In this keynote, through Jitske’s unique travel experiences, you will learn how people around the world encounter similar issues: how to handle change, leadership, conflict, goodbyes, mergers. The different unique cultural answers to these universal questions are food for thought. This is an extraordinary keynote which will challenge your own world view and your ideas about what is normal and abnormal. What is strange becomes familiar. And what is familiar becomes strange.
We will determine the exact route of the journey during the intake session. The journey might include stories from and about the Sinai Desert, the voodoo of Togo, curious rituals in India, marabouts in Gambia, taxi drivers in Malaysia, fountains in Friesland, ta’arof in Iran, wedding drama in Las Vegas, silent meetings among the Quakers…. Jitske uses these travel stories to establish links with your own daily practice. Various themes can be covered here, such as: handling change, working together better, conflicts, mergers, rituals, leadership, goodbyes, and inclusion.
In your encounter with another person, you can learn a lot about them, but you can learn at least as much about yourself. You will learn to look beyond your own judgment. And that’s not always easy, because we are full of prejudices and mindbugs. When you see something, you often form an opinion immediately. You often already have an opinion about someone before you’ve even met them. How can you keep looking at things with an open perspective? How do you arrive at your opinions and judgments? And how can we move away from them? How normal is your normal really? You are challenged to really open yourself up, without filling everything in with your own (advance) judgments. To not immediately think: ‘do we have to do it that way?’ Instead, be open, curious and full of wonder. To better understand the other person (colleague, customer, client, student, manager, etc.). And to better understand yourself in the process.
Slight confusion and mild doubts are signs of an investigative attitude. A different perspective allows you to see more. Including in your own work and organization. In addition to the compiled travel programs described above, Jitske also has the following two very special keynotes.