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Influencer Shirley Treurniet-Martis, this week MYM Book Session and this week tips

Posted on November 12, 2018 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (12th-18th of November) we will interview Shirley Treurniet-Martis; we will invite you to our upcoming Master Your Mind Platform session on the 15th of November and we will share with you some valuable video-links on how to “focus” and every day we will upload one of these video-links on our facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Shirley Treurniet-Martis, a Charismatic Leader


Shirley, we have come to know you as a very dynamic, ethical person and Influencer in our society. You are involved in so many organizations during all these years. Shirley could you tell us something about you?
“I was born in Curaçao. I am married and have 3 sons and have 9 grandchildren. I come out of a family with 5 sisters and 6 brothers. I have lived, worked and made my career in the health sector all these years. I have been the director of Wit-Gele Kruis for years and now I am on the supervisory board of Besteda, IFE and Thuiszorg Bandabou. I was in the Supervisory Board of SEHOS from 2006-2012.

I am also very active in the Roman Catholic Church in Curaçao. As such I still have lots of responsibilities, but I belief that I have been prepared to deal with these challenges, because of all of my past experiences. I am of the opinion, that I can master my own destiny and should not wait for things to fall in my lap. By deciding to be like this, it also means working long hours at times. But my faith gives me lots of strength.

I have always liked to hone my knowledge and skills levels. I have studied from being a nurse till graduating with a master’s degree in Nursery. I love meeting different kinds of people and I like helping people. I love reading and this has always been my passion since I was young. I always was leading and I like organizing conferences. I also enable others to grow. In that sense, I am an abled communicator, I can connect with people and I can connect dots and align as part of a deliberate effort.”

If you as Shirley would meet a stranger in the bus (let say in Holland or the US) and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
“I would introduce myself as passionate helping people in need, caring, I am good at listening and counseling in the palliative care. I still feel the “nurse” in myself. And last but not least, I am a professional born with the mission to lead especially in the healthcare sector.”


How would you describe Shirley in one word or one sentence?
“A charismatic Leader”.

Your leadership capacities are obvious, but where did this come from?
“After 6 years that my mother had no children, I was born and after me 3 younger brothers and sisters were born. Because of that, I had to be their role model, as my father would always say. I was born with this mission I guess.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“In fact there were a couple of people that inspired me, they were Nurse Jos Wouter, Rigoberta Pieters and Souer Coleta. I looked up to their leadership, caring and professional skills. They have taught and inspired me a lot.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths?
• “I had experienced big challenges in my career, like after one year working in the Homecare, I was asked to take over the management of the whole Institute. That was a big challenge;

• During the years, I had also passed through many different board of directors during my career which at times used all kinds of unfair tactics towards me, but I survived many of those challenges, as I worked as the director for 36 years;

• I managed the growth of the organization. When I started, we were only a group of 28 nurses and when I ended as director there were 230 people working with me in the Homecare;

• Another Big Lesson learned was, when I lost one of my sons in an accident. It was during that moment I knew, that I had really profound faith in God and I accepted everything in a very peaceful manner. My faith gives me a lot of strength to do all the things I do;

• Ultimately as a last defining moment in my life, I would like to mention a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing. The moment I had to stop working at Homecare as the director, I had a small pension. The blessing was, that I started on my own as a consultant. I had never thought before of working on my own as an entrepreneur. But it was a blessing, because I knew for sure that my God would provide in all my needs. And it so happened.”

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people, while you have worked in a variety of postions of responsibility. You have very good people’s skills. What are your other strengths?
“People say that the peace that shines from me, is what they admire the most I me. I am furthermore a very down to earth and simple person.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Is it spiritual or something else?
“Yes, I love what I am doing after working for many years and I still believe I am not done yet and I am working consistently and diligently to accomplish my mission.”

Where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“My goals for the coming years are to see the transformation of nurses to be accepted as professionals in Healthcare and that is what I am striving now.”

What would you want your sons, your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years from now?
“I hope, that they will look at me as their role model and most of all things, that my children and grandchildren to appreciate me as their mother.”

What makes you stay optimisitc about the future of Curaçao?
“I love my Island and I am still hoping to see a new Leader born, to lead us to a better future. That is my prayer.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Shirley Treurniet-Martis deeply, because of whom she is, serving our community especially in the health care sector during her whole life basically and still relentessly working on her mission. We definitely consider her one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.


As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.



The next Master Your Mind Platform session
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “Thinking fast and slow”, by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being”, by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).



Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “How to focus”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

5 Tips to Improve Concentration and Focus - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GUucjDeGp4


How to Improve Focus - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQsI693QcoM


How to Focus - Learn How You Can Focus Without Getting Distracted - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9e3MCPxFFU


How to Improve Your Concentration and Focus at Work - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI-oPZnPRqI


How To Improve Your Concentration - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc3fqkwHWJA


How To Stay Focused - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhbYBb0huMs

Influencer Caprice Augusta, Next Master Your Mind-platform Book session and this week tips on Fear Release

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (5th -11th of November) we will interview Caprice Augusta another Influencer; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session and we will share some videolinks as coaching tips with you, on 'How to release fear'. Every single day we will upload one of these videolinks on our Facebookpage.


Caprice Augusta, extra-ordinary social and dynamic

Caprice Augusta, owner of Coupe Caprice is a person that we have come to know over the years as very dynamic and entrepreneurial. She was born in Curaçao and she has one other sister from her mother’s side and she has 4 other sisters from her fathers side and one brother. Her mother is still alive and she meets her on a daily basis at her beauty salon. Caprice has a grown up son, which she is very proud off and whom is doing well at his studies. Coming December he will finish his bachelor in Fiscal Law and Economy and he will start with his masters next year as Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He has team upped with UoC, to offer master degree courses in Business Administration in Curaçao.

Caprice, at an early age you decided to become a hairdresser and started with your hair dressers and beauty salon as an entrepreneur.
“Yes, I started when I was still at school doing hairdressing at a location closed to the playground of the school. I consider it a gift and it is my passion. Basically I have planned to stop in my early forties, but I was not able to stop, because it gives me so much satisfaction. You know what really makes me feel great is, when people leave my beauty salon Coupe Caprice, that they leave happy first and fore most, because we offered them our best services. But also, that I am always open to talk and share experiences and advice with my clients.

You know my mother was my biggest role mother in terms of relationships. Although my mother and father divorced when we grew up, my mother has always encouraged us to remember to call my father when it was his birthday and give him a present, reminding us to take notice during Christmas and New Year and other special days in the year. She never bad talked about my father with us and this ultimately resulted in both of us having a good relationship with my father. This I have appreciated very much. This is also how I raised my son, because I raised my son mostly all by myself and this, in the end, resulted in an emotionally balanced son in the end. He is now mature enough to take his own decisions regarding his father, with no bad feelings. That was a big lesson that I have learned from my mother.”

Caprice what are you hobbies?
“I like going to the gym, I like meeting different kinds of people, I use to love motor biking, but sold my motorbike. And my mother was very pleased with that, because she was so worried that some serious accident might happen everytime I went for a ride. Of late I have become very active in the Curaçao Body Building and Fitness Federation (CBBFF)  as a Chairwoman. I am actively religous and learning to understand the Bible as I am taught by people that know the bIble very well. It makes me understand the word of GOD better, as I apply what the Bible is teaching. It this way GOD gives me lots of strength. In a way, it boils down to Faith, everything boils down to Faith in GOD, that gives me so much strength. I have always been very entreprenrial, because I am of the opinion that I can master my own destiny and should not wait for things to fall in my lap. By deciding to be like this, it also meant working long hours at times. I firmly belief that GOD the Divine has given us human beings incredible powers. And that we are the masters of our life if we choose to use these powers.”

Where did that come from?
Caprice: “I was fortunate enough to grow up in an environment that was very business minded. My grandmother in that sense was my role model. She was from Jewish descent and my father was also a business man, that had a big business. If you grow up in that kind of environment it affects you. My grandmother use to say: “Buy for ten cents and sell for 25 cents” that is in a simple way the essence of her business filosophy. My grandmother sold numbers and she used to have people working for her all year long making “ayaca” and selling this to Henderson and Zuikertuintje supermarkets. All of this had a lasting effect on me and condioned my to also be entrepreneurial.

As hairdressing and managing a beauty salon is my passion, I have been honing my skills by attending different courses continuously at times also abroad, to keep my skills levels, up. When you are in the business of a beauty salon, you have to keep yourself up to date. For example the last two months I have earned three certificates of courses, that I have followed. I have been doing this for almost 30 years now, either going to New York or following local courses. That is what it takes to stay on top of my game. That is what I have been doing for years.

“As an entrepreneur I have ventured also in other areas of business, because I will not always stay active as a hairdresser. You know in a way, I am a dreamer. At night, in the very early hours of the morning, I can wake up and wonder what I can do to create a new business idea. I pray a lot and it is in those early hours of the day, that I feel oneness with the Universe and that I am at my most creative and rid myself of ideas that are of “no benefit and use”, to me. The ideas that come up are not necessarily for my self I also share this ideas with others to follow up.”


If you would meet a stranger in the bus and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer?
“I would be the first one to start talking and they would come to know me as a very very social person and not me at not being shy.”


You are very socially involved in the past you have started a project where you taught some young hairdressers to share space and collaborate. Can you explain more about that project.
“That project was an incubator’s project. This idea I got from a Japanese friend and he told me that Curaçao is very expensive and he suggested to try to emulate something that happened in New York, where a group of hairddressers team upped and shared space, to reach an overall lowering of the costs of their businesses. This is what I now do with Coupe Caprice, we share space, but I also started this intiative with some hairdressers to team up and share spaces at Marshe Noboat Waaigat. I faciliated that they got courses and in the beginning there was a lot of enthusiaism. And more people started to belief in this incubator project, even MCB beliefed in it and we won a price, but then it didn’t worked out in the end. My biggest lesson was, we didn’t have enough people participating in this Incubator project, that wanted to learn how to fish.”

We have always loved coming to your salon because of the neatness of the salon but also you are very disciplined in your time management and get along very well with your employees. Is it these leadership skills that you developed over the years running your business that you now apply also as a chairwoman in the Curaçao Body Building and Fitness Federation?
“Yes, I am always challenging myself and becoming chairperson of CBBFF is one of them.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“My grandmother because of her business mindset, that inspired me a lot.”

