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Focus on Millennial entrepreneurs, Free webinar this monday, Coaching Platform Facebook, Coaching tips

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (10th – 17th of December), we will expand on the CDI initiative to focus on Millennial entrepreneurs; we will invite you to an interesting webinar on Monday the 11th of December as of 6.30 pm; we will invite you to our last Master Your Mind-platform session of this year; we will invite you if you are a Coach to the recently launched Coaching Platform Curaçao closed Facebook page and we will end this blog with some personal motivation tips on “taking 100 % responsibility”.


 

Enabling Millennial entrepreneurs, “Don’t give up”
As part of the continuation of the Business Boost Cycles offering workshops to coach small and medium sized companies in Curaçao, Curacao Development Institute, https://www.facebook.com/CurBusinessBoost/ in November launched Business Boost Start Up Millennial Edition. This program is aimed specifically towards our Youth from 18 to 35 years old (Generation Millennial) that were interested in starting their own company or that have a business idea and want to capitalize on their business idea. The workshops started with 20 attendees and the attendees were welcomed in the kick-off session by the Minister Economic Affairs, representatives of CDI and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

CDI has innovated their Business Boost Start Up Millennial Edition as part of their policy to stimulate and increase the knowledge and skill levels in the entrepreneurial sector on Curacao. During the kick-off the Minister of Economic Affairs asked participants to: “be patient, persevere and to don’t give up and that success doesn’t come to you, but that it is something you should go and look for it”.

For this cycle Business Boost CDI has chosen for the so-called Business Brainer Navigator methodology, an easy program that doesn’t require prior administrative knowledge. The output of going through this methodology will be to define an effective strategy to create new businesses and/or grow businesses, which includes financial projections that can measure the feasibility of their business proposals.

It does challenge the participants to reflect on deeper questions aimed at triggering participants to (re-) define their business purpose and to come up with innovative ideas, that can add value to their (future) clients. Business Brainer Navigator developer Mrs. Rochelle Monte (Excellence BV) with her team consisting off Danique Zimmerman (Branding), Roxanne Larmonie (Marketing), Elvis Thode and Shurene Scheltema-Martis (Finance) and Rochelle Monte teamleader (www.facebook.com/BusinessBrainer/), all eagerly willing to make a difference in the life of our youth, are facilitating and enabling the participants during a period of 4 months, including guiding them through these self-reflective phases. Mrs. Monte shared with us, that it is of vital importance as a youth, to have leaders willing to guide you on your way to realize your goals. Rochelle as part of her personal story shared that: “I my life, I had the priviledge to have the best leaders in the world to help me realize my goals, that I couldn’t dream of that I could realize. It is now time for me to give back”.

As part of our efforts to blog on positive developments of Curacao, this week on Saturday the 9th of December, we visited a workshop session of CDI (Curacao Development) aimed at enabling millennial entrepreneurs. We were invited by Mrs. Rochelle Monte to be an observer to their class. This program that is sponsored by CDI, COSME (https://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/cosme_en) and the Ministery of Economic Affairs started in November and will end on the 24th of March 2018.

 



The participants come from different professional back grounds and we were impressed by their eagerness to learn necessary knowledge and skills to start their own business. As the course is a very practical course, attendees are being stimulated and motivated to do their assignments because that will be the ultimately increase the retention of what is being taught. The course invites entrepreneurs to share their personal success stories.


On Saturday morning Mr. Jairo Belioso from A.T.C.S - BV, shared his personal experience as a local entrepreneur where he started in 2002 and has grown to become a local company servicing the international market, but with 22 mostly local employees. His biggest lessons learned while expanding his business as an entrepreneur, were:

• Always deliver on what you promise, which includes always be on time;

• Failure should be considered as “lessons learned” and are inevitable if one wants to grow;

• Be courageous and step out of your comfort zone to grow;

• Follow your passion and be passionate about what you do in life. The worst you can do in life is, go to a “9 to 5” - job that you hate.

The output of the course is, that all attendees should have a business plan. During this particular session the attendees were also challenged to explain their personal stories, their WHY they wanted to become a (full time) entrepreneur and what makes them different. Some of the WHY’s shared were: “to have more freedom”; “to make a difference“; “bring companies to a next level“; “increase others self-esteem” ; “ solve clients problems through higher EQ”.

We commend CDI, COSME and the dynamic facilitators for the work they are doing and we consider this another great initiative on Curaçao, where we are slowly but surely catching up with the global trend of promoting more entrepreneurship on the island.


Webinar on Evaluation 2017 of developments and looking forward
We would like to invite you cordially to a FREE webinar on Monday the 11th of December at 6.30 pm.

Topic: Evaluation of the year 2017 and looking forward.
What were the change drivers in 2017?
How did the sectors and organizations perform given the change drivers?
What will happen in 2018?
Which organization made a difference in 2017 in Curaçao?
Miguel Goede | Webinar Host
Clifton Walle | Infinitum
Ivan Kuster | Uplifting/Share2Uplift
Register now: events.genndi.com/reg…/169105139238468788/1b23ffb828


Our next Master Your Mind-platform session Thursday the 21st of December

On Thursday the 21st of December, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the books:

1. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, follow them and people will follow you the”, by John Maxwell

2. “The Emotional Life of Your BRAIN, How its unique Patterns Affect the way you think, feel and live – and how you can change them”, by Richard J. Davidson with Sharon Begley
When: Thursday the 21st of December (the 3rd Thursday of the month)
Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm / Entrance Fee: FREE


Coaching Platform Curaçao
Coaching Platform Curaçao is an initiative of Share2Uplift and Balance Coaching (part of Balance Consultancy Group). Coaching is a powerful tool for growth on a personal and organizational level. Through collaboration and bundling of expertise, we want to work on knowledge enhancement, quality assurance and make it possible that members can explore via this platform if it is possible to offer joint services to clients. If you want to get acquainted with other coaches and explore possibilities to collaborate; if you want to help increase the level of coaching on Curaçao; if you want to share trends and developments relevant for us as coaches; if you want to share activities relevant for coaches and for our clients, consider to become a member of this platform and hook up with our network, send a request to join this group. As a new member we would appreciate it, if you would introduce yourself with a short profile and one photo.
Go to www.facebook.com/groups/1297752390329499/ and consider to join us.


Role of the core group of Share2Uplift

As we are entering the end of 2017 and welcoming the year 2018, we are evaluating on the one hand:

• how far we have come in 2017 to identify ethical leaders on our way to reach 250 in 2018 and on the other hand:

• discussing how are we going to reach our goal “to identify 250 ethical leaders by the end of 2018 to be empowered by 21st century mindsets, that are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society”.

As part of the collaboration with Balance Coaching Unit we are taking steps to build and consolidate the Coaching Platform Curaçao, we are working on a course for Coaches and we are working on offering a “One Year Course” to our clients in 2018. These and other activities are all gaining momentum. In the meantime, we are pondering on our criteria to select the Share2Uplift aligners and these are those leaders, that:

– Create an inspiring vision of the future;

– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;

– Manage delivery of the vision;

– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished. We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners.

They are:

• Peace from within;

• Compassion;

• Respectfulness;

• Integrity;

• Responsibility.

If you have any suggestions on these criteria and values please send us your suggestions or contact us.


Personal coaching tips
This week we will start focusing on one vital behavior (keystone habit) we believe is fundamental to change our life and ultimately will do good for Curaçao in general.

Check these links. We will upload one every day this coming week.

Take Responsibility For Your Life - Motivational Speech - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=00vZraHIcXI

Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life, Jack Canfield - YouTube (short version)www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxHMUXczQZw or


Accept 100% Responsibility - Jack Canfield on Success & Happiness - YouTube (long version)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=spszzL2ex-c

Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life | Oprah's Life Class | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vp_cmLfJZ1w

BLAME, COMPLAINT AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE | ANIMATED - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfzMQjyxjnM

Are You Taking 100% Responsibility? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3JNfEZAM-w

Take Full Responsibility For Your Life - Jim Rohn - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKA9RIBzJ7s


About the Start-up Launchpad; Identifying 250 ethical leaders, Upcoming events and Personal Tips

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will expand on the Start-up Launchpad on Friday the 1st of December at Landhuis Bloemhof; we will expand on the criteria and core values of the core group of Share2Uplift uses to identify those that should be in the 250 ethical leaders, we are aiming for by the end of 2018 to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected; we will invite you to our next MYM-platform session on the 21st of December; we will highly recommend you to the upcoming webinar of SIGE with Andy Kirchner on the 7th of December; we will share some valuable personal tips with you.

Positive developments regarding start-ups and more
On Friday, the 1st of December, we attended the Start-up Launchpad event were 12 startups presented a pitch regarding their business idea, all aimed at selling their products/services also to markets beneficial for our foreign exchange reserves. There were very diverse projects like:

• one offering high end luxury soap imbedded in a Banda Abao experience to tourists and locals;

• a Scharloo development and experience project for tourists;

• a Software for Car rental companies that offers their services to an increasing number of foreign markets;

• 3 High Tech agriculture projects of crops produced locally;

• a camera surveillance company offering their services to foreign markets;

• three projects regarding Apps of which one offering this App, two on Papiamentu and one on our Flora and Fauna;

• one virtual website selling products of small businesses and

• one company selling communication equipment that can be used after natural disasters.

