Jam Cultures

Authors: Jitske Kramer - 2019

Publisher: Management Impact

Language: Dutch

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About inclusion: who can join the doing, the talking, the deciding.

‘Diversity is about being invited to the party. Inclusion is about being asked to join in and dance.’ ? Vern? Myers

Complex issues can only be solved from a variety of perspectives. But confrontations with people holding opposing views is not just creative, fun and enriching. It also requires the courage to look into contrasts, to trust strangers and to bring your own beliefs up for discussion.

Inclusion is a hot topic. It is about who is allowed to participate in what, who is allowed to contribute input on which topics and who is allowed a say in decision-making. And who are not. In other words: it is about boundaries, leadership, power, privileges, conflicts, emotions, curiosity, differences and similarities. Collaborations fail because of different organization cultures. Decisions are less good because not all insights are heard. People are excluded because of their race, religion, age or sexual orientation. Inclusive leadership is one of the biggest challenges of our time.

In Jam Cultures, you will learn to see inclusion as a jam session, where you come together with courage and connection. Everyone dares to make their own voice heard, to create a better whole together, in constant harmonization. Separate yet together. With strong boundaries and loving attention. Tough and loving at the same time.

Jam Cultures is a compelling book in which Jitske Kramer describes heavy themes in a light-hearted manner. With five essential themes and eight principles to work on and an energetic language to discuss sore points. She makes you think. About how much diversity you can handle. And want to handle. And have to handle. Join the Jam.

Jitske Kramer travels all over the world to learn from traditional healers, leaders, surprising innovators and random passers-by. She looks at the world and at organizations through the eyes of an anthropologist. Cultural anthropology is the discipline that asks what it means to be humans together. She encourages people and organizations to be wildly attractive. She is the founder of Human Dimensions, much sought-after speaker and author of Deep Democracy, Wow! What a Difference, and co-author of The Corporate Tribe (2016 Management Book of the Year) and Building Tribes.

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HumanDimensions looks at companies and organizations through the eyes of an anthropologist. We look at how people shape cultures, and how cultures shape people. We travel the world looking for ways to build strong tribes, that are diversity-friendly and ready for change. And we bring our findings to the world of organization and cooperation through our excellent keynote speeches, master classes and training courses. Deep Democracy. Inclusion. Diversity. Organizational culture. Leadership.

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