Thimon is a sought-after global keynote speaker and leadership trainer and has been ranked ‘highest-rated speaker’ at more than 100 business conferences & leadership programs. Audiences praise his entertaining, interactive sessions, full of practical takeaways that are rooted in research.
Keeping up with innovation, Thimon offers more and more duo presentations with his Gen Z colleagues. This format is for clients asking for something fresh & new!
Thimon de Jong (1977) founded WHETSTON, a strategic foresight think tank based in Amsterdam. WHETSTON explores the future of human behaviour, societal trends and generational change. These insights are then applied to leadership and business strategy. Thimon is an experienced (virtual) keynote speaker and leadership trainer and has worked for clients like Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, IKEA, Novartis, Nike, Microsoft, Warner, Tetra Pak and L’Oréal. Thimon also lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University. He is a former insights & strategy director at TrendsActive, a researcher at FreedomLab Future Studies and editor-in-chief of RELOAD Magazine. His first book, Future Human Behavior – Understanding What People Are Going To Do Next was published in 2023 by Routledge.
Thimon de Jong’s Speaking Topics:
Future Proof Leadership
What can leaders practically do today to be ready for the future? On how to navigate the poly-crisis, ride the next wave of digitalisation, embrace new ways of working, increase trust and take care of the planet and themselves?
The Future of Work
What are the practical implications of the future of work? How much flexible WFH/remote/hybrid/Metaverse work are we going to do? And how to attract the next generation of workers: what does the talent of the future want? How to attract and keep them?
The Human Side of Technology
How will people respond to future technologies? How can leaders get themselves and their people to rationally and emotionally embrace new technology? And what is the perfect balance between the virtual and the physical?
Navigating the Polycrisis
It is time to envision how human behaviour will change in the coming years now that society is hit by a so-called “polycrisis”: where several crises in a row (COVID-19, Ukraine, inflation, recession & the climate crisis) shake up society and rattle our mental wellbeing. How does this affect our behaviour? Decision-making? And leadership?
Generation Z: Collaborative Action
Gen Z is making quite an impact! How do they differ from older generations? And how to create a thriving collaborative multi-generational workplace where their entrepreneurialism and their action mindset can thrive?
The Future of the Planet
The 2010s were mostly about raising awareness, and the 2020s are all about Action with a capital A. So what can organisations practically DO right now to make a real impact (without being cancelled)? How should leaders approach this topic? How can an organisational purpose be aligned with the personal purposes of its employees, stakeholders, and clients?
The topic of mental health is rapidly becoming as ‘normal’ as physical health. Employees are actively looking for mental health resources at work and see their manager as one of these resources. Any future-proof leader should start working on a mental surplus today with a focus on empathy skills and emotional intelligence.
More topics by Thimon
Future Digitalisation: The Human Response
The Future of Ethics – on Chief Morality Officers, AI ethics & The Quantified Good
IKEA: “His expert views put a totally new light on current reality, and most importantly, where to go next. ”
Robert Half: “You helped us achieve our goal of the culture summit; which was to allow leaders to pause and consider their leadership approach in how we work together to achieve great results.”
Citywire: “Outstanding speaker. Intellectual approach, entertaining and shocking.”
PGIM: “People are still talking about your speech! We are piloting the reverse-mentoring programme you recommended, and it’s going really well.”
ECB: “Your masterclasses have been very helpful for us in creating space for reflections and triggering discussions at the ECB on how we approach the (hybrid) future of work.”
BNP Paribas: “Thimon is our favourite prospectivist”
Altus Group: “There were many memorable takeaways from the three keynote presentations Thimon did for us, but we were most impressed by the effective way he made us consider different perspectives.”
CEO, Spar International: “Thimon, you have been adopted by the SPAR Family, and we always value your fresh insights delivered in impeccable style.”
Coloplast: “Your virtual presentation came as close to breaking the virtual barrier as possible these days!”
PWC: “Thimon really helped PWC leaders at several events over the years by making change seem not so scary or unattainable. We now have implemented several of his practical suggestions in our own behaviours.”
Guldgalan: “We were moved to tears.”
Allianz: “You gave us so many examples – people keep referring back to these in internal conversations.”
Bunge: “In all the sessions Thimon facilitated he shared very practical info that people could start
using right away.”
Danfoss: “Thimon sparked exactly the right discussions. Furthermore, it is good to have a speaker who is really an expert in the content and not just a great speaker.”
PVH: “Thimon has made an impact by making it clear how humans function and how we need to
have this in mind for the future. It was a topic that we kept coming back to.”