In the very intense first round of the program (one participant shared with us that “at times these new insights were mind boggling”, the start-ups have been perfecting their Pitch and their Business Model. They presented their results in front of a jury a live audience.

These pitches were presented at a full Landhuis Bloemhof and it was a very inspiring and energetic evening. All 12 presenters had very creative ideas and it was fun to see how through the program they participated in, these entrepreneurs were not only able to present polished pitches, but the start-ups were also able to learn new ‘knowledge’ & ‘technology’ for their companies. For the 5 entrepreneurs that passed and continued to the next round, it also opened the possibility to receive ‘support’ vouchers up to Ang 20.000,-.

The program is financed by the EU through the innovation program of OCTA (The Association of Overseas Countries and Territories) and by the Ministry of Economic Development, while CiTi is in charge of the organizational aspects of the program.


Although 5 out of the 12 entrepreneurs were selected to continue and go to the second round of the Launchpad program, in fact all were winners in certain way. All have learned a lot during the first round of the program. The program consists of 4 rounds of intensive coaching and support. Each round is concluded with a ‘pitch competition’, determining who will continue to the next round. In March 2018 there will a next selection round where from the remaining 5 entrepreneurs, two finalist will be selected to go to the next and final round in June.

We commend the organizers of this initiative for inspiring all the participating entrepreneurs and enabling them to sharpen their business models and therefore making their companies even stronger in their resolve to grow their businesses. As a lack of capital and expert knowledge are the bottlenecks with most emerging small businesses, the sheer opportunity to gain more knowledge and to have an opportunity to –if the they win - invest up to ANG. 20.000 in their business as vouchers, made them better prepared for the future development of their businesses.

We applaud this and see this as part of a greater effort to revitalize our economy considering the large percentage of small business that our economy comprises off. Consider this, on Thursday the 30th of November the Ministry of Economic Affairs, also organized a Democratic Dialogue on the Middle and Small business policy framework under discussion to be updated by the government; there was also the CINEX Smart Fintech & Cyber Security Summit 2017 were renowned speakers from Colombia, Canada, USA, The Netherlands and The Caribbean focused on Smart solutions enhancing all economic pillars through Fintech and Cyber Security tools.

We as Share2Uplift commend the organizers of these initiatives and are seeing signs of a number of new refreshing ideas on how to start and develop a business in Curaçao, getting foothold and momentum in Curaçao.

Role of the core group of Share2Uplift
One of the most important issues that we are addressing of late as core group is: How can we polish the criteria to select share2uplift ethical leaders from all walks of life? Our goal is to identify 250 ethical leaders by the end of 2018 to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:

• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.

If you have any suggestions on these criteria and values please send us your suggestions or contact us.


Our next Master Your Mind-platform session Thursday the 21st of December

On Thursday the 21st of December, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the books:

1. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, follow them and people will follow you the”, by John Maxwell

2. “The Emotional Life of Your BRAIN, How its unique Patterns Affect the way you think, feel and live – and how you can change them”, by Richard J. Davidson with Sharon Begley

When: Thursday the 21st of December (the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 7th of December
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).

These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.

On the 7-12-2017 “2nd chance to Educate”, 3.00 pm by Mr. Andy Kirchner. Andy has an amazing personal story to share on resilience after some extreme setbacks. Don’t miss it.

Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.


Personal Coaching tip
This week we will continue to share stress relieving tips.

Stress management (video) | Stress | Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/processing-the-environment/stress/v/stress-management


Stress Management Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_46OXwbUMK0


A JAPANESE METHOD TO RELAX IN 5 MINUTES - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-O7gPsQK0


ANXIETY CURE!! Amazing New Discovery !! A MUST SEE... DrHarryCintronPhD.com - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKvGnysfDiQ


Effective Stress Management Techniques - EbestProducts - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v0OkAs8nD0k


How To Relieve Stress, 7 Ways To Relieve Stress - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=15eUXTb_7Rg


Winners finals 'Manera Mi Bos no tin Dos', upcoming events and some stress relieving tips

Posted on November 27, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (27nd of November – 3rd of December) we will expand on the Debating finals on the 25th of November  'Manera Mi Bos no tin Dos', that JCI United Citizens of Curaçao organized; we will invite you to an upcoming Chit Chat session on A Moral Compass; we will invite you for our next MYM-platform session on the 21st of December and we highly recommend you for the upcoming webinar of SIGE on the 30th of November. We will end with some personal (stress relieving video links) coaching tips.


An Excellent Youth Leadership Program 'Manera Mi Bos No Tin Dos'
On Saturday the 25th of November the debating finals were held of the 3rd year of 'Manera mi Bos no tin Dos'. We loved this activity because of the impact it had on the about 30 youthful participants. According to the feedback we asked to some participants, their biggest take aways were, that their self-confidence has risen and they have learned some new techniques to address larger crowds much fluently. A parent whom was asked her opinion on this project, shared with the attendees how her son was so enthusiastic and inspired every training he had to attend. So, the project has definitely had its impact.

The participants went to about 7 weeks sessions on: presentation skills, content, speaking “Papiamentu” as pure as possible and they learned some important life skills even during the finals. They learned to:

• be more effective communicators when presenting themselves;

• to collaborate with total strangers in the beginning of the project. How? They learned to mingle because the 6 debating groups that ultimately were formed consisted of youth from different schools, institutions and background and were mingled so that they would connect and get acquainted with other youth than those that they already knew before participating in this project;

• value of putting in effort, if you really want to achieve something. For example to get a certification of the prestigious Toast Masters, only those participants that attended all 6 training of the Toast Masters were honored with a certificate. So, if they still want this Toast Masters certificate, they were offered to participate in the next opportunity that presents itself to go to the 6 weeks course on public speaking;

• be honest and respect the rules of the debating contest otherwise they could experience severe consequences like disqualification;

• lean into their discomfort and step outside of their comfort zones to participate in the project. It requires courage to participate in the debates. This is a vital character skill needed the rest of their lives, if they want to grow and achieve their dreams;

• show resilience and react within short as a team within only 15 minutes of preparation time, after receiving a point of view of a very relevant subject matter in the society, that they had to defend at the one hand or present arguments against this point of view at the other hand.


As we have mentioned before in these blogs, life skills are extremely important in this 21st century. So, we commend the organizers for this.



We congratulate the proud winners of the finals (see picture), but then we consider all those who stayed until the end in the semi-finals and finals, as winners. They have become a better version of themselves. Hopefully they will continue to hone their skills and become the best that they want and could be in their different life journeys.


We commend the organizers of this youth leadership development program for organizing this successfully for the 3rd time. By offering this for free to youth from 15 – 24 years old from different backgrounds, schools and institutions the participants clearly represented all walks of life. As was mentioned by Mrs. Rosina (a JCI-member of the Jury living in Toronto Canada): “There is such a great positive energy at this event and it is great to see so many youth participating give it all they can give in this competition”. Through partnership of different organizations and sponsors JCI-United Citizens of Curacao also connected more dots and aligned efforts. The organizers of this event (see picture) as Youth leaders were enabling to a next generation of youth, a wonderful leadership experience. Especially we commend the local president of JCI United Citizens of Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean) Nashantara Romer and the dynamic project leader Janice La Baste and her team that spend lots of time being there for all the participants during their training and preparations. Their gratitude was warmly expressed to Janice by one of the youth in name of all the participants.

We would also want to commend Elton Villareal (he was the president of the jury) as a JCI veteran, to living up to his passion to develop leadership skills among our youth, sharing his vast experience with the project organization and the participating youth. We are now eagerly looking forward for the next edition on 'Manera Bo Bos No tin Dos of 2018'. For more information go to Komishon di Manera mi BOS, no tin DOS 2017 Facebook, Instagram or email.

Role of the core group of Share2Uplift
As core group, we belief that to get the necessary mindset changes going, we will continue to connect dots and align efforts with organizations like JCI United Citizens of Curaçao aiming at changing mindsets and leadership development of our youth on Curaçao. That is why we are aiming at:

1. CEO’s;

2. Influencers and

3. We try to connect dots and align efforts among Coaches involved with mindsets shifts.

As in the case of JCI United Citizens of Curaçao, this is what we are aiming and multiplying to get a momentum going to reach our goal of enabling 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life, that are constructively collaborating with each other, creating value for the whole of the society by the end of 2018. Youth Vision 5000 is a foundation aimed especially to aim our youth on Curaçao and is totally aligned with the Share2Uplift movement.


A next Chit Chat session co-facilitated by Sherlyne Eisden
We would like to invite you to a next Chit Chat session coming Thursday the 30th of November that will be co-facilitated by Sherlyne Eisden (one of our Share2Uplift core group members).




Our next Master Your Mind-platform session Thursday the 21st of December

On Thursday the 21st of December, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the books:
1. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, follow them and people will follow you the”, by John Maxwell
2. “The Emotional Life of Your BRAIN, How its unique Patterns Affect the way you think, feel and live – and how you can change them”, by Richard J. Davidson with Sharon Begley

When: Thursday the 21st of December (the 3rd Thursday of the month)
Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

 

We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 30th of November
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).

These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.

On the 30-11-2017 “De toolbox voor het competentiegericht onderwijs”, 3.00 pm by Mrs. Lucille Hernandez.

Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.




Personal Coaching tip

This week we will continue to share with you some stress relieving tips.

