Published On: Mon, Oct 15th, 2012

Team Curacao 3.0 = Curacaoans 3.0 = the conversation 3.0

Following my blog about dialogue Curacao 3.0, Mr. Baselman responded as follows. I quote: "We have a very big problem Mr. Goede, people cannot talk let alone discuss. That's long been one of the major problems. I can come with things you do not agree with but that does not mean I cannot continue to talk more with you. If here on this lovely island there is a difference of opinion then you are his enemy. And there, right there we lose everything we are constantly trying to build. Talking, discussing and exchanging opinions is the strength of a people. Therefore, we are now so weak and we can’t solve simple problems anymore. "

Earlier I wrote about the Curacaoans in 3.0, we is our strength and where we still need to grow.

"Boeli van Leeuwen described and compared us with the Aruban. He called us a genius and anarchic. We cannot work in (hierarchical) structures: all chiefs and no indians. Preferably a mouse than the tail of the lion, Boelie also said, I thought. But let's assume our strength: genius. We are creative and intelligent. especially physically intelligent."

"What I see around me these last days are: hatred, frustration, greed, etc. It leads to verbal abuse and (auto) destructive behavior. Did we even deteriorate: there is less singing and dancing. Less is written and read . It is less sports. There is less dreamed. "

"To Curaçao 3.0 to develop, we must find a balance between: emotion and rationality, individualism and team, locally and globally. We have our goals and plans which rationally determine our emotion, passion and commitment to achieve them. We have to fit our individual qualities into a collective one, but on basis of merits and not on favoritism. We must cherish our culture but totally focus on globalization. We must look outwards."

There is need for leadership. "The leadership is fragmented, there is no (shared) vision, focused on self-interest and group interests, short-term, problem-oriented and not focused on solutions and not able to turn the tides. Leadership over the past ten years has become younger, but the other features are unchanged or have become more extreme. How did that happen? the bad example is given in the course of years. "What Curacao needs, servant leadership: It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions ... the leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature."

We need better team. What is a good team? A good team is a diverse team and not a group where everyone is the same. We use the differences of each other's strengths. A clear objective, clear division of labor and minimum procedures. For a good composition, it is necessary that each one knows the rolls of their team members.

And finally it involves the Conversation 3.0. What is the conversation? We begin with mutual respect. We listen more than talk. There is an introduction. A working portion and an end. In the work part it’s about the problem, the causes, the alternatives, the pros and the cons, the choice. The end is about commitment. During the conversation it involves carefully formulation and nuance and not elevating voices, extremes and polarization but harmonization.

But who should be present at an interview? Anyone who is required and can contribute. I see too many people that are excluded from the conversation, while all knows too well how important its contribution is.

Written by Dr. Miguel Goede
Public Administration, Politic Science 

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