Where they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
“Well I have had to learn that in the end. It is all about choices and making the right choices is something that I have come to learn.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts ? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
“My biggest lesson in life is that some 14 years ago, I almost lost my legs. My legs as a hairdresser are of course very important for me. I was reaching the summit of my success as a hairdresser and had build myself a good reputation. What did I do? I asked somebody to treat my shin-bones of my legs and within one day my legs were swollen and it is then, that I discovered GOD and accepted Jezus Christ. I immediately concluded, that turning to GOD to save my legs was the only solution to this big challenge. I prayed a lot and was helped by different pastors that prayed for me. I have experienced what is said in the Bible: “If two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by the Father in heaven”, that is why group praying is so powerful. It has been a very emotional lesson for me. As from that moment on, I have developed myself and worked on so many of my weaknesses and this made me the person I am today in November 2018, a much more whole person. This was in a way my biggest blessing, that I personally have experienced and I am giving testimonials to others of this blessing and gift of GOD. I am sharing everything I know now with others. And btw, I never get into argument over religion, because I firmly belief that all us have this One God.

We have always experienced you as a very dynamic and opiniated person? You influence a lot of people while you work in your beauty salon and you have very good people’s skills. Where does that come from?
“I have been brought up in a way that to achieve something you have to move and work hard. You have to be dynamic and you have to be willing to help other people. I love sharing. If I get an epiphany that can help other people I will share this. I have been going to beauty markets in New York for years and I share tips where to go and what to attend with colleagues that I invite to join me in a visit to New York. When they thank me, I always tell them, that ultimately it is their own decision to follow up. Be grateful and proud for that decision.


Anopther example of sharing is Patrick Bradley. Check this link: P-Element Haircare Products & Classes By Patric A.Bradley | Hair | Makeup | Beauty & Haircare Products|Naked Relaxer. He is my master teacher as a hairdresser I have brought him to Curacao in Kura Hulanda as another way of sharing knowledge ans skills.

I am also very much involved and caring for trainees and I have 2 employees with an AGO background working for me. I belief that one needs to help where ever possible. whenever possible. It will help to transform these youngsters in becoming self confident citizens.”

What are your other strengths?
“I am very very social, in a way extra ordinary, dynamic person and entrepreneurial. People might not necesseraily like me, but they want to stay close to me to see what I am doing because I am always up to new things.”

How would you describe Caprice in one word or one sentence?
“Extremely social.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Or where do you want to be 5 to 10 years from now?
“Within 5 to 10 years from now I would be able to retire because within soon I would get involved in the real estate business.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years years from now?
“I don’t think they would say something bad about me, but I don’t know what they would say.”

What makes you stay optimistic about the future of Curaçao?
“I am optimistic about Curaçao because people like me, women like me, will take decisions that I belief in. Why? I am a small business owner and I have gone through many challenges and went through so many things and still stayed a float and I am still alive and kicking. I am confident, that I can be of use in the government of Curaçao some day. I think Curaçao needs this and we need to do this in collaboration with opposition parties if the party I will be part off is in a coalition government. We need to work together. I have political ambitions and I have the courage I think that the country needs, to take the necessary decisions that need to be taken.

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
I my spare time I love working in my garden and taking care of my orchids.

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Caprice, because of whom she has become and her willingness to share and drive to serve the community. We will defintely hear more of her in the not so far future. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


The next Master Your Mind Platform session
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books 'Thinking fast and slow', by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and 'Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being', by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).

Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “How to release fears”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

How to Overcome Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUEK9Sab4Vs


How to Release Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN6R85WSNM8


Overcoming Anxiety, Fear and Panic - John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrrtSSSlDEs


Secret to Overcoming Fear - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpRIb42LfMI


How To Overcome Fear And Anxiety In 30 Seconds - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxl2l-QBD0s


How To Overcome Fear - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsPJUXfNAcA


Peace at schools, November Master Your Mind Book Session and this week tips on anger management

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog we will expand on the need to teach “Peace” as a subject matter at schools; we will invite you for our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 15th of November; we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “Anger and Anger management”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Peace as subject matter at schools

In their book 'Vrede kun je leren', by David van Reybrouck & Thomas D’ansembourg published in Brussels in June 2016, these two authors promote the idea to teach peace as subject matter at schools with the same dedication and focus as language, mathematics or teaching how to drive a car. They wrote this book after terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris in 2015 & 2016 and are advocates of teaching “Peace” at schools as subject matters, just as children and youth learn gymnastics and personal external hygiene. According to them, the teachings should be centered around these scientifically proven techniques:


1. Mindfulness:  Our brain can change just as muscles can change if triggered. People that meditate often their brain structure can change after some weeks just like playing piano can change the brain’s structure;

2. Non-Violent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication is an approach to nonviolent living developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. It is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms themselves and others when they do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. NVC proposes that people identify shared needs, revealed by the thoughts and feelings that surround these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies that meet them. This creates both harmony and learning for future cooperation;

3. Compassion: Is deep involvement with another human being their experiences because of their shared humanity. It involves self-compassion meaning how we look at our self in times of trouble. It is an important explanatory variable of resilience and mental health. Just as empathy, it can be developed. Check Karin Amstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion | TED Talk | TED.com This charter was written by philosophers and religious leaders and contains less than 300 words and it was signed by millions of people. Also check: Let's relive the Golden Rule | TED Talk | TED.com.  She has also written: Twelve steps to a compassionate life.

“Recent scientific research prove that these techniques lead to improved self-esteem, improved learning achievements, and improved mutual understanding. It improves what they call the internal (mental) hygiene of the individual as also the society. If sitting “still” for 10 minutes a day, can be sufficient to create more internal peace, they belief that it shouldn’t take decades and decades to introduce these techniques. Sustainable peace is only possible if we start with the painstaking time consuming work of working on the internal hygiene of our youth. If we belief that violence starts in the heart and consciousness of people, peace should also be addressed from the inside out.” According to these authors.

“We know that our physical health is the result of a healthy life style, regular care and exercise, healthy eating habits and sufficient rest. Few people know that the same is true for our mental health. Living in peace with yourself, despite setbacks, resistances and everyday frustrations is also related to mental internal hygiene. Just as brushing our teeth and taking care of our hair and skin is an issue of physical hygiene and has improved substantially in the past decades, we have not gained any improvement in learning healthy rituals related to our mental and psychological health, because of the secularization, this has become worse because there is less time spend on contemplation, meditation, quite time etc in the world….So we take good care of our bodies, but we neglect and pay almost no attention to our internal peace.”

The authors firmly belief that we have this ability to change on a personal level and this is within our reach, but it is equally powerful as it is unknown. This profound personal change could be the key for a sustainable change within our society and they want to inspire people to explore and discover their inner world.


“The ability of everyone to work on oneself, the central role of introspection, the importance of a daily ritual, the advantages of a certain discipline and inner-work, is a pre-condition for our activities in the outer world. The depressed state of so many people in the world is the result of the silence within our societies on the inner world and the extreme focus on materialism. Look at the encyclical Pope Francis: Laudato si' (24 May 2015). 

If a person doesn’t learn to mindfully stand still to admire something beautiful, it will not surprise anybody that everything will be something. to be used and unscrupulous be misused.” According to Pope Francis.



“Terrorists are either mentally disturbed or mad and seriously socially disturbed.” Marshall Rosenberg said after 9-11-2001: “We have often concluded that actions aimed to punish lead to retaliation by those being punished, and that actions aimed at the desire for peace, lead to peaceful actions. In both cases these actions are the basis for a cycle that can last for years, generations and centuries long.”



The authors end their book by stating:

“Education won’t work and efforts will be worthless, if we don’t try introduce a new paradigm on human beings, our lives, the society and our relationship with our environment. We should prevent that people come in a position where they have nothing to lose or nothing to gain. Every human being should develop an inspiring peaceful inner world, so that they don’t feel excluded making others pay for this frustration and/or regret. Stop the addiction to materialism, overcome the division among of religions by becoming part of the solution or stay part of the problem?”

We as the core group of Share2Uplift support this school of thought and belief that we should introduce these three principles in our educational system. We will explore ways and means to actively enable the introduction of these principles.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


The next Master Your Mind Platform session
Our next MYM-platform session will be on the 15th of November.

Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou

Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.

We will be presenting the books “Thinking fast and slow”, by Nobel Price winner in Economics Daniel Kahneman (to be presented by Michiel van der Veur) and “Flourish, a visionay understanding of Happiness and Well-being”, by Martin Seligman. (to be presented by Ivan Kuster).
Entrance: Free. Click to attend!

 


Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share with you some video links as personal coaching tips on “anger and anger management”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Anger Management Techniques That Work! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EWnj-m_BPI


Anger Management Techniques - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsVq5R_F6RA


Anger Management - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZB9KEXolXI


How to Manage Anger: 5 Ways to Manage Anger - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8O0elCuywM


How To Handle A Bad Temper | 9 Tips To Control your Anger - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwlwSByGOWY

 

Tackling Anger - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWgUQYP7JY


Influencer Michiel van der Veur, invitation for upcoming workshops and this week tips.

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s (22nd – till 29th of October) we interviewed Influencer Michiel van der Veur; an invitation for this week workshop at Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada on the 25th of October on Communication and for a 2-day’s workshop on 'Happiness' on the 27th and 28th of October and we will share some personal motivational video-links on 'Procrastination'. Every day we will upload one of these video’s on Facebook.com/share2uplift.


Michiel van der Veur, a sensitive, but strong human being, willing to be of service to the world


Michiel can you tell us something about whom you are?
"I was born in Holland and I have one brother. I came to Curaçao in in the year 1999, when the migration to the Netherlands was on its peak, and I have worked at the Ministry of Finance, KPMG, SOAB and since 2007 I am an independent consultant and advisor. I like swimming, going to the gym, and love reading books."

If you would meet a stranger in the bus and they would ask you to introduce yourself what would you answer? 
“I would answer that I am, above all, a human being. I am always struggling a bit with this question, since people expect to hear what work you do or what position you hold. I find that this information is almost irrelevant as to who I am, plus I do not feel that I am a director or consultant.”

We have come to know you as a person with a very strong sense of justice and you are very socially involved. You are also involved in helping start-ups to reach another level of maturity in their development. Why are doing this?
“Currently, I am a board member of the foundation Youth Vision 5000, which facilitates social entrepreneurs to reach their goals aimed at improving the well-being of the lives of our youth.

I also help start-ups, because I believe in sharing of wealth and I believe in supporting people in their development. By helping entrepreneurs, I hope they will become more self-sufficient, and successful entrepreneurs contribute to the development of the local economy.”


What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I am here to facilitate people and societies in their growth.”