17 Science-Backed Ways to Relieve Stress Right Now! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAjdI7J4Gvo&list=RDtNHHP11Ja3g&index=14

FUNNY stress management techniques by TEDx Speaker Karyn Buxman - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybnzd4zu8xs

The Workplace Stress Solution - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OzKD1YWHRI&list=RDtNHHP11Ja3g&index=8

How to Manage Stress? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=F23qjR9I9RE&index=13&list=RDtNHHP11Ja3g

Managing Stress - Brainsmart - BBC - YouTube
youtube.com/watch?v=hnpQrMqDoqE&index=24&list=RDtNHHP11Ja3g

Your Brain on Stress and Anxiety - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmwiJ6ghLIM&index=24&list=RDtNHHP11Ja3g


About ''Mi Yu ta Mi Responsabilidat', 'Manera Bo Bos No Tin Dos', upcoming events and week tip

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (20th – 26th of November) we will expand on “Mi Yu ta Mi Responsabilidat” launched by social entrepreneur Bianca Neman; we will expand on the project “Manera Bo Bos No Tin Dos”, organized by JCI United Citizens of Curaçao; we will invite you to our Next MYM-platform session on the 21st of December; we will recommend you to SIGE’s upcoming webinar on the 30th of November and invite you for Saturday the 25th of November the “Live2Lead”- event. We will end this blog with some personal coaching tips presented as video links.

 

'Mi Yu ta Mi Responsabilidat', connecting dots aligning efforts
On Thursday the 16th of November at the “Biblioteka Nashonal”, Bianca Neman (Director-Owner Be-Advancement, poet, entrepreneur) launched and presented to a wide spectrum of different organizations and stakeholders involved in the education of children and youth, her project ““Mi Yu ta Mi Responsabilidat”. As a (social) entrepreneur she is targeting all parties willing to team up to help create a manual in “papiamentu” for all those thinking of becoming a parent, those whom are expecting a child and those who are already parents.

The outcome aimed at would be, that:

• future parents would be better informed of their responsibility and know how to raise their children more responsibly;

• children would grow up in a sound and healthy environment;

• mothers would be more conscious on how to take care of themselves physically and mentally before, during and after pregnancy;

• unwanted pregnancy could be prevented and most of all,

• information would be offered in an integrated matter through different channels and platforms at any time of the day that will be easy to access.

As a single mother since her child was 2 years old Bianca documented, as she was raising her child, what the challenges were that she was confronting, adding up to at least 20 categories of subject matters and over 250 themes. As of today, she is still updating these. Examples of these categories are: Responsibilities of parents; Planned pregnancy; Sexual education; pre-birth, birth and first months of a child; all phases of a child/youth; recreational activities for children and youth; Do’s and Don’t.

What she experienced then is still a big issue nowadays. The information is usually available, but it is scattered over different organizations involved with the education of children and youth on Curaçao. This is the reason she took this initiative. By starting with this “Kick-off”-informative meeting, Bianca requested the attendees to share in what areas they would consider to contribute to ultimately create this manual with the funding of donors. Bianca explicitly stated, that it is her intention to collaborate with the experts, make use of existing information, to take our own culture (not the bad habits btw) into account and use simple and clear language. The target groups will be reached via an awareness program by using one minute videos per subject matter, color images, curriculum for schools.

We commend Bianca for taking this initiative and based on the very lively and active discussions that followed among attendees on Thursday, we are convinced that a need is met with this great initiative, aimed at making life easier for the children and parents varying from the unborn till they are 21 years old. This is an excellent example that through “connecting dots and aligning efforts”, we can create synergistic value for our society. Be-Advancement is collaborating with Youth Vision 5000 (a foundation linked to Share2Uplift to promote mindset changes among our youth in Curaçao). Biblioteka Nashonal sponsored the venue for this first meeting.


Enabling talents and developing leaders, “Manera Mi Bos No Tin Dos”
On Saturday the 18th of November JCI United Citizens of Curaçao organized the semi-finals of the debating competition in ICUC. The participants were recruited from different organizations, schools and institutions from the age group of 15 years till 24 years old. The 30 plus participants divided in 6 teams have gone during 6 weeks training through:

• a Papiamentu course;

• they were taught how to address and present their points of view publicly;

• some information on the Sustainable Development Goals and

• they were trained to look for data, to present their arguments based on evidence, when they debate.

The finals will be coming Saturday.

We consider all those whom have reached the semi-finals winners irrespective which team ultimately wins. Because as part of their growth they all individually had to overcome their fears and get out of their comfort zones to participate in the debating competition. They are their own competitor and victor. And by working everyday on improving themselves, they can become the better version of themselves. We would like to commend JCI UC for this initiative, because based on testimonials by two participants, whom have overcome their shyness, it was clear that the participants have learned a lot from this program. We commend JCI CU also for “connecting dots and aligning efforts” by creating, a collaboration of different partners consisting of Toastmaster International, ICUC, KPEK and Youth Vision 5000. (a foundation linked to Share2uplift to promote mindset changes among our youth in Curaçao).


Role of the core group of Share2Uplift
As core group, we belief that to get the necessary mindset changes going, we will continue to connect dots and align efforts with entrepreneurs aiming at changing people’s mindsets and leadership development on Curaçao. That is why we are aiming at:

1. CEO’s;

2. Influencers and

3. We try to connect dots and align efforts among Coaches involved with mindsets shifts.

As in the case of Be-Advancement or JCI-CU, this is what we are aiming and multiplying to get a momentum going to reach our goal of enabling 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life, that are constructively collaborating with each other, creating value for the whole of the society by the end of 2018


Our next Master Your Mind-platform session Thursday the 21st of December
On Thursday the 21st of December, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the books:

1. “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, follow them and people will follow you the”, by John Maxwell

2. “The Emotional Life of Your BRAIN, How its unique Patterns Affect the way you think, feel and live – and how you can change them”, by Richard J. Davidson with Sharon Begley

When: Thursday the 21st of December (the 3rd Thursday of the month)
Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 30th of November
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).
These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.
On the 30-11-2017 “De toolbox voor het competentiegericht onderwijs”, 3.00 pm by Mrs. Lucille Hernandez.
Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.

We highly recommend Live2Lead 2017 Rebroadcast
November 25, 2017 @ The Cinemas Curaçao.
Registration – 8:00 AM
Event Begins – 8:30 AM
Break - 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Event Ends – 12:30PM
Place: The Cinemas / next to Renaissance Curaçao Resort, Otrobanda
Contribution: US $51.49 (incl. fee)
Buy your ticket: www.eventbrite.com/e/live2lead-curacao-tickets-…
For more info call our core group member: Barbara via Email: [email protected] / mobile 5999 521 1055.



Personal Coaching tip

This week we will continue to share stress relieving tips. See how Ex president Obama relaxed when he was in office for example.

Ex-President Obama Discusses Managing Stress - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4OuFaHGB9g


90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6402QJp52M

10 Ways to Managing Stress at Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL0Iv10SIgc

Brian Tracey 5 Ways to Reduce Stress - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPPMgz4zZ0w

What is Stress? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s93ywqFa6CM

7 Simple Tips To Reduce Your STRESS Right Now - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDecu0ME1Zo


Dealing with debt problems, upcoming events and this week tip

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (13th – 19th of November) we will expand more on personal debt problems we discussed in our last week’s blog and discuss how to deal with it; we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind-platform session on the 16th of November; we will invite you to high recommended events like the workshops of Global Enterprise Week on the 15th of November; the webinar of SIGE on the 30th of November; the corporate governance masterclass on the 23rd and 24th of November; the Live2Lead event on the 25th of November and we will end with this week’s personal coaching tips.


Lack of awareness and budgetary literacy increases the risk to fall in a debt trap

In last week’s blog we expanded on what we consider a serious challenge, that is affecting parts of our society in an increasing matter. The debt problems of people in Curacao, which is present in all walks of life and not necessarily among the poor only, is increasing according to Jamir Barton based on his experiences. Jamir is one of our core group members of Share2Uplift.
Jamir: “What we are seeing is, that there is a lot of ignorance (people that don’t know that they don’t know) among people of the consequences of their borrowing habits. Partially because of the constant pressures of a society based on the consumption of all sorts of consumer goods and partially because of increasing aggressive sales pitches by lenders of money, makes it tough to not give in to all these temptations to borrow excessively”.


To balance this, Jamir is off the opinion, that there is a need to increase:

• awareness of the problem and

• financial literacy on the island.

By doing this it, this doesn’t necessary mean, that people will behave more responsible, but at least you can increase the chances, that people will behave more prudently.

To get an idea of mindset involved in this behavior, look at for example at 7 thrifty habits from the rich and financially balanced people and compared these with those whom have debt problems.

Check this link economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/plan/7-thrifty-habits-you-can-learn-from-the-rich/articleshow/58656377.cms

1. They live below their means;

2. They spend less on clothes, shoes, food;

3. They save & invest first, spend later;

4. They don’t carry much cash, use credit cards wisely;

5. They look for discounts, coupons and ways to cut costs;

6. They value quality over cost;

7. They donate, by all means, but first ensure their future by saving and investing.

People with debt problems usually do exactly the opposite.

