JITSKE KRAMER & WORKING CULTURES AFTER CORONA 

Jitske sees the corona virus as a global culture shock. A keynote about dealing with changes, hybrid working and remote leadership

For this time of major changes, Jitske Kramer puts together special keynotes about the impact of the corona virus measures on society, organizations, and teams. And what this requires in terms of leadership and cooperation. For an anthropologist, these are fascinating times. Jitske keeps a close eye on developments in society and in organizations as a result of the corona culture shock. We can learn so much from the world around us right now. This lecture moves with the spirit of the times and is therefore slightly different every month.

Corona culture shock. Work has left the building. And how will it com back in? Connection, hybrid working, leadership and change.

The corona virus calls for getting a grip in uncertain times. How can we keep connecting remotely?

The corona virus measures are constantly changing. In her keynotes, she plays into the current dynamics and questions. Questions like: Is this a crisis or a transformation? How to lead remotely? How to collaborate on a project if you can’t get together? How to maintain connections and pride? How to ensure no one is overcome with loneliness or overwhelmed by the workload? How to train new people? How to discuss difficult topics and maintain a good atmosphere when working remotely? In short: how are you adapting your organizational culture to this new context? But also: how do we know what is true? Why are conspiracies getting so much media coverage now? How are we dealing with different perspectives?

‘Are you going through a crisis or a transformation?’

(Online) Keynote: Work has left the building

During the intake, we will determine the duration, methods of interaction, and content focus

The coronavirus has brought about a collective, worldwide culture shock. One moment, we lose all courage and the other, we feel a flood of energy to persevere. Our human habits and routines have been thrown out of whack. It feels like freakish waves of emotion that can overwhelm us. But in fact, there are four predictable stages that everyone goes through at a slightly different pace.

The effect of this culture shock is that we are confronted with sudden, major changes. In this lecture, Jitske discusses what those changes require in terms of leadership and cooperation. In the meantime, these extraordinary times call for leadership with power, love, and a clear plan for change. The essential question here is: Are you going through a crisis or a transformation? When approaching a crisis, your focus is to get back to how things were as quickly as possible, with minimal changes, while maintaining a number of good things. In a transformation, you take this extraordinary time and seize the opportunity to make radical changes and solve long-term problems.

Moreover, the majority of our work now has to be done remotely. Some of us haven’t been to the office in months. Never before have we been able to – all at once – gain so much experience with working from home. Technically, many things can be done, but in many organizations, the switch to working more from home and working remotely constitutes an immense upheaval. Many organizations have been trying out all kinds of forms of digitization and working from home, and the corona virus has actually accelerated this transition. Some people are working from home, while others are working at the office. Hybrid working is about flexibility in choosing where to do your work. In hybrid work cultures, what determines the choice of your work location is not which building is available, but the type of work, the goal of the activity, the desired level of interaction, the efficiency of communication, and the personal preferences of employees and clients (customers, students, buyers). It is a development that, even regardless of the corona virus, fits within this era of digital possibilities, the need for custom work, and reducing traffic.

Jitske shares anthropological lessons. For example, what can we learn from nomadic peoples who have always worked remotely? Jitske presents an optimistic story full of wisdom from all over the world, full of valuable perspectives and concrete answers to today’s questions – so that leaders and teams know what they have to do.

The four focus areas of this online keynote

The lecture comprises four focus areas. Depending on the available time and wishes concerning content, Jitske will create a custom lecture for your event.

  • Mental space: Organizational culture and culture shock
  • Hybrid space: Hybrid working, circles of relations
  • Meeting space: Human, pride, (online) campfires
  • Change space: experiment, creative creative power, culture change

Practical structure of this online keynote

Jitske has a lot of experience with all kinds of online and hybrid structures, with or without much interaction. From her home studio, empty theaters or other on-site locations. Experience has shown that the following three structures work very well (and we are open to all kinds of other new methods too):

  • Introduction by the chair. First 30 minutes: Jitske’s lecture 15 minutes: questions and/or a panel discussion about the first 30 minutes, including e.g. the question of whether these times constitute a crisis or a transformation. Second 30 minutes: Jitske’s lecture Q&A session to conclude
  • 45 minutes: Jitske’s lecture, followed by Q&A
  • 20 minutes: Jitske’s introduction, followed by a long interview with the opportunity for Q&A by means of the chat function.

An optional but interesting possibility with a wow effect is adding (live) music and/or comedy to an online event. We can bring you into contact with musicians and artists who would be happy to do so. Turn your Webinar into an online experience, an online campfire that people will talk about for years to come.

Based on Jitske Kramer’s latest book

Jitske Kramer wrote Work Has Left the Building during the second partial lockdown, in October 2020.

With anthropological expertise, experiences in organizations and inspiration from her many travels, Jitske offers us tools for dealing with these bizarre times. It is an inspiring book full of valuable perspectives and concrete answers to today’s questions.

She also wrote two beautiful long-form articles about the impact the corona virus has had on our work cultures. Feel free to share these.

About our collective culture shock. This article is also available to read or download as a PDF.  

About creating hybrid work cultures. This article is also available to read or download as a PDF.  