You are very involved in leadership development now, what have you done, or did you do on leadership development personally in the past?
“I believe leadership is not linked to a managerial position, but to the way we steer our life. I would be a very bad manager, but I am consciously and continuously shaping and evaluating my life. My personal actions on leadership development therefore include meditation, a search for my Big Why and a willingness to confront my deepest emotions.”

You are also involved in enhancement of leadership development in Curaçao as one of the core group members of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition? Why do you believe that this platform offers a chance to develop different leadership skills in Curaçao?“Because the Whole Island Leadership Expedition is not a standard solution. It sees leadership as both a combination and exchange of personal and societal development. It is based on personal interaction and sharing experiences, which I believe are crucial to personal development. Finally, I believe our society needs new solutions, the old ways have been tried, re-used and tried again. We have nothing to lose in trying something new.”

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
“I am afraid that by mentioning names, I will forget people. However, I have been lucky to meet a lot of different people and have learned something from all of them. I am grateful for the opportunities to learn I have been given over my life.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strengths? Or what was a defining moment in your life, a setback that later turned out to be a great blessing?
"A defining moment was the day I was informed, that I was to be laid off as civil servant in the morning and knew I would be hired by KPMG in the afternoon. As of that day I am sure I will always have enough income to provide for myself.”


Do you apply continuous learning as a principle to constantly improve yourself?
“Yes, I do. However, I am not always emerged in courses or books. For me, continuous learning is a process of self-evaluation, perhaps even to the extent of self-doubt.”


What are your strengths?
“I am serviceable, loyal, solution oriented, and creative.”


How would you to describe Michiel van der Veur in one word or one sentence?
“A sensitive, but strong human being, willing to be of service to the world.”


What are your future plans? Can you share with us what are your personal and/or business goals for short and long term?
“I would like to master life and live to be a 100 years old. I want to balance my personal needs and development with helping people, societies, and humanity grow.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years from now? "
"I hope my loved ones, family and friends will conclude I have tried to be the best version of me, possible. I hope other people will at least acknowledge that I did not do anything to hurt them deliberately.”

What were 5 of the most Influential Books that changed your life?
“ ‘Conversations with God’ by Neale Donald Walsch because he voiced how I have always felt about my connection to the divine. Many of the books by Geert Mak, because he manages to bring individual stories alive centuries after the person passed away. I recently read ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari and was impressed by his ability to present such a clear story about human development over the past 70.000 years. ‘The Book of Negroes’ by Lawrence Hill because it showed me that humans have a superhuman power to deal with even the biggest set-backs. And finally, ‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson, because it made me turn the pages laughing.”

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Michiel, because of his humbleness, his deep humanity and drive for continious personal growth and his drive to serve the community and world at large. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share 2uplift is totally aligned with his ambition and his short and long term goals.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.




Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on Thursday the 25th of October

We would also like to invite you to our next workshop:


“Connect, elevate and inspire when communicating. How creating safety and being respectful make all the difference.”

Date: Thursday the 25th of October

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada. Contact for more info!





This coming week-end Workshop on “Happiness” on the 27th and 28th of October

In this practice “hands-on” workshop you will:

• Clear your lenses and pre-judgments;

• Choose your to do’s;

• Get tips on how to make it stick,

• So that you can start implementing "as of the next day”.
Send us an email at soulgardencuracao@gmail.com or call us 5639848 (Haydee) of 6986437 (Ivan).


Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some personal video-links on ”Procrastination” and every day, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

A Procrastination Hack (that actually works) - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vQ8jtgc_zZE

Break Free from Procrastination in 3 Steps - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTcVvdQsRiE


How to Stop Procrastinating - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvcx7Y4caQE


How to Overcome Procrastination | Brian Tracy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPcLkAqS_GE


How To Stop Procrastinating And Finally Get Work Done - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEHmbCPhaNg


How to Stop Procrastinating - Solving The Procrastination Puzzle - Timothy Pychyl - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kcWpC9UQzE


influencer John Cijntje, This week Master Your Mind-platform book session, Upcoming Chit Chat Workshop and this week Tips

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (15th- 23rd of October) we will present an interview we had with influencer John Cijntje CEO of Autobusbedrijf Curaçao NV (ABC-NV); we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October at Biblioteka Nashonal; we will invite you for our next upcoming workshop at Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada on the 25th of October; we will end this week blog with some personal video-links on 'Well-being and Martin Seligman P.E.R.M.A.-model' and every day, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


John Cijntje, a servant leader

John is the director of ABC-NV and he was born in Curaçao. John has 2 sisters. He is married and has a son whom is turning 14 years old soon. He holds a masters degree in Business Administration at the RUG Groningen and after writing just one job application letter at SOAB, he was hired and started his career as an organizational advisor at SOAB, where he worked for almost 11 years.


What are your hobbies?
John: “I love practicing yoga, I love reading and watching lots of inspiring and educational You Tubes. I seldom watch TV.”


John after SOAB, what was your next career move?
“After SOAB a a organizational advisor I went to Selikor NV and became a Project manager. In fact I switched seat, from being an advisor at SOAB, I became an implementor at Selikor. Because of my abilities to communicate and motivate people in due time at Selikor I got switched and promoted to become Operations Manager. That was a big swith, because from having no employees to manage as a Project manager to become Operations Manager with the responsibility of over 200 employees was a big swith in responsibilities. But I took the challenge and after some years I applied to become CEO of ABC NV. I am always working on further improving myself and I don’t shy away from challenges. After a long but thorough application procedure that took 1 year, I was selected to become the CEO of ABC-NV out of a group of 5.”

What were defining moments in your life that later on became a blessing of sorts?
“When I was an adolescent, as a teenager I had to deal with a lot of uncertainties. So I took solace into reading and I read a lot. At the age of 18 and in my early twenties I read a lot of self help books and this triggered me to look at my strengths. By doing that, I was able to turn those uncertainties and challenges into opportunities to grow. My biggest strength is my communications skill and as a people manager I have this ability to walk my talk.

During all these years people started noticing my unique abilities and talents to be able to influence lots of people as an excellent communicator. And as I mentioned before in my late teens, early twenties I started reading about self-help books and I was since then into continuous growth. And people started taking notice of my abilities. In the beginning I wasn’t that aware of this. It is like scouts for professional sports that can spot talented young players. Well something more or less comparable happened to me. Other people took notice of my abilities and after becoming more conscious about this I started to cheerish these strengths and consciously further develop these abilities.”

Another defining moment in ABC-NV of late:
“There was a strike and we as the Management of ABC-NV were taken completely by surprise. I use my communication skills and inate wisdom to respond and listen to what was meant to be said by the the group of strikers, non members of the oficial union and I didn’t react in an impulsive surpressive way and this change the course of events. We were able to start a dialogue and solve all the issues that we were able to solve. That was a big lesson learned, meaning seek to understand (respond) first before you react.“


What are your short term and long term business goals?
“My short term goal: I really want to transform ABC-NV to become a model company in terms of corporate governance and let it become a strong broad base employees driven company and so that it can become the best it can be.

For the longer term being CEO of ABC NV is not my final stop. I want to grow further and become my best self and I will not limit the role I want to play to only Curaçao as I want to start my own company in the future. Basically, I want to be help transform other organizations in Curaçao and internationally especially in the Caribbean. As a professional myself I firmly belief, that we as professionals should not be self-serving only, but use our abilities and knowledge to serve the society and the good of all humanity. So that is my long term goal.”

You are now very involved in leadership development in Curaçao as one of the coregroup members of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition? How does this platform offers help to develop leadership in Curaçao?
“The Whole Island Leadership Expedition is an initiative in its incubator phase for leaders who want to collectively make a positive impact in Curaçao and the world) is unique in, that It helps participants to share experiences with other leaders and share how they look at things and themselves. It helps to look at how leadership can help solve our different societal challenges and it is a way to be of service to the greater good/community.”


Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career?
I was very inspired by Nelson Mandela when I started my reading journey. After reading a poem in a book about Nelson Mandela, where in this poem, figuratively the Robben Island expresses her inability to break the spirit of Nelson Mandela as a prisoner, this inspired me a lot.”


What were 5 of the most Influential Books that changed your life?

“In my case I can mention 3 books which made me stop and think about myself and my purpose in life.

1. 'The Robben Island' because there is where I met Nelson Mandela and that inspired me a lot: The strong focusing, responding to circumstances, on courage and perseverance to do things no matter what;

2. 'The Sky is the limit', that explains that our goal is to gain wisdom and experience and all of that is an inward proces. You are responsible for this yourself.

3. 'The power of your subconscious mind', because it shows how changing your thought patterns can produce dramatic improvements and turnarounds in your life.”


When you turn 85 years old on your birthday party, what would you want your family and friends, to say about you?
“That I was always working on improving myself and using that knowledge to serve the community and the greater good.”


How would you to describe John Cijntje in one word or one sentence?

“A servant leader.”


As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect John, because of his servant and transformative leadership style and drive for continious personal growth to serve the community at large. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share2Uplift is totally aligned with his ambition and his short and long term goals.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.

As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 18th of October, at Biblioteka Nashonal di Korsou.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books 'Why Nations fail, the origins of power, prosperity and poverty', by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (presented by Dr. Miguel Goede) and 'The power of eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a small group to heal others, your life and the world', by Lynn McTaggart (presented by Ivan Kuster).


We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 18th of October.



Our next Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on Thursday the 25th of October

We would also like to invite you to our next workshop:

'Connect, elevate and inspire when communicating.
How creating safety and being respectful make all the difference.
'

Date: Thursday the 25th of October

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada. Contact for more info!



Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links personal video-links on ”Well-being and Martin Seligman P.E.R.M.A.-model” and every day, we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.



What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing? - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF7Ou43Vj6c

How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzKryaN44ss&t=15s

Beyond Happiness: Flourishing-PERMA model - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vWavCPydQ5k

What is Positive Psychology? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qJvS8v0TTI&t=9s

Dr. Martin Seligman - YouTube on P.E.R.M.A.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l36oDgU09r0

Well-Being Defined - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vGCKHX4Lr9o


Influencer Martin van den Blink, upcoming Master Your Mind Platform book session and this week tips on Happiness

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week blog (8th - 14th of October) we will present to you an interview we have had with Martin van den Blink, one of the founders of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind Platform session of the 18th of October; we share with you some personal coaching links on 'Happiness' and each day in the coming week, we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Martin van den Blink, everyday in everyway expanding my boundaries

Martin can you tell to us where you were born and tell us something of your family?
“I was born in Holland, where my parents soon after I was born, left to Curaçao because my farther was a teacher at Schroederschool. I grew up in Curaçao where I feel totally at home. Being in contact with nature, walking bare footed in the hot sand, the blue sea in Curaçao gives me a feeling of being infinitely connected with it. I was at the Peter Stuyvesant college and before graduation, let’s say about half way at Stuyvesant, our family moved back to Holland, where in Utrecht I got a masters degree in History. I specialized on the history of the Caribbean Basin and my final thesis has focused on the relationship between Curaçao and Venezuela in the first half of the 20th century. In those days we also had a refugee problem of Venezuelans, because President Juan Vicente Gomez brutally surpressed all opposition. The most important issue is, as is still the case in these days, the human dimension of this drama that is unfolding in Venezuela. I can’t close my eyes for this. I have carefully concluded, that after all these years now in the 21st century, we didn’t grow after all these years. In those years the refugees were immediately expedited often to other countries in the region and this is happening again now.”