But then, knowing what to do is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition to live financially balanced.
Jamir explains that in his program My Budget My Challenge: “At first the client has to be personally motivated, but at the other hand also willing to learn the necessary skills and abilities to change his behaviors on a personal level. The family will be involved and also motivated and where necessary also learn some tips to support the whole situation. When it comes to being frugal, it needs to be a family effort. Having educated family members goes a long way to saving money and better preparing all, especially the kids, for their financial futures. The incentives will need to be aligned and aimed at lasting chances. For example, if the employers would pay for the program under the condition that if the client falls of the wagon, the client will have to pay back fully the costs of the program, this might help the client to stay the course and change. And finally, we are having talks with official institutions to see what can be done to tighten up the local legal frameworks on the island. By law there is a maximum percentage (37 %) of the gross income someone can borrow money, but it needs further sharpening”, according to Jamir.


Employers needs to take the lead
In any case contrary to, for example Holland, where the government and municipalities play an important role in the debt relief of certain persons that qualify, the core group is of the opinion that on Curacao the employers should take the lead and help create finance awareness and offer budgetary literacy programs for their employees. The reason why is strictly business. Employees that are living with a manageable debt are less vulnerable to all the negative consequences like too much stress, loss in productivity… etc. that falling in the debt trap might cause, but they are also less vulnerable to take fraudulent actions.

For some more tips go to these links:
acultivatednest.com/10-frugal-habits-thrifty-people-nurture/ or moneyning.com/frugality/7-habits-of-highly-frugal-people/ or watch this video link of Dave Ramsey, a premiere advisor on personal debt, The Debt Is Not The Problem - Dave Ramsey Rant – YouTube /www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8lpLgWrHGQ and also his 9 tips www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dc-9Y9BToQ


Role of Share2Uplift
We firmly belief, that based on our personal experiences with clients that personal debt issues, need to be addressed urgently and that is why we offer via Jamir Barton JBF Consultancy this intervention program “My Budget My Challenge” to address all those in need of debt counseling. And we fully agree with Dave Ramsey it is not a numbers game, but a personal behavorial change (80 %) that is required. In that sense it is part of our overall effort to enable 21st century mindsets on Curacao. For more information on My Budget My Challenge call or email Jamir Barton, [email protected] or 5999-6833279.

Our next Master Your Mind-platform session coming Thursday the 16th of November
On Thursday the 16th of November, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the two Leadership books of John Maxwell:

The 360 degrees Leader, Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization;

Winning with People, Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time.

When: Thursday the 16th of November (the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Where: Biblioteka Nashonal

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE



We highly recommend GEW workshops

The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Curacao 2017 and recommend you to attend as many events as you can in the week of November 13th to November the 19th 2017. Go to their website www.gewcuracao.com for more information. Locally this event is organized by Fundashon Negoshi Pikina. See the following workshops being offered on the 15th of November.



We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 30th of November
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).
These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.
On the 30-11-2017 “De toolbox voor het competentiegericht onderwijs”, 3.00 pm by Mrs. Lucille Hernandez.
Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.


Highly recommended Masterclass corporate governance
WWW.UNIVERSITYOFGOVERNANCE.COM

Dates: 23 & 24 November 2017 | time: 8:00 - 17:00
Location: Kura Hulanda
Languages: Dutch, English and Papiamento
Trainers: Dr. Miguel Goede | Dieudonne van der Veen RA | Anthon Casperson MBA | Billy Pandt | Percy Pinedo MBA | Drs. Ivan Kuster | And others
Who should attend? CEO's, Members of Supervisory Boards, Advisers, Others
Languages: Dutch, English, Papiamentu
W. www.miguelgoede.com
E. www.miguelgoede.com/master-class-governance

M. (5999) 5616853 / SkypeID: miguelgoede


We highly recommend Live2Lead 2017 Rebroadcast 
November 25, 2017 @ The Cinemas Curaçao.
Registration – 8:00 AM
Event Begins – 8:30 AM
Break - 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Event Ends – 12:30PM
Place: The Cinemas / next to Renaissance Curaçao Resort, Otrobanda
Contribution: US $51.49 (incl. fee)
Buy your ticket: www.eventbrite.com/e/live2lead-curacao-tickets-
For more info call our core group member: Barbara via Email: [email protected] / mobile 5999 521 1055.



Personal Coaching tip
This week’s coaching tips are about how to manage stress and are mostly from Mark Waldman and also from Brian Tracey. Check also our Share2Uplift Facebook page where we will upload one tip every single day starting from Tuesday from 6 am.

Stress Management Strategies: Ways to Unwind - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fL-pn80s-c

How to Release Your Negative Thoughts - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4I1YDjhDM&t=3s

Increase your awareness with an emotional exercise - Mark Waldman - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbmgX9DKq4A

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness with Mark Waldman - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=48J65uRj-LU

How Positive & Negative & Thoughts Influence Your Financial Results Mark Waldman - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l_Uws5vV5o

Effective Stress Management Techniques, Brian Tracey - YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?vHbPTON5Omo



Solving debt problems, this year E-Awards, upcoming events and a personal coching tip.

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (6th – 12th of November) we will elaborate on what we perceive as the increasing personal debt problems on Curaçao and how to address this issue; we will expand on this year’s E-Awards by E-Awards foundation; we will refer to different interesting upcoming events like this week’s Global Enterpreneurship Week; the next upcoming Masterclass Corporate Governance; the next Webinar of SIGE; our next MYM-platform session and we will end with a personal coaching tip.

GDP to DEBT ratio, source World Bank.

Personal Debts problems
According to the available data of the World Bank, the GDP to Debt ratio of different countries is growing exponentially fast in contrast to the economic growth. We are consuming day by day more than what we produce. This situation reflects also in the Household of the common family.

In the USA debt Relief is more important now than ever before. Across the USA, millions of people are finding it more and more difficult to meet their financial obligations. As mortgage interest rates rise, Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) payments skyrocket. Credit card late fees continue to climb higher. Lenders in the USA keep offering credit to people who are in desperate need of help, but this only prolongs the problem, and often ends up simply increasing the total debt owed by a person. (www.topconsumerreviews.com/debt-relief-programs/detailed-reviews.php#curadebt)

In Holland there is a clear legal and policy framework to help people that have to deal with debt issues, the most important one being “De Wet Gemeentelijke Schuldhulpverlening (Wgs), 2012”, which is closely linked with policies to deal with the those living in poverty.The focus is very much on prevention itself, an emphasis on an integral approach via neighborhood teams at the Municipal level. They serve as gateway to debt relief and debt counseling. Experiences from different municipalities show that 85% of their neighborhoodteams “clients” have a financial relief request. in the year 2013 had about 1,25 milion poors of which more than half almost (595.000 poeple) have been living during more than 3 years below the poverty line. And there is “De Wet schuldsanering natuurlijke personen of Wsnp “ form1998, offering citizens an extra popportunity to create a debt free future.(nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet_schuldsanering_natuurlijke_personen)


But how is the situation in Curaçao?
According to what Jamir Barton, JBF-Consultancy (a Share2Uplift core group member) has collected among his clients, he experiences that this issue is becoming an increasing challenge in our society. The lack of Financial literacy among the people and the ability on how to deal with debt and its consequences, is making havoc among some households. Because of this some fall into a debt trap, by borrowing money from institutions not falling under the supervision of the CBCS.

Jamir: “I have made a program called My Budget My Challenge because of the fact that basically I had to rebuild my career and live after being bankrupt some years ago. Based on those experiences I developed this program.
 I am also seeing that lenders are becoming increasingly aggressive in selling clients loans via “WhatsApp”/SMS-messages, radio and local TV. This is a troublesome. When a person has debt mounting and continually finds himself struggling every month, it may be time to seek debt relief and not be offered a next loan’.


Need for a drastic mindset shift on debt versus savings

Addressing this issue on Curaçao is extremely important because, studies have proven the link between stress, health and money problems. The impact can be tough and it can create havoc on your personal life by causing you to think about money all the time. Debt is about much more than money. Being in debt can lead to a number of other emotional and psychological issues.

Depression and Anxiety (www.thesimpledollar.com/the-emotional-effects-of-debt/ ); Resentment, it isn’t uncommon to blame your partner for coming into the relationship with more debt, losing a job, or not making enough money, or spending habits that may have led to debt; Denial, even if you’re able to ignore your debt completely, it will only offer temporarily relief, if any — and it often leads to more and more debt piling up; Stress, debt and stress go hand in hand. It’s natural to worry about how you’re going to deal with that debt and whether you’ll ever get out from under it, the stress that comes from debt can eliminate all happiness you get from spending money; Anger and Frustration, it can be especially frustrating and infuriating when it was somewhat beyond your control, such as a job loss, divorce, a death in the family, major repair to a home or car, or unforeseen medical bills; Regret, looking at a pile of bills and seeing that total debt amount can, without a doubt, lead to regret; Shame and Embarrassment, like it or not, money and material possessions are often associated with success in our society. If you’re in debt, it’s no surprise if you feel embarrassed or ashamed about it; Fear, you may grow to fear repercussions that sometimes accompany debt. If you’re struggling to make payments toward your debt, you may fear eviction or foreclosure on your home, bankruptcy, your utilities getting shut off, or debts going into collections. At the other hand being debt free creates relief, freedom, and accomplishment.


Role of Share2Uplift

We firmly belief that based on our personal experiences with clients that personal debt issues, need to be addressed and that is why we offer via Jamir Barton JBF Consultancy this intervention program “My Budget My Challenge” to address all those in need of debt counseling.
For more information contact [email protected] or 5999-6833279.

