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 a human among humans in organisations and beyond. In 2012 she put Lewis method of Deep Democracy on the map in the Netherlands and she now works with a team of instructors to provide Deep Democracy training courses. She is always looking for ways to build strong tribes and 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 and results of individuals and groups (and to make the world a more beautiful place). She trains people, so that we never have to have meetings again. She takes you along in narratives that create space for new ways of seeing and new ways of dealing. Gradually, what is familiar becomes strange. And what is strange becomes familiar.
Jitske Kramer, MA (1973). Corporate anthropologist. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Facilitator. Founder of HumanDimensions. 2013 Trainer of the Year. Author of Deep Democracy (NL), Wow! What a Difference, The Corporate Tribe (2016 Management Book of the Year), Building Tribes (NL), Voodoo (NL) and Jam Cultures - about inclusion.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT JITSKE
“Jitske Kramer is one of the best speakers in the Netherlands. She connects, has a sense of 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 theater for developement 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, developing her skills in psychodrama and voice dialogue. By now, she has trained thousands of people in all kinds of functional roles, in all kinds of sectors, with a specific focus on international cooperation. She managed 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’, Jitske outlines her vision on leadership in intercultural teams. Important focus areas are the dynamics of difference, in misunderstandings, differing perspectives and power struggles. This story takes her from London to Dubai to Jakarta. In addition to keynotes and master classes, she also coaches international teams and works as a consultant for organization development in factories in India and Germany.
Many of the questions asked by clients are about how to deal with and how to bridge differences. Differences between people (gender, ethnicity), between teams (combined teams, multi-functional teams) and between departments (mergers, 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 principles in her book, ‘Wow! What a difference’.
Around 2009 Jitske was gripped by the philosophy and methods of Deep Democracy. A decision-making method developed in post-apartheid South Africa, in which 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: cabaret, 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
Jitske co-authored the bestseller ‘The Corporate Tribe’, which was named Management Book of the Year in 2016 and which has been translated into English, German, Russian and Vietnamese. The book Building Tribes was published in 2018.
The book ‘Jam Cultures – Over Inclusie: meedoen, meepraten, meebeslissen’ is published in 2019. It is a book about diversity, inclusion, boundaries, leadership, power, privileges, conflicts, emotions, curiosity, differences and similarities. In Jam Cultures, you will learn to see inclusion as a jam session, where you come together with courage and connection.
As a speaker, author, trainer and facilitator, Jitske broadens the curiosity and perspective of cultural anthropology, along with her team of Human Dimensions. In the Netherlands and abroad. She specializes in brief, impactful interventions, keynotes and master classes during change processes. Her approach can sometimes be disruptive, turning everything upside down, coherently disturbing the status quo and dealing with conflicts. Other times she focuses on bringing people together, connecting, establishing order and harmony. Practical tools are combined with clear theoretical frameworks and anthropological insights.
Human Dimensions facilitates large and small groups in having honest conversations with forms of dialogue from all over the world. Fighting together for what is currently the highest attainable and best decision.
JITSKE KRAMER ON TV
Jitske occasionally appears on television.