity and innovation.

Hear it first at Symposium/ITxpo.