What makes you relationship with Curaçao so special?
“If you have grown up in Curaçao and then went to Holland back for further studies, you will always have a navel string kind of relationship with the island. That feeling has never subsided and after living for quite some years in Holland, my wife Maya and myself decided to return back to Curaçao with my son Siddhart (now 14 years old), just like my parents did by the way with me. Siddhart was also only a couple of months old. We decided to start all over again in Curaçao. Siddhart is a fantastic son, very much into sports and has a highly developed feeling of rightfulness. His greatest strength is, that he has a tenacity to keep trying until he has mastered any new ability/skill. My wife was one of the founders of Greenkidz, a highly succesful venture to teach schoolchildren environmental issues, I am a director at Balance Consultancy Group and I enjoy every single day of the intensity on the island. I can really immerse in nature on the island. Curaçao has a special energy that makes the connection between myself, life and the world much more natural and easier then other places in the world.”


How important is personal development for you?
“I consider it important that I keep taking steps to further develop myself personally. On the physical level I do a lot of sports and I am long distance kajakker. Together with two of my friends we formulated a goal, to bit by bit expand our boundaries with kajak-trips. So we have been to Klein Curaçao and later from Bonaire we kajakked to Curaçao. Ultimately we undertook three real big kajak trips: One to Venezuela and two to Colombia. On these trips you must be able to keep your ultimate personal composure: the enormity and the forces in sea surrounding you is overwhelming and beautiful at the same time. It requires lots of mental strength and teamwork to undertake such expeditions and to succesfully finish them.”

On a “sit-on-top kajak”, you are literally sitting in the water and especially during the long nights when the sea is turbulent with at times stormy winds, it requires maximum stamina and persistence. I have come to learn, that I can really enjoy this immensely, even though this at times can be physically very demanding. The oneness with nature becomes like a meditation, I can immerse totally in the greater whole of things. Knowing that you are one with the evolutionary Life Force that surrounds you, gives you such a deep sense of peacefulness and confidence. 


How would you describe the analogy between kajakking and life in itself?
“In life you can choose to go and be pulled by the currents of changes, that will never stop and if you don’t watch out, you can easily become a victim of these changes. As a coach, consultant and business owner, I deliberately choose to take the lead over my life in an environment where change is inevitable and I deliberatey create an environment that inspires me and challenges me. The most important factors are my own freedom, the people in my environment, that is what inspires me in the work I do and the circumstances, that give me energy. From Andrew Cohen I have learned, to ” Don’t avoid anything” and that you should “Confront everything”. Being an entrepreneur feels to me, like jumping out of an airplane and on your way down discover the parachute to make you land safely. That is a real challenge and this made me tweak my business model to such an extent, that I now collaborate mainly with people that are free, whom are passionate about the idea that from a totally independent position, it is perfectly possible to collaborate on a higher (spiritual) level, instead off collaborating simply and only to earn money. Collaboration in this way generates new, innovation, synergy and a drive to strengthen each other. That creates a sustainable connection with a sense of unity among each other, that according to me is far greater and bigger than work on itself.”


What drives your choices in life, or call it your BIG WHY?

The reason and drive for my choice is, because of my evolutionary understanding of the theory of Spiral Dynamics that indicates or is telling us that the world moves on with or without you. This requires you to choose based on your own choices, you choose to become the master of your own destiny and very specifically add value to the world based on all your potentials. You can add value as a coach, consultant, fellow co-creator, citizen of the island, husband and father, friend and as a human being. It is a choice.”

What is the biggest boundary that you are challenging now?
As one of the founders of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition (The Whole Island Leadership Expedition is an initiative in its incubator phase for leaders who want to collectively make a positive impact in Curaçao and the world) it is exactly that what I consider important. To meet people as they are developing their potential and strenghts, show this in Curaçao first and let it sprout suffisient roots here. When we where kajakking to go to Colombia that was a challenge, I now experience the Whole Island Leadership Expedition as a real and my Biggest challenge up to now.

It requires courage to start this journey on our own compass without exactly knowing or able to predict where we will land/end our journey. Every little step we take will have to fit our needs and what we stand for. It requires trust of those that are in this journey with me, that they will do their best and utmost for themself and for the island, each one of us in their own way and manner, but than based on an ego-surpassing-perspective. And that is what we need on our island that will ultimately benefit all of us.”


Martin last year November/December via your cousin Marianna van den Blink, we expanded our own personal boundaries because of Marianne’s excellent facilitation in a workshop called “Discover your core (Ontdekl je kern)”, we were able to uncover some of our blind spots. We have heard that she is coming back to Curaçao, even though she has a very busy schedule in Holland. When will she be here exactly?
“Yes she has become widely popular in Holland. I highly recommend people to attend.
• She will be offering the Basic course on the 30th of November and the 1st of December;
• The next level of her course (in dutch it is called “verdiepingscursus” is on the 23rd and 24th of November;
• The full course that she will also be offering, will start in group 1 on the 16th of November,
• The second group will start on the 17th of November.”
We highly recommend these courses, for more information on these courses contact Martin via Landhuis Zuikertuin, Zuikertuintjeweg z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao
T: +5999 737 8831
E: vandenblink@balancecaribbean.com
W: www.balancecaribbean.com
M: +5999 528 8833 Skype: balanceconsultancygroup

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Martin, because of his tenacity to continuously expand his boundaries and his extensive experience working as a reputable consultant in Curaçao, other Islands in the Dutch Kingdon and in Holland. He is now expanding his own personal boundaries to manage his ego and connecting that for the good of all. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share2Uplift is totaly aligned with his ambition short and long term goals.

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.
As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.


Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 18th of October, at Biblioteka Nashonal di Korsou.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books 'Why Nations fail, the origins of power, prosperity and poverty', by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (presented by Dr. Miguel Goede) and 'The power of eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a small group to heal others, your life and the world', by Lynn McTaggart (presented by Ivan Kuster).

We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 18th of October.




Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links related to Happiness. Every day in the week we will upload one of these video-links our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

How To Be Happy - The Secret of Authentic Happiness - Martin Seligman - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp8xN1K-ITs

10 Habits of Happy People - How To Be Happy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp0JCvebcAw

3 Ways To Be a Little Happier Every Day - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=789O-vkIBSI

Tony Robbins--HOW TO BE HAPPY - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXafk_iC8m0

Five Ways to Become Happier Today - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLhpyzVTc8A&t=16s

The science of Subjective Well Being, a.k.a Happiness. - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vPbjK3MmjL0


Influencer Leona Bishop, this month Book Session and coaching tips

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (1st – 7th of October) we will have an interview with Leona Bishop one of the founders and core members of the Whole Island Leadership Expedition; We will invite you for our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October and we share with you some personal coaching tips as video links based on Lynn McTaggert’s “The power of Eight” book, one of the books that we will be presenting on the 18th of October. Each day in the week we will upload one of these video-links also on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page as warming up for our presentations on the 18th of October.


Leona Bishop, a remarkable transformative influencer

Leona is born in England from a Dutch mother and English father and has two sisters and a brother. She is mother of two daughters and is living in Curaçao since 2015 as she accompanied her husband who accepted to work on the island. In a way, it was a reunion of sorts with Curaçao because in the past – over 20 years ago - she worked, via the City of Rotterdam, on various projects in the field of community development (Ban Bario Bèk), youth and education. She holds a masters degree in social history with a focus on psychology and communication and has completed professional certification in organizational development and change management. She has an extensive career working as a policy advisor, project and program manager & change manager in The Netherlands and also internationally, for example in Cabo Verde, South Africa, Morocco and Costa Rica. Leona has over 20 years of international experience in leadership, team and organizational development both in the public and private sector. She started her own business 10 years ago and recently renamed her company into 'Dare to Care Leadership'.
Go to: Leona Bishop – Curaçao – Dare to Care Leadership for more information.

Leona is an expert in working on transformational change in leaders, teams and orgnizations. She has a wide applicable knowledge of different approaches and an extensive tool kit. Leona completed training in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Systemic Work and Group Dynamics and is a certified Enneagram Coach, a licensed Functional Fluency & TIFF Provider and an advanced trainee in Transactional Analysis.
Leona is also a trainer for Functional Fluency and TIFF(c) As we have understood it, Functional Fluency enables clients to become more self-aware of disempowering beliefs and enables them to re-address these beliefs and ultimately their behavior into more effective ones.

Could you explain how it differentiates itself from other approaches aimed at changing teams?
Leona: “Functional Fluency, created by Susannah Temple, is about building effective relationships. It is a clever and simple model for understanding how people behave, and a practical framework to help them ‘respond’ more and ‘react’ less. The Temple Index of Functional Fluency -TIFF© is a personal development tool based on the Functional Fluency model. To my knowledge, TIFF is the only validated psychometric behavioral tool in the world. Functional Fluency and TIFF differentiate themselves from other models and psychometric instruments because the model together with the tool give a clear insight into how a person divides his or her energy over nine modes of behavior, and and how effective that person is. The leading question is: “Do I and others benefit from my behavior and am I achieving my goals”?


This simple and practical model and tool – together with the guidance of a licensed TIFF Provider – help people to become aware of their own life story and beliefs that are holding them and others back, and how they can move beyond these limiting stories to more accurate and empowering ones. People are able to see how they can create space to work on their personal and professional growth by actively and consciously identifying and letting go of ineffective behavior and choosing to use effective behavior to achieve what is important to them and others. People can learn how to choose their behavior in order to maximize their effectiveness in all areas of their life. What I love about Functional Fluency and TIFF is that the use of them promote the self-awareness and understanding that enhances emotional literacy. TIFF is a valuable tool for consultants, trainers, counsellors, coaches, mentors and psychotherapists and is being used with leaders & managers, teams & staff groups, teachers & students, parents & children, and business & life partners. It provides an innovative framework to help people bring about positive change.