Check next weeks’ blog for more on this subject matter.


E-Awards 1st lustrum underway
On Sunday the 5th of November E-Premio Perfekto Foundation presented for the 5th year their activity where they placed some of the best students of some schools at the primary and secondary level in the spotlight. This approach were the schoolchildren are being selected based on their overall behaviors, helps to give the schoolchildren a more positive self-image and self-esteem. We commend Jessica Colastica for initiating this. After focusing on the schoolchildren for these past 5 years, the intention of the E-Premio Perfekto foundation is to shifting their focus to the parents of the schoolchildren and help create an even better supportive environment, so that the children can grow up and develop themselves to become the best they can become. 

We highly recommend GEW
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Curaçao 2017 and recommend you to attend as many events as you can in the week of November 13th to November the 19th 2017. Go to their website www.gewcuracao.com for more information. Locally this event is organized by Fundashon Negoshi Pikina


Highly recommended Masterclass corporate governance
WWW.UNIVERSITYOFGOVERNANCE.COM

Dates: 23 & 24 November 2017 | time: 8:00 - 17:00

Location: Kura Hulanda

Languages: Dutch, English and Papiamento

Trainers: Dr. Miguel Goede | Dieudonne van der Veen RA | Anthon Casperson MBA | Billy Pandt | Percy Pinedo MBA | Drs. Ivan Kuster | And others

Who should attend? CEO's, Members of Supervisory Boards, Advisers, Others
Languages: Dutch, English, Papiamentu
W. www.miguelgoede.com
E. www.miguelgoede.com/master-class-governance
M. (5999) 5616853 / SkypeID: miguelgoede


We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 30th of November
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).

These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.

On the 30-11-2017 “De toolbox voor het competentiegericht onderwijs”, 3.00 pm by Mrs. Lucille Hernandez.

Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.

 

Our next Master Your Mind-platform session on Thursday the 16th of November
On Thursday the 16th of November, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the two Leadership books of John Maxwell:

The 360 degrees Leader, Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization;

Winning with People, Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time.

When: Thursday the 16th of November (the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE

Personal Coaching tip
This week’s coaching tip is from Mark Waldman.

Mark: “BEST BRIEF STRESS VIDEO, EVER! This TED-Ed summary of the good and bad sides of stress should be watched and savored. It's very accurate, although there are other processes involved as well. Share this video with others - and make sure you watch Mark Waldman mindfulness videos also.

How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuyPuH9ojCE&app=desktop

Mark Waldman’s: 60 Seconds to [CHANGE] Your Brain - Part 1 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-gvWzr2_Tc

Mark Waldman’s: 60 Seconds to [CHANGE] Your Brain - Part 2 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6dQNJS5WN0

Mark Waldman’s: 60 Seconds to [CHANGE] Your Brain - Part 3 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i28dv9V2qc4&t=11s

Mark Waldman’s: 60 Seconds To [CHANGE] Your Brain - Part 4 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOp46351EIc


What to focus on, upcoming events and this week coaching tip

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (30th of October – 5th of November) we will discuss the WHAT needs to be focused on when we teach our youth, employees on the work and citizens. We will invite you to our next MYM-platform session; highly recommend you to participate in two webinars; we will highly recommend you to attend to the global entrepreneurial week and we will end with a personal coaching tip.


What Education do we need to focus on?
According to the Center of Curriculum Redesign (curriculumredesign.org/

Four-Dimensional Education) ArtificiaI Intelligence, Robotics and Genetic Engineering to mention the most important ones, will create big disruptive, combinatorial changes in the world we know today. This will also affect Curaçao on top of the myriad of local challenges we also have to deal with like: pending investments in Curaçao in the transshipment sector, the refinery, the airport, Drydock/Damen, Hospitality sector and numerous challenges in our educational systems and on the workplace, high youth unemployment rate, excessive and violent crimes, pervasive poverty, insufficient integrity in our institutions. But we truly belief, that the number of innovations will ultimately lead to an increase in the wealth of humanity and it will make the Curacao society better.

Check this link for example with an optimistic view on the future:

“AI and robots will take our jobs - but better ones will emerge for us | WIRED UK” www.wired.co.uk/article/jobs-of-the-future, by JOE LONSDALE where he also talks about 12 jobs of the future (thisincludes Coaching btw). “Fear is the wrong response to technological unemployment. Focusing on economic flexibility and adaptability — with special attention to eliminating the barriers we’ve accidentally created to the mobility of the working classes — is the right response to technological disruption. With sound policy in the context of a free and open society, I am optimistic that the coming advances in AI will massively reduce the cost to live a good life, and increase wealth and opportunity for all. Technological unemployment is scary for those affected — but has always gone hand in hand with economic progress. In the next few decades, we will continue to invent new ways to entertain, educate, serve and delight others, employing billions in the process. Populists will predictably vilify innovation — fear and hatred are powerful political weapons. But as our society grows more prosperous in absolute terms, raising the bar on the very definition of poverty, we will continue to create opportunities for people from all walks of life. The human mind and body remains the most complex, powerful machine on the planet, and we will adapt and thrive in a world of accelerating technological change. We owe it to our grandchildren to continue innovating.”

But then WHAT do we need to teach our youth, employees and citizens to be prepared for the 21st century? It depends on who you ask. But a Hanover Research report, A Crosswalk of 21st Century Skills, sheds some light on the subject. Check “13 Essential 21st Century Skills for Todays Students, www.envisionexperience.com/blog/13-essential-21st-century-skills-for-todays-students Hanover Research analyzed six major educational frameworks designed to improve the development of 21st century skills. This included frameworks and critical skills listed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills, the Metiri Group’s enGauge framework, the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills, developed by the Iowa Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S).

While each framework has slightly different list of critical 21st century skills, all agree on four critical areas for development:
Collaboration and teamwork
Creativity and imagination
Critical thinking
Problem solving

Although the Center of Curriculum Redesign (CCR) was not mentioned in this study, when making the comparison, they also mention 3 of the 4 above mentioned skills being:
Critical Thinking
Creative thinking
Collaboration
Communication


We firmly belief, that the driving force for the 21st century for Curaçao will be what and how we teach our youth and our citizens. Advances in the during this millennium will be possible only if we tap into that capital.

To gain support for this idea, we need to gain support from the leadership of the country. That is why we are focusing more and more on the leadership of the 7 pillars of Influence in our society, whereby we will distinguish CEO’s, Influencers and those offering mindset changes on Curaçao. Influencers could be HR-departments, educational institutions, representatives of our youth, leadership of labor unions and those leaders involved in NGO’s. As we are reaching the year 2018 (within two months) we are also thinking about the HOW to reach 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life, so to reach our target. By reaching this target, we enable leadership of the country with 21st mindsets that are also connected and aligned, creating value for the whole of the society. We, the core group of Share2uplift and Balance Coaching, have concluded that, the way to go is, to offer a yearlong 21st century based leadership course to the Leadership and Influencers of the country. By connecting, aligning and through collaboration among the coaches willing to participate, we belief that this is possible during 2018 so that by the end of 2018 we would have reached our target to have enabled the mindsets of 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life, collaborating to create value for the whole of the society.



Our role as a core group

As core group, we belief that we need big interventions in Curaçao to deal with the never stopping flow of challenges and the need to do some catch-up. We need to learn to adapt by continuously learning best practice skills like attention focus and EQ, to deal with the modern world and our local challenges. That is why we are aiming at:

1. CEO’s;
2. Influencers and
3. we try to connect dots and align efforts among those involved with mindsets shifts.


The second Coaching Platform Curaçao meeting on the 24th of October
On the 25th of October, there was the second session of the Coaching Platform Curacao at Biblioteka Nashonal. The about 20 attendees agreed to take further specific steps to consolidate this network and become a vehicle for more synergy among coaches to offer value for clients on the island. The next session of the Coaching Platform Curaçao is planned for midth of January 2018.

Our next Master Your Mind-platform session on Thursday the 16th of November
On Thursday the 16th of November, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the two Leadership books of John Maxwell:

The 360 degrees Leader, Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization;

Winning with People, Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time.

When: Thursday the 16th of November (the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE


We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 2nd of November

We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).
These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.
On the 2-11-2017 “Omgaan met LVB”, 3.00 pm by Denise Pestana.
Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.


We highly recommend another Webinar hosted by Miguel Goede on the 31st of October on SMART CITY Curaçao 3.0
Join this webinar and give your feedback in this session! It is on Oct 31, 2017 14:00 - 15:00 GMT-04:00. Go to, subscribe to participate and share your thoughts.





We highly recommend GEW
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Curacao 2017 and recommend you to attend as many events as you can in the week of November 13th to November the 19th 2017. Go to their website www.gewcuracao.com for more information. Locally this event is organized by Fundashon Negoshi Pikina

Personal Coaching tip

This week’s coaching tip is from Mark Waldman
FORGIVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS NOW, MAKE MORE MONEY IN THE FUTURE! When vice presidents and advisors at American Express were given a one-day forgiveness workshop, followed by four teleconference follow-ups over the following year, stress levels were reduced by 25%. They also generated an increase of 18% in gross sales. Those who didn’t participate only improved their sales by 10%.