JITSKE KRAMER & THE IMPACT OF THE CORONA VIRUS

JITSKE KRAMER & WORKING CULTURES AFTER CORONA

Jitske sees the corona virus as a global culture shock. A keynote about dealing with changes, hybrid working and remote leadership

For this time of major changes, Jitske Kramer puts together special keynotes about the impact of the corona virus measures on society, organizations, and teams. And what this requires in terms of leadership and cooperation. For an anthropologist, these are fascinating times. Jitske keeps a close eye on developments in society and in organizations as a result of the corona culture shock. We can learn so much from the world around us right now. This lecture moves with the spirit of the times and is therefore slightly different every month.

Corona culture shock. Work has left the building. And how will it com back in? Connection, hybrid working, leadership and change.

The corona virus calls for getting a grip in uncertain times. How can we keep connecting remotely?

The corona virus measures are constantly changing. In her keynotes, she plays into the current dynamics and questions. Questions like: Is this a crisis or a transformation? How to lead remotely? How to collaborate on a project if you can’t get together? How to maintain connections and pride? How to ensure no one is overcome with loneliness or overwhelmed by the workload? How to train new people? How to discuss difficult topics and maintain a good atmosphere when working remotely? In short: how are you adapting your organizational culture to this new context? But also: how do we know what is true? Why are conspiracies getting so much media coverage now? How are we dealing with different perspectives?

‘Are you going through a crisis or a transformation?’

(Online) Keynote: Work has left the building

During the intake, we will determine the duration, methods of interaction, and content focus

The coronavirus has brought about a collective, worldwide culture shock. One moment, we lose all courage and the other, we feel a flood of energy to persevere. Our human habits and routines have been thrown out of whack. It feels like freakish waves of emotion that can overwhelm us. But in fact, there are four predictable stages that everyone goes through at a slightly different pace.

The effect of this culture shock is that we are confronted with sudden, major changes. In this lecture, Jitske discusses what those changes require in terms of leadership and cooperation. In the meantime, these extraordinary times call for leadership with power, love, and a clear plan for change. The essential question here is: Are you going through a crisis or a transformation? When approaching a crisis, your focus is to get back to how things were as quickly as possible, with minimal changes, while maintaining a number of good things. In a transformation, you take this extraordinary time and seize the opportunity to make radical changes and solve long-term problems.

Moreover, the majority of our work now has to be done remotely. Some of us haven’t been to the office in months. Never before have we been able to – all at once – gain so much experience with working from home. Technically, many things can be done, but in many organizations, the switch to working more from home and working remotely constitutes an immense upheaval. Many organizations have been trying out all kinds of forms of digitization and working from home, and the corona virus has actually accelerated this transition. Some people are working from home, while others are working at the office. Hybrid working is about flexibility in choosing where to do your work. In hybrid work cultures, what determines the choice of your work location is not which building is available, but the type of work, the goal of the activity, the desired level of interaction, the efficiency of communication, and the personal preferences of employees and clients (customers, students, buyers). It is a development that, even regardless of the corona virus, fits within this era of digital possibilities, the need for custom work, and reducing traffic.

Jitske shares anthropological lessons. For example, what can we learn from nomadic peoples who have always worked remotely? Jitske presents an optimistic story full of wisdom from all over the world, full of valuable perspectives and concrete answers to today’s questions – so that leaders and teams know what they have to do.

The four focus areas of this online keynote

The lecture comprises four focus areas. Depending on the available time and wishes concerning content, Jitske will create a custom lecture for your event.

  • Mental space: Organizational culture and culture shock
  • Hybrid space: Hybrid working, circles of relations
  • Meeting space: Human, pride, (online) campfires
  • Change space: experiment, creative creative power, culture change

Practical structure of this online keynote

Jitske has a lot of experience with all kinds of online and hybrid structures, with or without much interaction. From her home studio, empty theaters or other on-site locations. Experience has shown that the following three structures work very well (and we are open to all kinds of other new methods too):

  • Introduction by the chair. First 30 minutes: Jitske’s lecture 15 minutes: questions and/or a panel discussion about the first 30 minutes, including e.g. the question of whether these times constitute a crisis or a transformation. Second 30 minutes: Jitske’s lecture Q&A session to conclude
  • 45 minutes: Jitske’s lecture, followed by Q&A
  • 20 minutes: Jitske’s introduction, followed by a long interview with the opportunity for Q&A by means of the chat function.

An optional but interesting possibility with a wow effect is adding (live) music and/or comedy to an online event. We can bring you into contact with musicians and artists who would be happy to do so. Turn your Webinar into an online experience, an online campfire that people will talk about for years to come.

Based on Jitske Kramer’s latest book

Jitske Kramer wrote Work Has Left the Building during the second partial lockdown, in October 2020.

With anthropological expertise, experiences in organizations and inspiration from her many travels, Jitske offers us tools for dealing with these bizarre times. It is an inspiring book full of valuable perspectives and concrete answers to today’s questions.

She also wrote two beautiful long-form articles about the impact the corona virus has had on our work cultures. Feel free to share these.

About our collective culture shock. This article is also available to read or download as a PDF.  

About creating hybrid work cultures. This article is also available to read or download as a PDF.  

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