The founder of the Global Curiosity Institute, Stefaan van Hooydonk consults global corporations, leadership teams, and individuals in order to build stronger curiosity muscles. This he does by baselining both individual and workplace curiosity, supporting them in designing and carrying out curiosity improvement projects and learning initiatives.
Stefaan van Hooydonk started his investment consulting career in China. He went on to set up an executive education branch at a China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. He ran it for five years. From there he set up learning teams and innovative corporate universities across the globe. Amongst these, he includes Philips in the Netherlands, Flipkart in India, Nokia in China and Finland, and Cognizant in the United Kingdom. His last role, i.e., that of Chief Learning Officer for Cognizant, saw him oversee the learning and development of more than 300k associates worldwide. His innovative approach to learning, people, and technology has gained him global recognition.
With regards to his educational background, Stefaan van Hooydonk holds a master’s degree in Economics and Chinese as well as postgraduate degrees in Marxist Economics from China, Cross-Cultural Management from France, and an Executive MBA from Rutgers University. He is also a certified executive coach. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy, has an interest in food forestry, runs marathons, and practices meditation on a daily basis. He is also the author of the bestseller ‘The Workplace Curiosity Manifesto’.
As a conference speaker, Stefaan van Hooydonk shares ideas on creating a winning culture in any work environment while supporting curiosity and creative thinking. He resides in Belgian and speaks English, Chinese, French, and Dutch.
Curious organisations are winning organisations. 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.
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.
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 organisations, 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.
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 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 organisations 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 has proven an excellent speaker choice at the events I chair. He is clearly deeply knowledgeable about workplace curiosity and is able to share his expertise in an engaging way with his audience. He backs this up with his global experience as a Chief Learning Officer in large corporations, which provides real gravitas and credibility. There's no doubt that Stefaan is providing leading thinking and practice in this field and I have no hesitation in recommending him."
“Dear Stefaan, I have just viewed the recorded version of the session about Curiosity. I was overwhelmed by its color and preciseness. Many of the aspects that were brought forward are on our agenda, and the research you presented gives us confidence that we are on the right track. Also, the simplicity you used in describing forces, behaviors, etc. really appealed to me. And the Individual/Team/Organization perspectives align well with the way we understand Lifelong learning in the company context. This session is really valuable for us. Thank you so much for making the effort!”
“It was wonderful meeting you again Stefaan! Your session was the most insightful at the London Learning Technologies 2022 conference.”
“Super thanks for a truly inspiring, enriching, and thought-provoking session!”
“In an uncertain and complex world your ability to learn is in my opinion the only sustainable competitive advantage. In his ground breaking book ‘the workplace curiosity manifesto’ Stefaan van Hooydonk states that the #1 driver for individuals, teams and organizations to boost their ability to learn is to become more curious. How? Well it all starts with asking more questions. We have invited Stefaan for multiple client events and each time the participants strengthened their muscles to be curious, gained new insights and walked a way with a lot of inspiration to make the world more curious. And that’s exactly what we need at this moment in time.”
"We had Stefaan from Global Curiosity Institute to give a key note at our conference PLM Road Map and PDT Europe in Gothenburg October 2022. It was a conference for professionals in the Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) domain with more than 160 attendees with a theme centered around the need for Digital Transformation. Stefaan kicked off day 2 with a truly inspiring presentation about Curiosity and injected a lot of energy into the conference. Perfect for the start of day 2. This start made us all energetic and you could see and hear that it was very appreciated. In addition, the feedback on site and in forums like Linkedin, was very positive and had all of think about how we can follow Stefaan’s recommendation to be more curious both as individuals and organisations. Thanks Stefaan for your great contribution."
“Thank you Stefaan for your inspirational story and provide us with a lot of insights and let us challenge our own curiosity. It was an energetic start for a great day for our team!”
"We asked Stefaan for our GoodHabitz Event about workplace curiosity as we thought he would be the perfect fit for HR and L&D professionals. And we were completely right! Our audience was inspired by Stefaan’s insights, triggered by his questions, and went home with brand new ideas on how to motivate colleagues to stay curious and to keep learning. We would definitely recommend Stefaan for any future events."
"Stefaan van Hooydonk delivered a session on leveraging curiosity in the workplace to drive employee performance and productivity at our inaugural learning and development ATD conference in Kuwait. It was a very insightful and thought-provoking session, the audience were engaged in interesting discussion with Stefaan and interacted with him through out by asking many questions. Stefaan’s opening session was a great value-add to our conference, and the top-rated by the audience. I look forward to collaborating with him for ATD’s future projects."