TAKE THE FORGIVENESS CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW and write down, below, the first name of someone who is difficult for you to forgive, and write down one think about yourself that you will also forgive. This is one of the most powerful neurologically enhancing things you can do for your brain!

The study was conducted by Frederick Luskin, professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He suggests these 10 steps:

1. Know exactly how you feel about what happened and be able to articulate what about the situation is not OK. Then, tell a couple of trusted people about your experience.

2. Make a commitment to yourself to feel better. Forgiveness is for you and no one else.

3. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean reconciling with the person who upset you or condoning the action. In forgiveness you seek the peace and understanding that come from blaming people less after they offend you and taking those offenses less personally.

4. Get the right perspective on what is happening. Recognize that your primary distress is coming from the hurt feelings, thoughts, and physical upset you are suffering now, not from what offended you or hurt you two minutes—or 10 years—ago.

5. At the moment you feel upset, practice stress management to soothe your body’s fight or flight response.

6. Give up expecting things from other people, or your life, that they do not choose to give you. Recognize the "unenforceable rules" you have for your health or how you or other people must behave. Remind yourself that you can hope for health, love, friendship and prosperity and work hard to get them.

7. Put your energy into looking for another way to get your positive goals met than through the experience that has hurt you. Instead of mentally replaying your hurt seek out new ways to get what you want.

8. Remember that a life well lived is your best revenge. Instead of focusing on your wounded feelings, and thereby giving the person who caused you pain power over you, learn to look for the love, beauty and kindness around you.

9. Amend your grievance story to remind you of the heroic choice to forgive.


Attention focus strategies, last call for session Coaching Platform Curacao, upcoming events and this week tip

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will expand on the need to learn attention focus strategies to deal with the increasing number of distractions different walks of life in our society are confronting. We will expand on the importance to master Emotional Intelligence skills. We will invite you, if you are a coach, to the upcoming Coaching Platform Curaçao on the 24th of October; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 16th of November; we will highly recommend to the next webinar SIGE is offering on the 2nd of November; we will highly recommend you to this year’s Global Entrepreneur Week 2017 from the 13th of November till the 19th of November and we will end with 8 personal coaching tips on how to focus and better address the increasing distractions in our life.


Attention Focus and Emotional Intelligence two 21st century mindsets/skills
We are living in a fascinating era of new discoveries in science and technology.
During these days/week there is World Conference taking place at Osaka in Japan on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and we are convinced that in the end these developments will bring, as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution we are experiencing, more prosperity to humanity. But there are also down sides to these developments.

Like the information overload.
According to Herbert Simon, the Nobel Price Winner in 1978 already said many years ago, attention will be affected the most by the overflow of information and there will be a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the over-abundance of information sources that might consume that attention. In these days and age, there is a sheer unstoppable growth in distractions and information overload. According to Daniel Coleman (social-psychologist, author of the book Focus and Emotional Intelligence) today’s children are growing up in a new reality, one where they are attuning more to machines and less to people than has ever been true in human history. That’s troubling for several reasons.

For one: the social and emotional circuitry of a child’s brain learns from contact and conversation with everyone it encounters over the course of a day. These interactions mold brain circuitry. The fewer hours spent with people – and the more staring at a digitized screen — portends deficit” Daniel Coleman. Attention, as Goleman explains, comes in many varieties. Its extreme forms tend to be the most limiting. When we’re too attentive, we fall victim to tunnel vision. The mind narrows. When attention is absent, we lose control of our thoughts. We turn into scatterbrains.



What do we need to do about this lack of attention?
Attention focus is a mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Attention works much like muscle: use it poorly and it wither; work on it well and it grows. This is why we need to teach children and adults from all walks of life attention focus and mindfulness strategies. The Center of Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is mentioning Mindfulness as one of the 6 important character traits of the Education of the 21st century. Check this link for more on the CCR, Rethinking the Curriculum that Students Really Need – YouTube.

The second downside of our youth attuning more to machines is, that all of that digital engagement comes at a cost:

in face time with real people – the medium where we learn to “read” non-verbals, the youth in this digital world may be adroit at the keyboard, but are emotionally less able to connect with other real people, because they don’t learn enough to read non-verbals.

Check this You Tube video by Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace for more www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU

Locally we might also see this kind of dysfunctional behavior manifests itself, but on top of this we are of the opinion that within our educational systems and on the workplace of most organizations in Curacao pay way too little attention to developing the Emotional Intelligence of our youth and employees.

What do we need to do about this lack of Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ)?
We need to create awareness: “Research shows that EQ is much more important than IQ in almost every role and many times more in leadership roles”, Steven Covey.

Not education, not experience, not knowledge or intellectual horsepower are adequate predictors of why a person succeeds and another doesn’t. It is EQ, more difficult to measure than IQ, its power can’t be denied. By understanding what EQ really is and how we can manage it in our lives, we can begin to leverage all of intelligence, education and experience.

What is EQ? It is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously (prudently) and empathetically.

That is why we consider Emotional Intelligence together with Effective Communication as vital behaviors, that we need to work on with the highest priority and by doing this enable 21st century mindsets in Curaçao in all walks of life. While we are wired to be social beings, without any interventions we will be less able to develop solid human relations. We know that one of the most important factors of happiness in the world are the quality and dependability of the relations with Family, Loved Ones and Friends. Check this link:

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger – YouTube.


The Center of Curriculum Redesign considers Effective Communication as one of the 4 C’s (Creative; Critical; Collaboration and Communication) of the 21st century education.


Our role as a core group
As core group, we belief that we need big interventions in Curaçao to deal with the never stopping flow of challenges and the need to do some catch-up. We need to learn to adapt by continuously learning best practice skills like attention focus and EQ, to deal with the modern world and our local challenges. That is why we are aiming at:

1. CEO’s;

2. Influencers and

3. We try to connect dots and align efforts among those involved with mindsets shifts.

If you are a coach, you are invited to our next Coaching Platform Curaçao.


The second Coaching Platform Curaçao meeting on the 24th of October
On the 30thof June 2017 the core group of Share2Uplift and Balance Coaching organized a first get together of all known coaches working on Curaçao. Attendees were asked to identify their needs to improve the professional knowledge; identify needs of clients and the need for improved collaboration among one another. On Tuesday the 25th of October, there will be the second session of the Coaching Platform Curaçao that we will organize. We will present

• the results of the brainstorming sessions of the 30th of June;

• register those interested coaches/organizations to share the expertise that they offer that will made available via a virtual platform for those participating and discuss how to work on improvement of the knowledge and skills levels of local coaches and leadership courses and coaching courses that we can offer to clients.

• If you are a coach you are cordially invited.

Place: Biblioteka Nashonal

Time: 6 – 7.30 pm

Date: 24th of October

Our next Master Your Mind-platform session on Thursday the 16th of November
On Thursday the 16th of November, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the two Leadership books of John Maxwell:

1. The 360 degrees Leader, Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization;

2. Winning with People, Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time.

When: Thursday the 16th of November (the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Where: Biblioteka Nashonal

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance Fee: FREE


We highly recommend the next Webinar of SIGE on the 2nd of November
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).

These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.

On the 2-11-2017 “Omgaan met LVB”, 3.00 pm by Denise Pestana.

Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.



We highly recommend
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Curaçao 2017 and recommend you to attend as many events as you can in the week of November 13th to November the 19th 2017. Go to their website www.gewcuracao.com for more information. Locally this event is organized by Fundashon Negoshi Pikiña.



Personal Coaching tip
This week’s coaching tips are from the book “The power of focus”, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt

Let us share with you, 8 points from the book that we think you’ll appreciate:

1. Each week take one day completely off. No business phone, no emails. No work. Just make it your day to think and plan. But don’t actually do any business work.

2. Spend time with your family. At least one day each week should be a full family day. If you can’t do that, be sure to spend as much time as you possibly can each day in the mornings or evenings with the people you love and care about.

3. Before going to sleep, create an outline of what you want to accomplish the following day. Not in your head, write it down. Do that from Monday to Friday.

4. Find one thing that makes your day better. Each of us has things that we enjoy doing. Make sure you do something you enjoy each day. Whatever it is. Treat yourself.

5. Take a nap. The authors suggest taking 25 minutes to sleep midday during the week. This will re-charge you and get you more focused. Especially if you’re waking up between 5:30-6:30am each morning.

6. Ask more. Don’t be scared of rejection. You need to ask people in all situations for what you want. It’s what kids do. It’s what works. Ask and you’ll often get.

7. Be consistent and persistent. Don’t give up on something after only a couple of tries. It can often take years of toiling away to make you an ‘overnight success’.

8. Keep your promises. Most people don’t follow through and do what they say. If you do, make sure you promote that fact. In emails or calls to clients, let them know that you got ____ done “as promised.” That will reinforce your commitment.


Share2Uplift, Master Your Mind-platform,Coaching Platform Curaçao and this week personal coaching tips

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (16th – 22nd of October) we will expand on where we stand as the Share2Uplift movement and what we still have ahead of us one year from now. We will answer the why, what, how and with whom, question. We will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind-platform session on the 19th of October; invite those whom are coaches to come to our 2nd Coaching Platform Curaçao on the 24th of October to discuss deeper collaborations, we will recommend you to the next webinar of SIGE on the 19th of October and we will end with some personal coaching tips from Mark Waldman.


