Our programs create massive personal and professional change – in one day.

We design our content so that there‘s something for everyone. From leadership, personal development, relationships, Emotional Intelligence, to company growth, teamwork and empowerment – we’re covering the subjects that matter most. There is games, play, interaction, fun, coaching and workshops for every profile and job role.


One thing SHFT Happens will never be… is a conventional training. We’re talking about the boring, meeting-room trainings we’ve all been to. We’re the opposite of that. The modern event spaces, our tailored approach, our casual vibe and interactive, high stakes, experiential simulations, are just some of the reasons people love being part of our events – and why you will too.

You’ve got the brain power, we’ve got the tools to tap into it. Our facilitators are certified by the world’s biggest game brands, including LEGO®, EQ-i, and SAMURAI GAME®. Check out our portfolio so far – we’re just getting started.


SHFT Happens borrows from both L&D and game worlds and allows the participants to literally play and experience their Personal Development and Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

Step into the world of a Samurai or experience the world through the eyes of a child for a day. Boost your self-awareness. Supercharge your Emotional Intelligence. Improve your personal / leadership skills.

“This was the BEST experience I have had.

There are so many things I took away. Here are a few: A much more complete and realistic perspective about leadership; A clear understanding of areas I need to work on to become a better person/leader & A great opportunity to experience close connections with a diversified group of people.”

C. Douglas, University of San Francisco



  • Discover your leadership style
  • Explore your strengths & talents
  • Learn. Collaborate. Connect

29 JUNE 2019 | 09:00 – 18:00

When the going gets tough, rules don’t apply, and the future is unclear, how do you show up? When distractions are everywhere, the demands keep growing, can you stay present and in your power? When no one is watching and the consequences are uncertain, do you act with integrity?

Step into the world of a Samurai for a day and find out! We’re proud to present the Samurai SHFT® – a blend between Emotional Intelligence and the Samurai Game® – the ultimate combination between Leadership Development and Play.

This unbeatable hands-on, minds-on day will leave you transformed on a professional and personal level.

Get right to the essence of your leadership strengths. Address issues of personal power, strengths, and blind spots, commitment and courage, competition and compassion, integrity and choice, intention and resilience.


When: Saturday, 29 June 2019 | 09:00 – 18:00
Where: TSH Collab | Wibautstraat 131D Amsterdam
Who: Individuals & teams

The SAMURAI® SHFT is particularly effective when you are prepared to ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have what it takes to be a leader who displays iron self-discipline, 100% commitment, inner calm in the face of adversity, honor, and integrity?
  • When my team’s integrity is tested to the limits—do we turn against each other or get stronger?
  • When I encounter challenges, can I tolerate the discomfort of new learning or do I retreat to old patterns of behavior?

The ultimate combination between Analytics & Play
This is a unique learning experience. Our programs are framed around the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) – one of the most respected and recognized EI assessment instruments worldwide and the first medically / scientifically validated tool. Incorporating more than 20 years’ research and development, the EQ-i is a psychometrically sound instrument that is applied to EI assessment and development at an individual, team, and organizational levels.

See you and your team on June 29?

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  • Supercharge your emotional fitness & wellbeing
  • Learn to influence, persuade & lead
  • Develop your social superpowers

13 JULY 2019 | 9:00 - 18:00

“Not appreciating the value of your Social Superpowers is your kryptonite.” (M. Lieberman, Ph.D. Neuroscientist)

“Social Superpowers” are our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Scientists found that to make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive we need to build these skills. The purpose of this program is to do just that – help you gain agency and stewardship over your Social Superpowers.

The SHFT Happens Bootcamp offers you the unique opportunity to learn from human behavior experts from the business, coaching and academic world. Participants in our programs increase their Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Happiness & Wellbeing by 20%.


While each bootcamp is different, here’s a taste of what you might experience:


09:00 ✻ EQ Report
Your personalized, in-depth, 20 pages analysis on the current state of your Emotional Intelligence & Social Superpowers.

10:00 ✻ Self-Awareness Session
Learn to navigate your inner emotional landscape. Boost your self-awareness & confidence.

10:30 ✻ Purpose Session
“Why am I here?” “What am I here to do?” In this session, we apply six powerful exercises to help you discover and live out your purpose.


12:45 ✻ Lunch
Connect with your classmates over lunch

13:30 ✻ Power up: Quick Coherence & Resilience
Learn to recognize subtle stress signals before they become chronic. Apply a simple but powerful technique to boost performance and resilience.

14:30 ✻ Creative Problem Solving
Tune into the full range of your body’s wisdom areas — brain, heart, and gut to find creative solutions to longstanding problems. Apply a four-step process to disrupt your limiting beliefs, generating creative approaches and new perspectives for your own life and work.

16:00 ✻ Box Your Way to More Empathy
Some call boxing the “New Moving Meditation”. This is a non-violent session which is more intensive on a mental, than on a physical level, meant to help expedite your decision making and think on your feet.


17:00 ✻ Graduation Ceremony & Drinks
Draw from the diverse backgrounds of the SHFT community to generate new perspectives and increase self-awareness of your own biases and blind spots.


When: Saturday, 13 July 2019 | 10:00 – 18:00
Where: TSH Collab | Wibautstraat 131D Amsterdam
Who: Individuals & teams


See you on 13 July 2019?


  • LEGO your way to higher EQ
  • Develop cognitive flexibility
  • Stretch & upgrade your mind

20 JULY 2019 | 09:00 – 18:00

A Saturday spent on LEGO® SHFT is not only the makings of your best team outing ever, it’s an investment into your professional and personal development on an individual and company level.

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. We’ve combined it with Emotional Intelligence & Analytics to offer you a unique, robust and unbeatable hands-on, minds-on day of professional and personal development on an individual and company level.


When: Saturday, 20 July 2019 | 09:00 – 18:00
Where: TSH Collab | Wibautstraat 131D Amsterdam
Who: Individuals & teams

See you on July 20? 


 We leverage play, simulations & games to support global intra- & entrepreneurs in developing the mindsets, skillsets, & toolsets needed to thrive. 


We apply a cutting-edge, robust instrument used in clinical, forensic, corporate & research settings to measure your progress & tailor our approach.


Participants in our programs boost their confidence, Emotional Intelligence & wellbeing by 20%.


  • Ina Catrinescu, SHFT Happens founder

  • Canberk Hallik, PwC

  • Iulia Tuica, CitizenM

  • Brenda Estrada, Philips

  • Desmond Elliott, Educator

  • Adina Cotuna, European Space Agency

  • Diana Stamate, Nyenrode