In short, an effective gift for personal development, leadership development, team development and all places where people work together and live together.”

As you have worked in different countries in the world like Cabo Verde, South Africa, Holland of course and more, what are the differences and similarities that you are encountering as you are offering your services in Curacao?
Leona: “Everywhere I have been I notice how leaders struggle with leveraging the potential and resources in their teams, organizations, and countries to achieve the impact and results they desire. Very often people and systems get stuck in dysfunctional patterns, convictions and beliefs that prevent them from developping in effective and sustainable ways. In Curaçao it is not different. But all countries and places are different which implies that I – when offering my services – need to understand the history, the culture and the context people are working in. Instead of looking at an individuals’ development, team or organizational development in a vacuum, I need to look at it within the cultural context and the prevailing ‘ways of looking at the world’ and the structure of associated (conditioned) responses’ of ones’ broader social and environmental context.


A similarity I notice in all places I have been, is that each and every one of us is at a different stage of his or her psychological development and level of consciousness, with related patterns of thinking, sets of values and beliefs. So, just like in for instance The Netherlands, people in Curaçao are either more or less self-aware and paying more or less attention to their own personal and spiritual growth. A big difference between The Netherlands and Curaçao is that The Netherlands has a broad cultivated culture for coaching (individual and in the workplace), whilst Curaçao still needs to overcome the barriers of a coaching culture.


We have come to know you as a very altruistic person. You charge for your services but you also offer some of your services for free because of your commitment to serve. Where did that come from? For example you have organized a course in Functional Fluency in Curaçao and it was part of an effort to enbale local facilitators to master this technique and we now have eight certified Functional Fluency & TIFF Providers on Curaçao. But you are also a volunteer in Green Kidz and are now involved in an innovative program at an AGO/VSBO school where you put in way more time than that is required by the schoolboard. What drives you to do this?

Leona: “Firstly please let me rectify on the Functional Fluency course. I didn’t do that free of charge ;-). Although I did set up the course because I don’t want to keep this knowledge to myself. Working with Functional Fluency and TIFF© has greatly increased my own personal and professional effectiveness. As I am passionate about improving individual and collective well-being, I want to share my learning and enable coaches and counsellors throughout the Caribbean to continue to grow in their professional roles, so that they can support their clients even more effectively for increasing success and satisfaction both personally and professionally. I don’t really know where my altruistic drive comes from. I believe, I have an instinctual capacity for doing so. I know that I have a brain circuitry that allows me to be sensitive to what other people are thinking and feeling, to empathize with their suffering, to care about their welfare, and to translate that information into compassionate action. Functional Fluency has made me become very aware of this. Looking back I can’t say that the altruistic drive I have now has always been at the fore. A lot of the time I was more in the survival mode so to speak. I considered providing for and raising my two daughters and my own personal and professional development first and foremost. But at present I am at a stage in my life and in the very fortunate position that I can give back to society and the world. And I feel very grateful that I am able and allowed to do so.”



What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Or where do you want to be 10 to 15 years from now?

Leona: “The common thread in my life is being a change agent. I seem to have a constitutional unwillingess to accept the status quo when it seems unfair, unhealthy and/or destructive. I have as far as I can remember the determination to try to find a better way. I think the process might have started when I was a young girl growing up in the UK in a very strict and authoritarian environment. There wasn’t much room for self-actualisation in the environment and system I grew up in. You can’t choose the environemnt you are born in to. It can seem very unfair. It took me a long time to discover, that how I had been conditioned and the story I had created about myself, others and the world wasn’t at all serving myself and others. That this story was actually holding me back to become a better person. I think that this experience eventually triggered the drive in me to support people in their own personal growth.

Another thing that comes to mind is when I was involved in an awareness-raising campain in the context of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. I came across the Brundlandt report, Our Common Future, which placed environmental issues firmly on the political agenda. It aimed to discuss the environment and development as one single issue. The unfair distribution of recources and the social and economical problems caused by it in the world really got to me. At the age of 26, I became very aware that our responsibility is to leave the world a better and more just place. So when I see unfair and/or destructive things happening, I have the urge to do something about it.

Lots of problems need solutions, but in the course of my carreer I’ve been more and more drawn to the cause of leadership advancement and the empowerment of the highly caring, courageous and collaborative leader. As the quality of our leadership directly affects the quality of our lives. I am talking about leaders with big ambitions who are able to set aside ego and self-interest and who are able to bring a new approach that serves others well and creates superior value and sustainable performance results for the betterment of our planet.

I believe that there is a compelling need for new thinking. How many leaders question themselves about why they lead and why peolpe should be led by them? How much thought do leaders give to the importance of their opportunity to influence people and have a positive impact on a team, an organization, society, a country?

Tough economic times, dramatically shifting world events, huge environmental issues, unmet needs in many countries all call for looking beyond the current composition of leadership for different answers. To achieve sustainable long-term economic growth and well-being, leadership must become more loving, caring, courageous and balanced.”

You are very involved in leadership development, are you willing to share what you are doing now to enhance leadership development in Curaçao ?
Leona: “Firstly, by coaching and training leaders and teams in organizations. I am working with various leaders and organizations on Curaçao and Bonaire, including the school on Curaçao mentioned before. A big part of the voluntary work I do at this school has to do with coaching and enhancing distibuted leadership amongst management and teachers.

Secondly, I initiated the Whole Island Leadership Expedition together with you (Ivan Kuster) and Martin van den Blink. As you know we have started a journey together with 16 to 20 people from various pillars of society who are all leaders in their own right. Together we are exploring what whole island leadership entails, what we need to step into whole island leadership, discovering which leadership attributes, styles and skills are needed to meet the future head-on, leaving old, outdated leadership models behind to strengthen our resolve. And all of this in the context of leading on a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). And as you always say Ivan “. . .we are actively connecting dots and aligning efforts”..

Thirdly, I am one of the initiators of the recently created Simia, a movement aiming to enhance (self-) leadership development among Millennials in the Caribbean.

Whom are the persons that have inspired you the most in your career? Were they always positive role models or where their also negative role models that you didn’t want to identify with?
Leona: “There have been quite a number of people who have inspired me in my career and/or gave me signs which way to go, both positive and negative role models. I was advisor to Bram Peper on international affairs when I was working for the City of Rotterdam. He was the mayor of Rotterdam at the time and he inspired me to believe in myself, my talents and qualities. And later on in my carreer I remember the head of Project Management Bureau who I then thought to be a real bully. But he forced me to take a good look at myself. In my job I needed to become better at guiding change and he sent me to a course to enhance my personal effectiveness. At first I was really offended, but during the course I really came to appreciate this ‘bully’ whilst discovering so many dysfunctional behaviors and patterns in myself that were preventing me from being an effective change manager. Later on in my career I was inspired by a young consultant whom I was working with at the time. I was putting all of my energy into this huge change program within a large organization.

One day he looked me in the eyes and said: “Leona, I see you working your tail off for this organization, but where are you heading? What is your magnetic North?”. Well that question really inspired me to think about what I really wanted. A year after I handed in my resignation and started my own business. And since then I have always consciously searched for people who can inspire me to become a better version of myself. Two very special people I would like to mention are Elly Voorend and Piet van Haasteren. They taught me a great deal about coaching and encouraged me to study Transactional Analysis, which I use daily in my personal and professional life.”

What are some of the challenges, lessons learned, that you have encountered in your life when you ultimately discovered your talents and strenghts ? You are a coach but are you being mentored and coached and how important is that?
Leona: “At first when I discovered the path of personal growth, I thought after reading one book on spirituality that I understood it all. Hahaha. I was rather self-righteous at the time. The biggest challenge has been to recognize and acknowledge my shortcomings without judgement towards myself, observe my dysfunctional beliefs and convictions and redirect my ineffective habits and behaviors into more effective ones. Along the way I also discovered my talents and strengths, that I am now using to support others in their personal and professional growth. I have learned to be a lot more humble.

I am still being coached and mentored. I check in with my supervisor every 6 weeks and he helps me unravel things I get stuck in. I think it is extremely important to surround oneself with coaches and mentors because we all have blind spots and we can only learn and grow when we get feedback from others and do something with it. Coaches and mentors are all around us. One of my biggest mentors is for instance are my two daughters, offering me very clear and confronting mirrors.”

What are your strengths?
Leona: “On the top of my mind: Optimistic, enthousiastic, caring, compassionate, empathic, creative, purposeful, opend-minded, analytical, spontaneous, resilient and a life-long learner.”



How would you describe Leona in one word or a sentence?
Leona: “Physis.”


What are your future plans? Can you share with us what are your business goals for short and long term?

“Short term:
- Help create a coaching culture in Curaçao and other Caribbean Islands by offering my services
- Create a platform where demand and supply comes together
- Provide the Functional Fluency and TIFF Providers Licensing Training annually and in-company for coaches, counsellors, mentors, trainers, teachers and psychotherapists so they can spread the use of Functional Fluency in organizations, teams, groups and individuals in the Caribbean, and provide TIFF© as a tool for increasing success and satisfaction both personallyand professionally.
- Offer a Coaching Course for coaches and HR-professionals
- Offer workshops and training for people who want to maximize their effectiveness in all areas of their lives
- Create and facilitate the Whole Island Leadership Expedition for leaders who want to collectively make a positive impact in the world.
- Help transform the AGO/VSBOschool I am working with to implement the concept of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child succesfully

Long term:
- My ambition is to set up a Transformational Leadership Training & Coaching Hub for the Caribbean, based on Curaçao. Not alone but together with people who share the same vision, purpose and convictions. A sprinkling of transformational leaders at the top, however inspirational, is not enough to change companies or governments operate. The weight of cultural inertia is too great. But when that sprinkling grows until the transformationl leaderhip group is about one-third, important things will happen. Different decisions are made and the move toward true wholeness in leadership gains momentum. If we can get a criticial mass of at least 30% transformational leader as partners at the power tables, we have a chance to change the world. My aim is to contribute towards reaching that 30%.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends and others to say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years years from now?
Leona: “She has had the courage to go for what she believed in, she has walked her talk, she is a role model for others, compassionate and caring, a secure base for many people, she has a great sense of humor and has learned not to take herself so seriously and she has positively contributed to the world.”


What were 5 of the most Influential Books that changed your life?

- The seat of the soul, by Gary Zukav
- Only Fear Dies, by Barry Long
- The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
- The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram, by Sandra Maitri
- Het temmen van de Os (Taming the Wild Ox), by Nico Tydeman, based on Ten Oxherding Pictures, by Zen
Master Kakuan, China, 12th C.



Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
”I think that this is quite enough about me. Actually I would love to hear from people reading this blog what thoughts and feelings have come up whilst reading....”

Send us your comments to Leona driectly to:
www.ffcaribbean.net
Info@ffcaribbean.net
Tel: (+5999) 5107109

Or send us your feedback to sixtaivan@gmail.com

Cell (+5999) 6986437 or to contact on our website.  

As the coregroup of Share2Uplift we love and deeply respect Leona, because of the caring and honest person she is, the deep knowledge and skills she brings at the table in our collaboration. Definitely one of the 250 ethical leaders of our Island, that continuously works at connecting dots and creating value for the whole of the society. Share 2uplift is totaly aligned with her short and long term goals.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.

As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.Visit the website for more information. 

Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 18th of October
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 18th of October, at Biblioteka Nashonal di Korsou.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books “Why Nations fail, the origins of power, prosperity and poverty”, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson (presented by Dr. Miguel Goede) and “The power of eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a small group to heal others, your life and the world”, by Lynn McTaggart (presented by Ivan Kuster). We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 18th of October.




Personal coaching tips

In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links related to the book we will present on the 18th of October, “The power of 8”, by Lynn Mctaggart. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Lynne McTaggart - The Power of Eight - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYGRztyR24

Lynne McTaggart - How to do intention: Useful Tips - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJMZKZNiJc&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart- Highlights of The Middle East Peace Intention Experiment - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Abvdw1NLo8&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart: How to conduct a Power of Eight group - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTORJd3s3Ws&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Dr Dacher Keltner discuss the vagus nerve - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-1HhWRcIyQ&feature=youtu.be

Lynne McTaggart and Wes Chapman: How a Power of Eight group session transformed his life - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QduyIeb8w How he overcame his depression?

Influencer Arthur Con, Tomorrows workshop and this week tips

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (24th of September till the 1st of October) we will have an interview with Influencer Arthur Con; we will invite you to our upcoming workshop at the Chit Chat Cafe at Mensing’s Caminada on Tuesday, the 25th of June and we will share some valuable personal motivational video-links with you. Everyday we will upload one video on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

It’s all about faith, courage and perseverance, Influencer Arthur Con

Arthur, is a father of four now grown up children and live with a significant other that now works in Sint Martin. He is born in Curaçao, have 2 sisters and graduated as a civil engineer at the TU Delft. Before he became director of FKP in the year 2005, he has worked several jobs not always in Curaçao.

During his years in Delft-Holland he was an amateur boxing champion and now he practices golf, loves playing domino, but also love fishing especially of the coast of Curaçao during midnight and early morning hours in the pitch dark (not alone but with one companion), close to where the different tankers anchor in front of the south coast of Curaçao.

Arthur why do you fish at that hour of the night?
“Because the light of the tankers in the dark, attracts bigger fishes which makes it easier to catch them”.

Is this a character trait for you as a person also?
“Yes, managing my fear well, is a typical character trait of me, meaning I don’t mind taking risks to reach my goals.”

Where did it come from?
“As a child I used to go fishing with my uncles. My father was also a boxer btw and a very independent and determined person, whom always thought of himself that he could solve everything.”

We have come to know you also as a very innovative. Like exploring new construction techniques, challenging limiting beliefs among some of your peers regarding what is possible for example Wech.i You never accepted that FKP should give up on Wechi and you are eager to learn new things as a manager and leader with a large circle of influence, where did that come from?
“I always have been a very curious person. I loved exploring new things. I belief that all of us should have a happy life.
For example: I am, in my sparetime, also exploring ways and means to develop the local fishery sector. I explore ways we can make better use of alternative energy on the island, because I firmly belief in the opportunities that these present for Curaçao”.

“I have a passion for alternative energy and it is based on my personal vision that Curaçao should become more independent energy wise, simply by making better use of our own natural resources. We have a lot of sun, sea and wind. We are not using electric cars yet. I am even considering ways and means to collect the rain that falls on our island. We have the same amount of rain that falls in Holland over a year here in Curaçao and most of it just goes back to the sea. Why not catch this and store it in underground water reservoirs, that we could use when their is not so much rain falling for irrigation purposes of our flora, but also our fauna. I am also brainstorming on ways and means to use our waste to genearte energy, and therefore contributing to a sustanable comunity in different areas of our life.”

What were the challenges that you have encountered when you started working as the CEO of FKP in 2005 and how did you overcome them?
“First and most important was the development of Wechi. Within FKP, they had given up on Wechi when I became a CEO and now due to my perserverance, we have finally reached a point where we can start to develop Wechi after we have won all the legal battles in court. We succeeded with Wechi, because of our vision, our perserverance to “never give up” and focus.

Secondly, the development of alternative ways to build houses that are durable and more affordable. We now have developed a concrete pouring system (gietbouw sisteem) and formwork that is pretty innovative. One of the most important actions we took with regards to the way we are building houses was, we look around in our region in other countries to find out what worked. We discovered that in certain countries they use formworks and with our FKP technical team we had instituted, we made some further adjustments that would fit much better in the local specific environment in Curaçao. Based on making continued comparisons we belief we now have developed a new system, that is capable of building durable and affordable houses. And of course we will share our knowledge with other islands if asked.


Thirdly, my relationship with different stakeholders like the FKP union; FKP’s supervisory board and politicians has been a big challenge and at times delicate.

We were able to overcome the obstacles we confronted, when dealing with the different stakeholders because of our communication skills and ability to build bridges with these stakeholders. Stakeholders used to have perceptions of who I am that were not always in accordance with reality and becoming aware of this and based on my excellent communications skills, my integrity and honesty, in the end made me overcome these challenges. I also belief that as a person you need to be very well connected in networks and be able to easily get along with different people and stakeholders, it is an important competency, a people’s skills, that one needs to, to be succesful in an organization like FKP. But you also need to be humble and that makes it possible to be able to communicate with all layers in the society and in FKP from the trainee to the prime minister of the country.”

What are your strengths?
“I am very good at staying focused and perservere. You know, when I was an amateur boxer during the time I was studying in Holland, I have learned to, once I put my mind on something and I belief in it, to go all the way. But, I was also very good in listening and open to innovation.

To be a boxer you need to not only have a firm belief in self, a self confidence that was fueled also by my training regime, so that it became easier to deal with whatever challenges you meet on your way. My mother alsways told me, that “if you want to achieve something, you have to work for it, be it at school or in boxing or career wise and she always told me to visualize and imagine that you have already achieved what you have visualize. In my way of seeing life, I don’t belief that there are problems, I see them as challenges to overcome. I am pretty good in handling stress, I am very forgiving and I am able to let go easily of things that I can’t influence. I don’t want to carry a full back-pack.”



How would you describe your leadership style, people centered or result oriented?
“I consider myself a people centered leader and I am continously trying to improve my skills in this regard.”

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now?
“I have an innate passion for construction that I had since I was a child. My grandfather was a contractor and I use to give him a helping hand at times. I was fascinated by the house my father had build himself in Santa Rosa, were I grew up.” 

Is there anything else you want to share?
“In my spiritual journey I have learned, by following Fengshui courses, to appreciate peacefulness of mind. Life is all about happiness, tranquility and no worries. When I was a student in Holland, I studied the Bible, but I was challenged by certain questions I had, that the Bible didn’t answer. After following Fengshui courses the answers were given. When you ask questions, you always get your answers. I now have a better understanding of Jesus Christ and I am totally at peace now.”

What are your future plans? Can you share with us what are your business goals for short and long term?
Short term Business goals:

1. “We need to reached a formal management-agreement with the government. This contract deals with the relationship between government and FKP. This has been pending for long and I am optimistic that this will be solved soon;

2. I want to further improve the leadership of FKP starting with myself and the other managers in FKP. I firmly belief that our employees need to have job satisfaction. I am always reflecting, and looking in the mirror to see, how I am doing and what can we improve as management team so that all of us can attend with our employees in a better way. It is important to have a coach to trigger this self reflectiveness.”

Longterm business goals (10 years from now):

“We want to contribute to improve the quality of life of our community with high quality and affordable housing projects, which will alleviate their housing needs. We want to substantially improve the communication with our (potential) clients, so to best inform them and based on our knowledge of their personal needs, help satisfy these needs.
Having said that I am not glued to this chair at FKP, you may never know that tomorrow I might be involved in another area where I can serve our community, but that will definitely will not by becoming a politician. For now my focus with all my physical, mental and spiritual powers, I want to focus on how to develop Wechi especially and offer to our community 4000 new housing units to alleviate the scarcity in affordable housing.”


What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends at other say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years years from now?
“He has taught me to be happy, positive and look at life from the bright side. There are no problems only challenges and opportunities.”

What were 5 of the most Influential books that changed your life?

1. The Bible;
2. 'Animal farm', by George Orwel
3. 'From third world to first world', by Lee Kuan Yew
4. 'Old man and the sea', by Ernst Hemmingway
5. 'Emotional intelligence 2.0', Travis Bradberry and Jean Graves. Btw I would also like to add Simon Sinek TEDx presentation titled 'Start with Why?'. This has also had a big impact on my thinking.

How, in one word or sentence would people that know you, best describe you?
 “Positive and dedicated”, but also “Faith, Courage and perserverance”.

As the core group of Share2Uplift we consider Arthur one of the 250 ethical leaders of our islands, that continously works at creating value for the whole of the society, by connecting dots and aligning efforts. 


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.

As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information. 

Our next Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on TUESDAY the 25th of September

We would also like to invite you for tomorrows workshop:

“Glass half full, become the better version of you by making relative changes in your approach towards life.
See your life in pure objective terms.
Change your perspective.”


Date: Tuesday the 25th of September

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada.

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Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


Best Short Motivational Speech Video - 24 HOURS - 1-Minute Motivation #2 - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLeJJPxua3E&vl=en

One of the BEST Motivational Videos I've ever seen! - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzBCI13rJmA


It's Up To You - Motivational Video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMz2_S2y9WE

 

THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE | an inspirational journey | short motivational video - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QROON4PDt5A


SUCCESS comes with ATTITUDE - "Motivational Video" - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?vLbZTyDyssg


Inspirational Video: 2 minutes short motivational video to boost your Energy - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jlzlmv5hSU


Influencer Victor Monk, This week Book Session, Chit Chat workshop and coaching tips

Posted on September 16, 2018 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s blog (17th - 23rd of September) we will present an interview with Influencer Victor Monk; We will invite you to the upcoming Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of September at the Biblioteka Nashonal di Korsou; We will invite for our next upcoming Chit Chat workshop titled "The Glass half full' on Tuesday the 25th of September and we will end this blog sharing some Uplifting personal video-links. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


About being “Victorioso” and staying at peace, no matter what.

