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First integral UPG team meeting

First integral UPG team meeting - Library of AmsterdamThis past Thursday night, the entire UPG team met in the Public Library of Amsterdam to discuss the developments of UPG and future projects on the horizon.

The library reflects on UPG by the ability tapping into almost unlimited amount of knowledge, available to research and validate findings. Also the students network as well as the executive network of the UPG team members adds to the value.

 

Streamlining UPG for projects

First integral UPG team meeting - Discussion on internal work togetherThiFirst integral UPG team meeting - Discussion on projectss meeting was focused on streamlining UPG and and to organize end handling efficient and effective project work. Processes and agreements to better the individual, better the areas of specialisms and thus better the output by not “bypassing” in doing it yourself and to build on each other instead.

Efforts are made to effectively work together, to cooperate and build onto each other, to create a role model of “practise what you preach”. We are fresh and we can do this right from the start.

Intern became a small brainstorm session, where may ideas flowed on how optimally start and approach projects in general. We talked about and agreed upon the openness in connections with others on the island.

Connection with St. Maarten

shtaWith great enthusiasm of both parties UPG has been approached last week by the SHTA (the St. Maarten Trade and Hospitality Association), who based, on the great article we had in The Daily Herald, congratulated UPG on the initiative. The Board of Directors and the Executive Director of the SHTA wholeheartedly embraced our initiative. With their great interest in the initiative, our enthusiasm and their willingness to support the group, an initial set of three projects were proposed to work together on.

All three projects have sparked major interest with UPG. Right from the beginning, the first project will be at a strategic level, which requires a wide range of expertise and disciplines that is not exclusive to one department. We name this multi-disciplinary or integral. All departments can contribute this project. This is the speciality of UPG: bundle and manage all their high level and intelligent sources to better the results.

We’re very excited to be embark on this journey with STHA as it is the first step in contributing to the economic, social and environmental change of the island. Further information will follow as we proceed.

Areas of specialism

First integral UPG team meeting - Talking about areas of specialsmTo further streamline the development of UPG, areas of specialisms are defined. Currently there are five namely: Technical, Marketing & Communication, Strategy & Operations, Finance and Customer Management. Each area is able to contribute functionally to a project as well as jointly, which is key for the results: everyone  is able to apply their knowledge and develop their functional and cross-functional skills in a context that is beneficial to the island.

Wrap-up dinner for the evening

First integral UPG team meeting - dinnerIt already becomes a bit of a tradition in UPG: Hard work, fun and talking about exciting topics makes hungry.

After the formal meeting we enjoyed a nice and small homely meal on the top floor of the Public Library of Amsterdam.

It shows the team spirit, enthusiasm, drive and proudness of the wonderful initiative we took, now growing towards a professional and stimulating environment for everyone.

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