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Vergaderen 3.0

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (1584)

Vergaderen 3.0


Een vergadering is een gestructureerd gesprek om formeel te beslissen over punten die de organisatie aangaan. Er zijn boekenkasten volgeschreven met boeken over vergadertechnieken. Vroeger waren er trainingen hoe effecting te vergaderen. Tegenwoordig leest niemand deze boeken en volgt men ook niet dergelijke trainingen ook niet meer. Wat zie ik tegenwoordig. Vergaderingen beginnen altijd te laat. Zelfs de Statenvergadering. Mensen komen met een ge...

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Gesprek bij de Dames

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (382)

Op 10 april 2013 zit ik op Terras met de heren bij de Dames. We zijn allemaal ontslagen door de eerste regering van het land Curaçao. Met regelmaat hebben we dit gesprek. Wat is het nut van dit gesprek?

Het doet me denken aan het gesprek dat we gevoerd hebben de dag er voor.  Ongeveer tien personen, inclusief twee acteurs. Dat was nieuw voor Curaçao. De agenda was vijf scenes. Na iedere scene een bespreking met de groep. De werkvorm was bedacht doo...

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Talent in Curacao 3.0

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (1271)

We discussed the vision of Curacao. The vision of Curacao should be based on talent of the people. Today we celebrate the successes of our baseball players on the global stage. This is not sudden and not for s short period. This success is structural and is based on the talent. Former Minister Adrieaans stated that the people of Curacao have a talent: the eye hand coordination is exceptional.

We are in the era of creative economy and experience ec...

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Suddenly everything became transparent

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (617)

Suddenly everything became transparent


The bike rider Lance Armstrong admitted that he used performance enhancing drugs. It became clear that matches were fixed in European soccer. There are clear indications that World Soccer Championships was both by Qatar. Scandals in the Catholic Church were reveliled. Many cases of political corruption came to light. What is happening? It looks like a party where for a while all lights were off and after awhile suddenly went o...

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Caribbean SIDS and Corruption Perception Index

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (502)


If we look at the Corruption Perception Index ranking of Transparency International of 2012, we see the following ranking.



Antigua and Barbuda


Bahamas 22

Barbados 15


British Virgin Island

Cuba 58

Dominica 41

Dominican Republic 118


Guyana 113

Haiti 165

Jamaica 83


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The management meeting

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (891)

I recently found out that in many organization the meetings are not held and if they are held they are ineffective. In Curacao is usually at Wednesday. Probably also on Monday. In government it is on Wednesday because at that same time the Board of Ministers meet and Minister are less likely to call the departments.


How can you increase the effectiveness of your meeting:

  • Prepare the ...
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The magic of the business planning process

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (1013)

You have read many articles about business planning.  You know what is in such a plan: Mission, vision, Values, Objectives, SWOT analysis, Action plan, Marketing plan, Financial plan.  You know the steps how to write such a plan: hiring a consultant, or not. Preparation of the workshop. Draft the plan and discuss this with staff and personal.  You that.

But do you realize that business planning is an i...

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Hope for Corporate Governance in Curacao

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (995)

The current Good (Corporate) Governance crisis in Curaçao, may become a blessing.  Why?  Because it will show once and for all that governance is a serious business and must be left to good people.  Good people are kwowledgeable and ethical professionals.  The best person I ever knew was my grandmother, but a would not put her on the board.  Because she...

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The Corporate Governane Crisis in Curacao

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (605)

What is happening in Curaçao? For more than two years all sort of strange things are happening in the area of Corporate Governance.  Not that it all started two years ago.  It started long before. Just a few recent examples: Aqualectra, Refeneria di Kòrsou and UTS.  Shareholder, supervisory board and management fighting over everything and the performance of the company heading downwards. What is the problem? What is the root cause...

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The week begins on Sunday

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (1059)

The week begins on Sundays.  I am not talking about the bible, the church or something like that.  No I am talking about work.  I know you are not happy about this.  You want to enjoy the Sunday, the last day of the week. But I am bringing good news.  You can have a very smooth week if you spend a hour or so of your Sunday to prepare for the week ahead.  So I suggest, take a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.  Open you agenda and look at y...

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