Victor Monk, could you tell us something about your self and your family?
“I am a father of two sons now grown up children and I am very happily married for over 29 years. I consider it a great win that my children have grown up well, both now studying in Holland and my family is very united. I was born in Colombia, my mother is still alive and I care for her, a lot. I visit her regularly. I have one other brother and one sister and I came to live in Curaçao when I was 10 years old. I am a family man and the Bible inspires me a lot in everything I do and I love soccer, swimming, going to the gym and I have always loved sports, especially soccer.


I come from a family, whom was living on welfare and I always believed that if I study and work hard enough with dedication, I can come very far career wise. I am now as we speak, the director of the Social Development at Ministry of SOAW of the government of Curaçao that offers social welfare for those most in need. So I belief that if I can achieved this, anyone can, if they put in the work.


My job gives me this unique authority to be helpfull for people whom are in a disadvantage position. 

I am always looking for ways and means how to further improve the lives of those whom are less fortunate in this world. This also explains why, I try to do acts of kindness on a personal basis every single day, that makes me feel good and I consider it a priviledge to be able to do this."

In your life you have to dealt with lots of challenges. Could you tell us about some of them and tell us how you overcame them?
When we came to Curaçao we didn’t know any one. We only could speak spanish and I had to start school at the 5th grade, where dutch and papiamento were the only languages that were spoken. And I was teased by other kids when I tried to speak dutch or papiamento, but fortunately not all where like that, some really tried to help me. I had this wonderful teacher Mrs. Hato whom was very interested in me and whom took interest in my learning, so she taught me in after school hours, the languages. I always was very good at arithmetic and I focused on my strengths and from there on, I gained an increased self esteem to try other subject matters.”

“I have always been very highly motivated to do well and did well at school and this while going to the challenges of getting accustomed to a new culture and country (Meaning Curaçao and later Holland). And after finishing M.I.L., I got my master’s degree at the University of Tilburg, Holland as an social economist. In Holland my biggest challenges were to get along with other Dutch students and I experienced less willingness by most of these Dutch students to be helpful towards students from other countries than Holland itself. In my experience, I consider the people in Curaçao were much more helpful and more human in that sense.

I decided to come back to work and live in Curaçao and that was a deliberate choice, because I wanted to give something back to our island. I started my career at Afdeling Financien Eilandgebied Curaçao in the year 1992, but soon they approached me to join the Bureau Ziektekosten Verzekering as a staff member, where in the year 1997 I became the Finance Director and in 2005 I became the Director.


In the beginning of my career my biggest challenges were how to help those most in need where there was always a lack of sufficient money.
I experienced that one specific group, those with a handicap in the society, had extra problems. We decided to form a group and we ultimately worked on introducing the “ley di labizjan” or AVBZ. This made it possible to improve the physical and mental care of handicapped people in a much better way. My idea was then to come with a general medical insurance system (AZV) for all, on the island. At this moment, we do have a basic health insurance system, but that isn’t the same as what I dreamed about, but we this a quite reasonable health insurance system we now have in place and now we are working on a general pension system. When you work in government, I have over the years, become aware of red tape and politics. That is why you should be patient, persevere and focus more on the process and less on the results.”

“After some years at BZV, I returned back into goverment after some bumps with politics, but I came back in government stronger than ever. I was asked to become a Secretaris Generaal (SG) of BPD, but I prefered to be a director of Social Development at the Ministery of SOAW. As a director I am more directly involved with projects, that can influenced those whom really need help. As a SG, you are more of a coordinator. You have a slightly better salary, but you are not directly involve with the people in need. I belief that you must love what you do and always be willing to help people that need it the most."

In the 25 years that I have worked, I have been confronted with lots of challenges and there are lots of people trying to pull you down in the mud, but when you have a clean consciousness and you do what you do from the heart, you will always come of out of these challenges victorious. In my career I have been put aside (in dutch: on “non-actief” twice. I lost my job as the director of BZV, because I kept my ground as a principle centered person. But with the help of Jehova GOD and my family standing right behind me, I came out of this stronger than ever."

How did you overcome challenges up to now, rebounding from whatever challenges you confront?
"My trust in GOD all Migthy, my family and my confidence and trust that what I am doing is for the benefit and good of all."

Furthermore, in the past I was very focused on the results and when I didn’t get the results, this really disappointed me. Now I focus more on the process, work hard to achieve my goals, but then I am aware of reality factors and I am enjoying more, the journey."


What are your strengths?
"1. I am a person that really cares for people;
2. I love being in management;
3. I am very creative and innovative and I love thinking out of the box;
4. I am very result oriented and
5. I am a very positive person."


How would you describe your leadership style, people centered or result oriented?

"I use to be very result-oriented in the beginning of my career, but as years had gone by, I transformed and now I am a people centered manager and leader. This is why I put lots of focus and attention on coachingprograms for the employees that I am responsible for at the Ministery of SOAW."

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Where does that come from?
"I want to prove to myself, that I can reach my goals not at the expense of others and still be able to help those the most in need of this help."

We have come to know you as a person that is very result oriented and also well connected in networks and can easily get along with different people and stakeholders, is that a comptency – we would call it people’s skills – that one needs to be succesful in life?
"If you really care for other people and you do your work with love you will undoubtly achieve what you set your mind on.
When you focused too much on the results though, you can get stress out, which is something that had happened to me. This was a big lesson for me and I have changed my ways and now I am enjoying life more and to the fullest."

We have come to know you also as a very innovative and eager to learn new things as a manager and leader with a large circle of influence, where did that come from? Is it something that can be learned?
"I belief if all of us have this potential in us, it is up to us to achieve this potential. I have learned so much from those leaders I have worked with. I learned from their positives and tried to improve my self step by step."

What are your future plans, short term and long term? What are your biggest challenges that you foresee to reach your future goals?
 "In the short term on a personal level I want to further grow spiritually, I want to improve my family ties and improve my Inner Mental Peace.

At work I want to enable the restoration/rehabilitation of four “Sentro di Bario”and I want to enable an improved work climate at work.

Long term is I want to become even stronger spiritually and mentally. I want to have happy family relations. I want to enable the construction of an Elderly Care center with optimal care for our people and I want to enable a general pension system for all workers in Curaçao."

We have come to learn from you that you really want to use all of your abilities to influence and solve problems that are bigger than those where you work now. Where did that come from?
"I have thought myself to look at things as though they are challenges.

I read a lot and my mother always was looking for solutions for everything without complaining and my wife always stimulates me to, take steps slowly but surely and prove to myself ultimately that it is possible. My wife was always there when I most needed this, I love her dearly. She has been very supportive to help me to be where I am now. I trust in GOD that our love will last till the end of our lives."

What were some of the most Influential books that changed your life?
The most important one was the 'Bible' and 'To be happy in Alaska', by Rafael Satandreu.


How, in one word or sentence would people that know you, best describe you?
"Victorioso". 

Do you want to share anything else that might be relevant for those reading this blog?
"The coaching programma I am following via Uplifting BV is making me, every single day more and more aware of all the beautiful and positive things that surrounds us.
As the core group of share2uplift we consider Victor indeed “Victorious” a winner (in papiamento = “Victorioso” and one of the 250 ethical leaders of our islands, that continously works at creating value for the whole of the society, by connecting dots and aligning efforts."

The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.
As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of September
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 20th of September, at Biblioteka Nashonal.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books Breaking rank, How to lead change when yesterday’s stories limit today’s choices, by Steven Countinho (presented by Ivan Kuster) and Enlightenment Now, the case for reason, humanism and progress, Steven Pink (presented by Michiel van de Veur). We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 20th of September.

Our next Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on TUESDAY the 25th of September
We would also like to invite you to our next workshop:
'Glass half full, become the better version of you by making relative changes in your approach towards life. See your life in pure objective terms. Change your perspective.'

Date: Tuesday the 25th of September

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada. Contact for more info!

Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some Uplifting video links. Every day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.


POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY - HAPPIER BY TAL BEN-SHAHAR, PhD - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Wei0-vAZs

Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=faT8jw17RHE

LEARNED OPTIMISM BY MARTIN SELIGMAN | ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hHNq45rEnU

What is Flow Theory? What does this mean for our students? - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUsOCR1KKms

Appreciative Inquiry - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzW22wwh1J4

This Was Holding Me Back From Success | Lewis Howes Motivation - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7NaKxNoY1Y


Interview with influencer Steven Coutinho, upcoming events and this week tips

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In this week’s (10th – 16th of September) blog we will present an interview with Steven Coutinho, author of the book: 'Breaking Rank, how to lead change when yesterday’s stories limit today’s choices'. We will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of September at the Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou, where one of the two books being presented will be 'Breaking Rank'. We will invite you to our next Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada workshop on the 25th of September and we will end with some video links with personal coaching tips of one of our favorite and earliest virtual teachers, John Assaraf. Every day during the week we will also upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Obsessively driven by change, Steven Countinho’s story

Steven, we have read your book 'Breaking Rank, how to lead change when yesterday’s stories limit today’s choices'. Parts of this book was autobiographic and we appreciated your vulnerability as it was expressed in the book because whenever you were challenged you transformed that challenge into big steps forward. You latest step, walking away as Regional Managing Director of Royal Bank of Canada was a really BIG one. So, we got this information on whom you are as Steven Coutinho, the person behind the author.

• You are an Internationalist. You decided to live in Curacao in 2012 when you joined RBC Royal Bank;
• You are married and father of three children;
• You were born in Holland from Surinam parents and lived quite some years in Australia when growing up;
• You have studied in Groningen and you have lived in 34 different places working either as a consultant or bank executive;
• You hold a master’s in Medical Physics from the University of Groningen, and hold an MBA from the Wharton School;
• You have worked as the regional managing director of Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean;
• You are the CEO of Xpand.

Steven, are we missing something?
Steven: "It is way too much you have mentioned, maybe you should shorten it.“

Steven starts our interview, trying to stay humble. So this also typifies Steven. Well, we considered shortening his CV, but we found it too relevant and kept it like that, because of the consistency that Steven has shown over the years to have a major impact in the world. A friend of him that we talked to, told us that Steven at an early age (in his late teens and early twenties), was always talking about transforming governments and countries and he is still consistently looking for ways and means to do this.



Steven: “It has been quite a journey though, because I was always trying to find a way to explain why people behaved like they did in the countries I worked and lived in, that is: “ineffective behavioral patterns.” Until last year, after going to a 10 days Vipassana retreat here in Curaçao in July 2017. This changed my life completely.”


