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Stefaan van Hooydonk

Founder of the Global Curiosity Institute; Author of the Workplace Curiosity Manifesto; Leadership & Development Strategist

Founder of the Global Curiosity Institute; Author of the Workplace Curiosity Manifesto; Leadership & Development Strategist

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Stefaan van Hooydonk Biography

Stefaan van Hooydonk is the founder of the Global Curiosity Institute. He consults global corporations, leadership teams, and individuals to help build stronger curiosity muscles. He helps them in baselining individual and workplace curiosity and supports them with designing and implementing intentional curiosity improvement projects and learning initiatives.

Hooydonk started his career in investment consulting in China. From there he moved to set up the executive education arm of a major business school in Shanghai, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), which he ran for 5 years. Subsequently, he set up global learning teams and innovative corporate universities for Nokia (China/Finland), Agfa Healthcare (Belgium), Philips (The Netherlands), Flipkart (India), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), and Cognizant (UK). His last role was that of Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, where he oversaw learning and development for over 300k associates across the globe. He has been globally recognized for his innovative approach to learning, people, and technology.

Hooydonk has a master’s degree in Economics and in Chinese, together with postgraduate degrees in Marxist Economics from China, Cross-Cultural Management from France, and an Executive MBA from Rutgers University. He is a certified executive coach. A Belgian national, Hooydonk has been married for 25 years to Jeltje Peletier: a successful psycho- and yoga therapist. Together they have 4 children: Rik, Femke, Koen, and Menko. He practices meditation daily, is a marathon runner, and food forest amateur, and is pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy.

Stefaan van Hooydonk Speaking Topics

  • Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture (For Senior Executives)

    Every person is born with a healthy dose of curiosity. Some people can maintain this level through adulthood, many however see their original strength diminish over time. The same happens with systems like start-ups. Early start-ups have a high predisposition to exploration, only to see that this mindset deteriorates once the company expands, focuses on efficiency, conforms to rigid standards, and finds it harder to learn from mistakes.

    Curious organizations are winning organizations. They are intentional about how they balance exploration and exploitation. Curious organizations are more successful than incurious ones, especially in times of change. Not only are they constantly looking for ways to improve their current operations, but they are also constantly scanning the industrial horizon for new opportunities.

    In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important in our professional life and our organizations, and reflect on strategies to get better at it.

  • Leading with Curiosity (For People Managers)

    The shadow a manager casts on the team is one of the biggest drivers of productivity, engagement, and the feeling of well-being of the team. Those managers who do this well, uplift the team. Those who don't stifle it. The key to effective task management and people leadership is curiosity.

    Curious leaders are good at operationalizing the present as well as securing the future. They create psychological safety for the team to thrive. Curious leaders represent a high level of cognitive, empathic, and self-reflective curiosity. They are curious about the

    world around them, the people they work with, and their own internal conscious and unconscious drivers. They go out of their way to engage with their team, also in times of stress. They stretch their teams to excel in the present and embrace the future.

    In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important for leaders, professionals, and teams, what the barriers are and what leaders can do to get better at intentional curiosity for themselves and the people in their care.

  • Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life (For Professionals)

    Every person is born with a healthy dose of curiosity. Some people can maintain this level through adulthood, many however see their original strength diminish over time.

    Those individuals who maintain high levels of productive curiosity are called A-players. They are intentional about how they show up curiously to the world and to the people around them. They are not afraid to question themselves or challenge the status quo with humility. They learn more than others and are better equipped to face changes around them. In many organizations, these A-players are the minority. Why is this?

    In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important in our professional life, what its barriers are, and reflect on strategies to get better at it.

  • The Power of Curiosity (For HR Professionals)

    The world as we know it is not the same anymore in the post-COVID era. In times of change, Leaders are starting to realize that they need to be both pursuing operational efficiency as well as openness towards an unknown future. Those companies that balance both exploitation and exploration well remain competitive. Yet why is this renewed focus on exploration and curiosity so hard for companies.

    Intentional Curiosity is of paramount importance in times of change. The implications of this fundamental change for HR are vast. Not only does HR need to embrace this concept within their own ranks and reinvent themselves, they also need to embark on a journey to ensure curiosity is embedded in recruitment, onboarding, talent management, and talent development processes.

    In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important for the workplace, what the barriers are, and what HR can do to get better at intentional curiosity for themselves and the people in their care.

  • The Power of Curiosity in L&D (For Learning and Development Professionals)

    Curiosity is hot in L&D. Curiosity is the initial spark which ignites learning and growth, creativity and innovation. It also creates deeper relationships and allows people to become intently aware of their values, beliefs and biases. In times of stability, curiosity and exploration is marginalized, in times of volatility like we are now, it comes to the forefront. Many L&D teams are already exploring how to redesign their strategy with curiosity at the center and best practices are emerging.

    The implications of the changing industrial landscape and consequently the way people grow and learn are indeed vast for L&D. L&D leaders and their teams have the opportunity to step up and embrace this concept within their own ranks and reinvent themselves. They can also embark on a journey to mobilize the leaders and employees to get better at curiosity with novel learning solutions. Furthermore, more broadly they have the opportunity to redesign the way their organizations and professionals learn, unlearn and relearn.

    In this interactive session, we explore what we know about curiosity, why it is important for the workplace, what the barriers are and what L&D can do to get better at intentional curiosity for themselves and the people in their care.

Stefaan van Hooydonk Videos

  • getAbstract | Stefaan van Hooydonk - The Power of Curiosity
    Every person is born with a healthy dose of curiosity, yet few can maintain the same level as they age. The same happens with systems like start-ups....
  • De-X-Constructed: The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto w/ Stefaan van Hooydonk
    https://www.linkedin.com/video/event/urn:li:ugcPost:6960442087334912000/
  • Learning Technologies Conference 2022 | Stefaan Van Hooydonk

Stefaan van Hooydonk Books

  • The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto : How Curiosity Helps Individuals and Workspaces Thrive in Transformational Times Kindle Edition
    The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto : How Curiosity Helps Individuals and Workspaces Thrive in Transformational Times Kindle Edition

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Stefaan van Hooydonk is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Curiosity: The Key Element for Creating a Winning Culture (For Senior Executives), Leading with Curiosity (For People Managers) , Master Your Curiosity to Master Your Life (For Professionals), The Power of Curiosity (For HR Professionals) and The Power of Curiosity in L&D (For Learning and Development Professionals). The estimated speaking fee range to book Stefaan van Hooydonk for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Stefaan van Hooydonk generally travels from Belgium and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Libby Gill, Natalie Nixon, Steven Van Cohen, Sterling Hawkins and Adrian Gostick. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Stefaan van Hooydonk for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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