One year to go, where do we stand as the Share2Uplift movement?

The number of disruptive changes will increase not decrease (The WHY). We are in the 4th Industrial Revolution and the coming years we will as humanity experience more change then ever before in such a short time span. For example Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Genetic Engineering are some examples on how science and technology is changing the world landscape. But locally we also have a never-ending number of challenges like: Major pending investments in Curacao in transshipment sector, refinery, airport, Damen/Drydock, Hospitality sector investments and numerous challenges in our educational systems and on the workplace, high youth unemployment rate (40 %), excessive and violent crimes, poverty is still pervasive, insufficient integrity in our institutions.


We belief that It is not the sun, sea, wind, geographical position but our human resources and especially the way (The WHAT) we use the abilities of our minds! These abilities are almost limitless especially now that neuro science and positive psychology have also grown rapidly mostly because of the fMRI-technology (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery). We are advocates of preparations to adapt to this new world order and to do this, we need a mental upgrade. We need to upgrade our habits and belief systems to a 2.0 version to prevent us from becoming too overwhelmed and dysfunctional. As we continue reading new books, watching you tubes and gaining more experience as a coaches and facilitators of 21st century workshops among clients in Curaçao, we have noticed three vital behaviors (or key habits), that need to be addressed with priority. First what are vital behaviors (keystone habits)? Vital behaviors are the smallest set of actions/habits that lead to the results you want. They are the few high-leverage actions/habits that if you keep doing them, produce the outcomes you're after.

We need to work on:
1) letting people accept 100 % responsibility;

2) developing our Emotional Intelligence and mastery over EQ strategies and

3) mastering the ability to have Crucial Conversations.


100 % responsibility: Having a pro-active mindset and accepting 100 % responsibility over all our decisions made in our lives, will make us far more solution oriented and focused on taking our faith in our own hand, instead of waiting for others to take care of things we ourselves can take care off. It also implies, no blaming, no complaining and having “no excuses” for not doing what you can do yourself.

Developing Emotional Intelligence and master EQ strategies: We, as human beings, are wired to react within fractions of seconds when our instinctual brain perceives danger or treats. Our logical thinking brain reacts only after 7 seconds or more, after we have received an impulse. But we as human beings also have some unique competencies that animals don’t have. We have an independent willpower. We can, after an impulse, choose how we react, before we react. Self-control is a teachable trait. We can train ourselves to react more properly, instead of reacting impulsively when our hot buttons are pushed. By applying emotional intelligence strategies, we are able to improve our Emotional Intelligence and therefore the quality of our interpersonal relations.

Mastering Crucial Conversation: When the stakes are high, emotions can run high and there are differences of opinions, it is important to know how to manage crucial conversation. it would be very beneficial to solve escalation and loose-loose outcomes of these conversations. Because in our personal and professional lives, we will always some way or another, be confronted with the need to have crucial conversations, having mastery over: “How to have crucial conversations” will significantly improve the quality of relationships within our families and at the workplace and therefore the quality of our lives.

To sum up, we firmly belief that by focusing on these 3 vital behaviors, we can improve accountability, our self-confidence and through self-awareness aim to make us more aware of our blind spots. This might even mean, becoming self-aware of how our ego might become a serious obstacle in achieving our higher levels of personal fulfillment.


But, HOW to tap into the limitless possibilities of the minds of our people in Curaçao and with WHOM?
Our goal is to reach 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life to connect dots and align efforts by the end of 2018. By doing just that, Curaçao would become a much better place to life and we would be much better able to deal with the never-ending challenges in our personal and professional life. As core group of Share2Uplift we work on a personal level One-on-One level, but we also gaining more experience in transforming organizations. This we do by starting at the top with the CEO or an Influencer (those whom have a big circle of influence) with One-on-Ones. The rest of the management team and other layers of the organization we then reach via workshops and book discussions on Emotional Intelligence and Crucial Conversations within a group, that basically is a form of group coaching and a platform to exchange experiences among peers, where concepts and real-life situations are being discussed. This adds significantly retention-value to the participants.











We also connect by working on a forming a Coaching Platform Curaçao to create more cross pollination among all local coaches that want to be part of this;

• We highly recommended events, like we used this blog to promote some recent events Living with Integrity conference; Live2Lead web cast organized by Living Leadership Foundation, we highly recommended a master Corporate Governance;

• We commended UoC and SIGE regarding a seminar and workshops on “How to motivate our Youth”. We commended SIGE on the webinars that they introduced as a new outlet to reach teachers and parents;

• We align with (social) entrepreneurs to create value for the whole of the society. We are collaborating with partners to set up a Year-long Executive Course on 21st century mindsets, so that we can be able to cater the needs of growing number of clients interested in upgrading their mental software. Via the foundation Youth Vision 5000 we align with the drivers of Hoben On and JCI’s “Manera bo Bos No tin Dos” and with Greenkidz;

• We collaborated with Biblioteka Nashonal in promoting the serial entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Jean-Pierre Doran in an event in the Auditorium of Biblioteka Nashonal;

• We collaborate to promote reading via our Master Your Mind-platform sessions every 3rd Thursday of the month discussing self-help and personal leadership books;

• We collaborate with Chit Chat Mensings Caminada in promoting audiences to read inspiring and motivational books;

• We offer one-on-one Life coaching services, workshops and My Budget My Challenge (a product aimed at teaching participants financial self-discipline).

• We are willing to connect, promote, align and collaborate with whomever we consider to be like minded and like valued. Feel free to contact us. Send an email to [email protected]

As the core group of Share2Uplift we are focusing on:
1. Value education;

2. 21st century Leadership development and

3. align efforts at least 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life and empower them with 21st century mindsets by the end of 2018.

By continuously “connecting dots and aligning efforts”, expanding our networks and contacts, exploring new ways and means for collaboration to leverage and enable the biggest changes possible on Curaçao based on “best practices” on value education and leadership development.

Our next Master Your Mind-platform session
On Thursday the 19th of October, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the books:

1. “Getting things Done, the art of stress-free productivity”, by David Allen

2. “Focus, the Hidden Driver of Excellence”, by Daniel Coleman

When: Thursday the 19th of October (the 3rd Thursday of the month)
Where: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE


The second Coaching Platform Curaçao meeting on the 24th of October
On the 30th of June 2017 the core group of Share2uplift and Balance Coaching organized a first get together of all known coaches working on Curaçao. Attendees were asked to identify their needs to improve the professional knowledge; identify needs of clients and the need for improved collaboration among one another. On Tuesday the 24th of October, there will be the second session of the Coaching Platform Curaçao that we will organize.

We will present:

• the results of the brainstorming sessions of the 30th of June;

• register those interested coaches/organizations to share the expertise that they offer that will made available via a virtual platform for those participating and

• discuss how to work on improvement of the knowledge and skills levels of local coaches. If you are a coach you are cordially invited.
Please confirm by sending an E-mail to [email protected] (subject line Coaching Platform Curaçao)
Place: Biblioteka Nashonal
Time: 6 – 7.30 pm


The next Webinar of SIGE on the 19th of October
We would like to invite all especially teachers and parents for the upcoming next Webinar of SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal).

These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents.

On the 19-10-2017 “E bentana di diferensha den klas”, 2.00 pm by Haymond Kerindongo.

Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars.


Personal Coaching tip
This week’s personal coaching tips are from Mark Waldman.
SOME GREAT NEUROWISDOM TIPS TO USE WHILE YOU WORK: Can you actually increase work productivity with a single yawn? Or turn on 1200 stress-reducing genes with a single word? Can 60 seconds of daydreaming stimulate creative problem-solving? The answer, according to the latest neuroscience research, is yes! I've put together 21 transformational strategies in a free ebook that you can use to improve virtually every aspect of your work life:launchmoxie.com/neurotips-for-success/


Here's a couple of the "rules" you'll learn about...if you just do these two (and ignore the other 19 brain-changing NeuroTips, you see your success-ratio soar in 7-10 days, guaranteed. And they are all grounded in evidence-based research and proven strategies we teach to our MBA students at Loyola Marymount University.


RULE #1: RELAX!

If you want to remain focused and productive throughout the work day, you need to take three 10-second relaxation breaks each hour. The decision-making processes in your frontal lobe get exhausted after 10-20 minutes of concentration. What are the three fastest ways to relax and refresh your busy brain? Yawning, slow stretching, and gentle stroking of your hands and arms. Yawning slows down over-activity throughout your brain. Super-slow stretching of your neck, shoulders, and arms brings you into the present moment where better decisions are made. Very slow touching of your forearms and hands decreases negative emotions while stimulating the confidence centers in your brain. Download a mindfulness clock onto your computer and cell phone, setting it to go off three times each hour.

RULE #2: LIVE YOUR VALUES

If you want to eliminate stress throughout the entire day and improve the quality of your work, ask yourself this question every morning: “What is my deepest innermost value?” At our College of Business, where I teach, 90% of our students – who run multimillion dollar corporations – report increased work satisfaction and a substantial decrease in stress. If you reflect you your personal, business, and relationship values several times throughout the day, you’ll feel happier and more capable of dealing with difficult issues and conflicts. Repeating a positive value word (like peace, love, integrity, confidence, etc.) for 5-10 minutes will turn on as many as 1200 stress-reducing genes.