The friend we talked with told us he attended a birthday party of my younger brother at my home when in the same week, he finished the retreat he told me: “I am going to quit my job as executive of RBC. I am going to dedicate the rest of my life empowering postcolonial mindsets.”

We asked Steven if he would describe himself in one word or one sentence what would that sentence be?
Steven answered: “Obsessively driven by change”. I am not an emotional person, certainly not across the board because I understand from an evolutionary perspective where emotions come from. So, I am less emotional than some people would like to see me to be – it often gets me into trouble. But I am emotional in some ways, depending on the situation, for example if it is something regarding the safety of my children, my primitive mind will be on alert."

How important is your family for you?
“My biggest goal is to enable especially my children to grow up with a certain consciousness of whom they are and what they can achieve. And I sincerely wish this was possible for all children now growing up in the world. I don’t want them to grow up in a straight jacket, but want them to make their own choices, but then again this is also a challenge: if one of my children for example would always be given the freedom to decide on what they want to do and they continuously would decide to watch TV, I would consider it necessary to intervene in this challenging dilemma. So, there is no clear cut yes or no in all circumstances.”

What would you want your Loved Ones, family, friends at other say about you let’s say 10 to 15 years years from now?

“That I am passionate and always willing to help the world to be a better place, always willing to enable people to get a certain awareness that would benefit them. That I was also very much aware that in my journey, I made mistakes. Mistakes that became lessons learned to make them part of a more hightened awareness”.

What are your future plans?
Steven: “I stopped at RBC-bank at the end of May and have since met lots of people that want to collaborate with my company Xpand. That is nice to know and lots of them are like minded people with their own unique approach and perspective. I am now focusing on my company and marketing my book Breaking Rank especially via social media. But, as we speak in September 2018, I am also learning to become an entrepreneur and I am going through the usual challenges that this brings with it. But my mindset is still to stay my course that I have set for myself. That goal is to get the message out in the world that: “It is not about color, not about being black, brown or whatever color of your skin. This all is based on how we are programmed and this explains our ineffective behavioral patterns. As a writer, I have come to learn from my father, whom was also a writer that: “If you want to have an impact in the world you need write books.
So, I am following his advice and by now have three other books in the pipeline with the following titles:
- The illusion of reality;
- Why do we women wear lipstick;
- The non-sense of insecurity.
This is what I consider my purpose in life. My father is now 88 years old and he has been an author, but also an Economics Professor at Erasmus University and the Universities of Suriname, Costa Rica and Barbados. This was an important lesson he taught me.”

Check also this TEDx presentation of Steven Coutinho. Stories, Choices and Change | Steven Coutinho | TEDxCuracao - YouTube

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We consider you a big Influencer and at the launching of your book at Mensing’s Caminada in June/July 2018 you mentioned that you will start an after school education initiative, based on Ricardo Sempler’s approach and his Lumiar’s initiative. This after school initiative would offer a different curriculum than the usual one. How is that developing up to now?
Steven: “I am experiencing slow progress up to now, because everyone is head down and focused on their own thing. It’s a phenomenon that is not only local by the way, it’s also international. Everybody is so busy with their own mind. What is more: education is a very sensitive topic. Look for example in Curacao: our system – that is very traditional and in some cases obedience oriented - goes back hundreds of years. Every change goes slowly, but my mindset is to be patient, persistent and I am convinced that in the end we will be successful”.

What is your BIG WHY or driving motivation to be whom you are right now? Where does that come from?

“I can’t explain it, maybe it’s Karma, but I feel my goal is to help others liberate their minds from the stories that have been wrapped around their minds. I can’t explain it other than that. When I was in Australia, I saw aboriginals sniffing gas at gas stations and I couldn’t explain their behaviors. When traveling across the world I saw other marginalized people showing behaviors and making choices that kept them poor. I believe I can now explain this. That’s why I wrote Breaking Rank.”

In “Breaking rank” Steven sums up 6 ineffective behaviors patterns, that he has identified in all post colonized countries.
Pattern 1: Better safe than sorry (Low risk tolerance);
Pattern 2: It’s not my decision to make (Helplessness, deference & victimization);
Pattern 3: Power benefits the few at the cost of the many (Low altruism);
Pattern 4: I’m focusing on Me, Myself & I (Demotivation & disengagement);
Pattern 5: Someone’s always out to get me (Low trust);
Pattern 6: Live for today, mañana may never come (short term focus).


In his book Steven mentions an interesting fact and that is: 84 % of the world has been colonized by European countries, only parts of South East Asia and Thailand were never colonized and a lot of those countries that were colonized still show certain choice patterns even in their postcolonial phase.

Steven explains: “For example, in many postcolonial societies bureaucracy was fear based and structured to keep control of society. In many countries today this influence can still be seen: bureaucracies – and often other organizations - are still very punitive, fear based, control oriented instead of facilitating, stimulating and opportunity seeking. People who work in such environments are often those who have sought job safety – exactly the type of people that will not see opportunities, but rather threat. They go ‘by the book’ and this then stifles innovation. Just look at how government handled the winery project at Hato and the free-range eggs (scharrel eieren) project. Those who want to bring change start to look at the actions of government, give up on their efforts and walk away.” Take a different way of looking at the world for example in the US: government is less heavy handed, red tape is nowhere to be found, private initiative is encouraged. The mindset is ‘yes we can’ instead of ‘no we can’t’. When I lived there it became obvious that rules were seen as guidelines, and not some hard and fast path that could not be deviated from. They ask: how can we? instead of you must walk a certain path or walk no path at all. Let me be clear though: this mindset has nothing to do with race or culture. It is one that comes from fear. A fear that has been deposited into our minds by a history whose effects we have never fully appreciated. A history that has shaped our minds to accept our world and ourselves as being the way things are. Breaking Rank breaks those myths and shows who we are NOT.“


What can be done to empower these post colonial mindsets?

“You know, when I started meditating I got these epiphanies. Either when I am in meditation, in those moments when I am in stillness or just after having finished my meditations. People also would just come by and walk into my office, triggering epiphanies. It is like being in the Zone and I know that when I don’t meditate the “fearful me part” gets the upper hand again. It is like waves that go up and down depending on my meditation exercises and I consider it important that one stays in a rhythm and through meditation enables being in the Zone.”

Quote from his book: Mindfulness techniques can neurologically change people’s perceptions of their control, how to regulate their emotions and how it can allow them to awaken from the stories wrapped around in their minds.

"Because not everyone will become a meditator, I developed a Breaking Rank framework. First it enables you to understand WHO you are and what your place is in the world; next it helps you to give people choice and broaden their perception as to WHAT they can do; finally it supports you to break down your world into pieces, see the relationships between the pieces and rearrange them to build a new world. That is when people understand HOW to adapt to the world.”

For more information we highly recommend buying the book available at Mensing’s Caminada, you can attend the coming presentation of Steven on the 19th of September from 7 pm titled 'Break Rank, tired of playing the social games' at Mensing’s Caminada and you can attend our next Master Your Mind Platform session on the 20th of September, where we will expand more on the book itself and the Breaking Rank framework.

On what projects do you think you need to collaborate in Curaçao to get value created and empower postcolonial minds?
“In Curaçao I belief the Whole Island Leadership Expedition (W.I.L.) is the most unique platform to bring along the desired changes.”
W.I.L. is a platform in its incubator phase where different Influencers on the Island are connecting dots and aligning efforts, collaboratively creating value for the whole of the society, aimed at bringing about transformational changes in Curaçao. More of this will be published soon. Share2Uplift is one of the participants in this platform.

What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most?

1. Black skin, white masks, by Frantz Fanon
2. The alchemist, by Paulo Coelho;
3. Pedagogy of the oppressed, by Paulo Frere
4. The Lucifer effect, by Philip Zimbardo
5. The wisdom of insecurity, by Alan Watts.


To finalize this interview based on the six ineffective behavioral patterns you mentioned in your book, where would you rank yourself if you would use this as a self-assessment tool on a scale from 1 to 10?
Risk avoidance or your tendency to seek risks: 8
Responsibility: 9
Altruism: 6
Motivation: 9
Trust: 8
Short term thinking: 7

To sum up: We were pleasantly surprised by the depth and familiarity of the content of Breaking Rank based on our own experiences in Curaçao, which resonated a lot with us. Steven has observed similar patterns not only in other Caribbean Islands but elsewhere in countries where he has worked and lived with a colonial history. That was one of our biggest take aways. We consider Steven to be one of the 250 ethical leaders on the island that is connecting and aligning efforts to collaboratively create value for the whole of the society. For those who read this blog, the book 'Breaking Rank' is a MUST read, to get a deeper understanding of certain disfunctional behavioral patterns that are so pervasive on our island and also some recommended paths, to rid ourselves from them.



The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders (Influencers) to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.
As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

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.
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 20th of September
We would like to invite you to our next session MYM-platform session on the 20th of September, at Biblioteka Nashonal.

From: 7 - 8.30 pm

Entrance: FREE

We will be presenting the books Breaking rank, How to lead change when yesterday’s stories limit today’s choices, by Steven Countinho (presented by Ivan Kuster) and Enlightenment Now, the case for reason, humanism and progress, Steven Pink (presented by Michiel van de Veur). We will connect the content of these books with what we presented in past MYM-sessions, focused on how to create your own future. Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you on the 20th of September.




Our next Chit Chat Workshop at Mensing’s Caminada on Tuesday the 25th of September
We would also like to invite you to our next workshop:


'Glass half full, become the better version of you by making relative changes in your approach towards life. See your life in pure objective terms.
Change your perspective
.'


Date: Tuesday the 25th of September


Time: 7 – 9 pm

Place: Chit Chat Café Mensing’s Caminada.

Contact for more info!


Personal coaching tips
In this week’s personal coaching tips, we will share some video links of one our favorite and earliest virtual teachers, John Assaraf. Every single day we will upload one of these video-links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Allie & You: The Secret's John Assaraf Talks About Overcoming Mental and Emotional Road Blocks - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU_zqlLyEOU

Are You INTERESTED Or Are You COMMITTED? - John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrl0YLC-KtM&vl=vi

How To Break Through Your Financial Ceiling — For Good | John Assaraf - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-D_RM5PLmo

Why Aren't You REALLY Taking Action Toward Your Goals? - YouTube
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkqUjSf0kKA

INNERCISE | Fix Your Focus, Release Your Fears - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=C67ES-Z5RQk

Why 2% Succeed and 98% Don't - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYJx8Jix0e4


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