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SIGE Webinars, Empowering teachers, Soul Garden Book Club, next MYM Platform session and two coaching tips

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (9th – 16th of October), we will continue to expand on positive developments that we take notice off on Curaçao. We will commend SIGE for launching in September their newest outlet “Webinars”, to share educational concepts and ideas with teachers and parents; we will expand on the focus on the “empowerment of teachers” as was expressed on “The teachers Day on the 5th of October” as part of aiming to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals section 4. We will expand on the alignment with John Maxwell goal on changing the world based on changing countries as expressed in the Live2Lead web cast of the 6th of October again, this perfectly fits in the goals of the Share2Uplift movement to change Curaçao. We will invite you to the next upcoming Soul Garden Book Club member meeting on October the 14th; our next MYM-platform session on the 19th of October and for coaches among you, we cordially invite you to the second Coaching Platform Curaçao meeting on the 24th of October at “Biblioteka Nashonal”. We will end this blog with two personal coaching tips.


Webinars as new 21st century outlet to reach teachers and parents

We would like to commend SIGE (Sentro di Inovashon Guia Edukashonal) for launching webinars as a new outlet to reach teachers and parents in September. These Webinars aim to inspire and expand the knowledge of teachers and parents. They have already presented three webinars up to now and the planning for the coming months is:

On 19-10-2017 “E bentana di diferensha den klas”, 2.00 pm;

On 2-11-2017 “Omgaan met LVB”, 3.00 pm;

On 20-11-2017 “De toolbox for competentie gericht onderwijs” and finally

On the 7-12-2017 “2nd chance to educate”, 3.00 pm.

Go to www.sige.cw or telephone 7386570/7472700 for more information on the upcoming webinars. By using this innovative medium to enable mindset changes and after also in collaboration with UoC (University of Curacao) offering seminars and workshops that we consider best practice 21st century mindsets, SIGE is taking innovative steps to help improve our educational system and help support parents on Curacao. By taking both these actions SIGE is aligned with what the Centre for Curriculum Redesign calls 21st century learning.


World teachers day
On the 5th of October it was the World Teachers Day. The theme this year according to UNESCO was: “Teaching in freedom and empowering teachers”. DOS celebrated this day in Fort Amsterdam (Government Centre of Curaçao) with the minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports; the Prime Minister and the Minister of SOAW.


Minister Mrs. Alcala-Walle shared the commitment of this government to aim at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal - SDG number 4, which is: “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”. For more go to: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ENGLISH_Why_it_Matters_Goal_4_QualityEducation.pdf


Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls in the world. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.

It was emphasized by the Minister, that teachers and employees working in the educational field in Curaçao are pivotal to achieve these SGD goals by the year 2030 and that the necessary empowerment of teachers in any type of education is considered their highest priority. We commend the government for this consideration.




John Maxwell’s effort to go for an Olympic gold
On the 6th of October the Living Leadership Foundation offered a well organized ‘web cast”- event of this year’s Live2Lead, that was transmitted simultaneously to 300 locations in different parts of the world. The casting this year was spectacular and for those attendees who took notes, there was more then enough offered, as take homes.

Attendees where requested as usual to A.C.T., meaning:
A = Apply;
C = Change and
T = Teach/Transfer.

During the event: Capture notes, and mark the ACT’s.

After the event: Crystalize ACT’S; Priorities 1,2,3 Take ACT’s.

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we would like to share this with you. I commend Living Leadership Foundation for offering this event every year and save the date next year, it will be on the 12th of October 2018. An emotional John Maxwell at the end of the web cast shared his biggest GOAL in what he called his effort to go for an Olympic gold. Maxwell wants to change the world, by enabling changes in countries. He shared with the attendees that his team is working with people from Guatemala and Paraguay to develop leadership values curriculum, that will be taught to the youth in those two countries. This as a direct spin-off of giving leadership courses to all walks of life in Guatemala in 2013 and in 2017 in collaboration with Guatemala Transforma and in Paraguay (in 2016) aimed at transforming the whole country. We are in awe of this ambitious goal of John Maxwell with his team and it inspired us a lot to just stay our own course. As the core group of Share2Uplift, we too want to transform World teachers day on the 5th of October, by focusing also on ethical leadership development in all walks of life.


Our focus
As the core group of Share2Uplift we are focusing on:

1. Value education and

2. 21st century Leadership development.

We are on our way to identify 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life by the end of 2018.

We firmly believe, that it is not the sun, the sea, the wind, our geographical position and neither per se our people on Curaçao, but how our people use their mind and limitless potential, that is our most important asset. We belief that by offering “Executive Coaching”, that is “One to one performance coaching” and group coaching to other management team members, we can improve the performance of organizations and individuals based on 21st century mindsets and skills sets. We are convinced that by improving the performance of the most influential people within the organizations from all walks of life, their performance will improve and ultimately all sectors on the whole island from all walks of life, will improve.

We therefore want to align efforts at least 250 ethical leaders from all walks of life and empower them with 21st century mindsets by the end of 2018. If these first 250 early adapters would think in possibilities, think positive, collaborate and continuously work on their personal growth, based on accepting 100 % responsibility for their own choices, Curaçao would increase exponentially its problem solving capacity. Curaçao would, within soon become a sustainable, healthy, wealthy and a more happy island.


Whom we are targeting?

So the core-group of Share2Uplift connects deliberately with

1. CEO’s;

2. Influencers being, those whom are “drivers” within their own circle of influence in their respective sector.

3. Those coaches, mentors, trainers and counselors working at enabling mindset changes among their clients for all walks of life.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we want to enable the adaptation of this new 21ste century curriculum in our local educational institutions, but also enable the content of what is being offered and learned on the work floors. We organize different activities contributing to the awareness of the need for change, sharing lots of tips and tops for these changes.

How?
But we are continuously “connecting dots and aligning efforts”, expanding our networks and contacts, exploring new ways and means for collaboration to leverage and enable the biggest changes possible on Curaçao based on “best practices” on value education and leadership development.



Soul Garden Book Club discussion on the 14th of OctoberComing Saturday the 14th of October Haydee Hermans, a core member of the share2uplift, will facilitate a book discussion of “ Make miracles in forty days”, by Meoldy Beattie.

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Soul Garden

For more information go to www.facebook.com/soulgardencuracao/




Our next Master Your Mind-platform session
On Thursday the 19th of October, we will present to you 2 new books focused on enabling changed mindsets, self-help and personal leadership. We will present to you the books:

1. “Getting things Done, the art of stress-free productivity”, by David Allen

2. “Focus, the Hidden Driver of Excellence”, by Daniel Coleman

When: Thursday the 19th of October (the 3rd Thursday of the month)
Where: Biblioteka Nashonal. Time: 7 - 8.30 pm. Entrance Fee: FREE


The second Coaching Platform Curacao meeting on the 24th of October
On the 30th of June 2017 the core group of Share2uplift and Balance Coaching organized a first get together of all known coaches working on Curacao. Attendees were asked to identify their needs to improve the professional knowledge; identify needs of clients and the need for improved collaboration among one another. On Tuesday the 24h of October, there will be the second session of the Coaching Platform Curacao that we will organize.

We will present:

• the results of the brainstorming sessions of the 30th of June;

• register those interested coaches/organizations to share the expertise that they offer that will made available via a virtual platform for those participating and

• discuss how to work on improvement of the knowledge and skills levels of local coaches. If you are a coach you are cordially invited.

Place: Biblioteka Nashonal

Time: 6 – 7.30 pm


Personal Coaching tip
This week’s personal coaching tips are from Mark Waldman.

Neurotip # 1:
SAVORING POSITIVE MEMORIES INCREASES HAPPINESS AND FUTURE SUCCESS. The promise of pleasure motivates your brain to take action and pursue goals. Pleasure (mental or physical) is the reward that allows your brain to experience a brief moment of happiness, and if you spend one minute every hour savoring your tiny successes, you'll learn how to create a state of ongoing satisfication with your life.

Recalling a single positive memory and savoring it for 60 seconds will release dopamine and other neurochemicals which, in turn, will lower symptoms of anxiety or depression and will prime key areas in your frontal lobe involved with making key decisions.

Neurotip # 2:
YOU MAY BE TRAUMATIZING YOURSELF, AND ESPECIALLY YOUR CHILDREN, BY WATCHING DISASTERS ON TV. Once again, we are met with violence and tragedy, and my heart goes out to all of those who have been touched by this terrible event. Ever since the 9-11 disaster, researchers continually find that the more you keep watching videos showing death and destruction, the more anxious you’ll become, often reaching a level where you form long-term traumatic memories. The best “protection,” according to dozens of neuroscientists: read the news, don’t watch it! Here’s what the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs says:

• If you find that you feel anxious or stressed after watching a news program, if you feel you cannot turn off the television or participate in recreational activities, or if you have trouble sleeping, you may want to consider limiting the amount and type of media coverage that you are viewing.

• Some strategies that may be useful include limiting viewing just prior to bedtime, reading newspaper and journal articles rather than watching television, and talking to people about the attack as a means of gathering information.

NeuroTip: I recommend that for every minute you spend viewing, reading, or talking about anything negative, you spend a minimum of 3 minutes immersing yourself in positive thoughts, pleasant memories, and self-loving actions. Do this throughout the day whenever you find yourself ruminating on something that causes you to feel anxious, stressed, or depressed. Yes, it’s hard to do.




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