The last entry

We hope you have found your individual coaching sessions useful. We have the feeling that they were so. We also hope you can aply some of the concepts we reviewed during the modules.

To finish this process, we have sent you three more inputs:

1) a 4 minutes TedEd video, summarizing what good communication is about:

2) a 3 minutes video of Fred Kofman, summarizing the idea of “becoming leaders/actors” (vs. feeling victims of the situation).

3) Perhaps you remember that Nagore talked about an article about meetings in our last session. Please find bellow the link:

We have sent you our emails address, and invite you to contact us in case you want to discuss any idea or you think we can help you in any way.

Thanks for your participation.

Vesper team

Ane Agirre (

Oscar Garro (


It starts with U

It is true that the contexts influences our behaviour. We can look at the context as something external to us that we suffer or that we enjoy, or we can see ourselves as part of it, considering the fact that our actions influence and create that context (among other´s actions). You are a group of 20 leaders of an organization of 90 people. You are the core group of CIC. You are critical in creating a certain “working culture”.


  • you value diversity of views,
  • you challenge the assumptions about others and about how things work,
  • you share the information you think others might value,
  • you ask another person or team what do they need from you to reach thier goals,
  • you make time to communicate and share our ideas with clarity,
  • you commit yourselves to filling up the container of trust,
  • you see “the whole picture” instead your own room,
  • you ask for what you need, instead of complaining about it,
  • you are punctual and therefore you are being respectful with the collective time,
  • you try to understand the reasons behind other lines, groups, projects or department´s decisions,

… you are contributing to a more collaborative environment.

We  share 3 min of this Ted Talk video with you. There are other very interesting videos in TedTalks about communication and collaboration, you might be interested in.

Vesper Team

P.S.: Next friday we will be sending the last entry of this blog. We will attach the list of behaviours that create TRUST, so that you can make a self-evaluation and make decisions about what behaviours you are going to reinforce, and which ones are you going to stop. We will also summarize some of the issues and proposals to share them with the management team, involving the in the purpose of gaining collective capability to communicate and collaborate. 

What’s in it for me?

20170216_152818Yesterday we had the opportunity to talk about the effort  that collaboration needs: it needs time, it needs an open listening, to be clear when we communicate, to clarify misunderstandings,… We also talked about the importance of the CONTEXT in which we work. There are environments that foster communication and collaboration an others, that inhibit them.

The key point is, to what extent each of us can contribute to the creation of a favorable context, even if the main responsability is not ours. It is very usual to talk about the context as if we were not part of it. We believe that even in the most difficult contexts, there is always “something” we can do. Can we make any difference depending of what we say, what we ask for, how we call meetings, how we participate in meetings, how we communicate with our teams, etc.?  

We believe that one of the key issues to collaborate better is to connect ourselves with the benefits that it can bring for us (usually, long term benefits). That is the exercise we did yesterday in which we were not very succesful being “specific” 😉


We invite you to watch this TED TALK video, that you might find interesting, “Collaboration is an individual effort“. It is the personal view of a young woman that declares not being naturally inclined to collaborate with others. In our opinion, her testimony is very “real” and practical.  It will take you 12 mins to watch it.

We also invite you to draw your own networking picture. You might find some people (inside CIC or from other organizations) with which you could intentionally build a stronger or better relationship.

And we also encourage you to use the simple question we practiced in the session with different people:  What can I do to make your working life easier or more productive?”  You might get interesting answers.

Thanks for your participation.  Any input you can give us for the rest of the process, will be very welcome. It will help us to help you learn something valuable for your working life.  In the next four weeks, we will send you other readings about trust, communication, meetings, etc…

Vesper team

p.d. If you wish to post your comments on the blog either about yesterday´s session or around this Ted Talk, we can create a conversation. We are aware of the difficulty to make time for everything, so if it does not happen in the blog, we will talk in the next classroom session. 

The superpower of collaboration

super-hero-battery-wraps-1-300x271We are living in a complex world: the challenges are global and bigger and the changes becoming faster and faster. This situation forces us to change a paradigm with which we have lived for centuries: only the strongest will survive

This belief has been useful for humanity for years but we are sure that it will not be enough for the future. In the past, competition was the key to success but right now, we need another superpower: the capacity to collaborate with others.

So we need engineers, economists, artists, politicians, teachers…who collaborate with each others but especially, we need scientists who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with companies and colleagues to solve huge problems … and enjoy doing it.

Here we have valued examples of joint collaborating work between scientific individuals and groups to solve increasingly complex problems. Alfons Cornella, in his book “The solution begins with CO“, talks about a radical exam­ple of scientific collaboration in the Atlas Experiment where “more than 3,000 scientists in many dif­ferent specialties contributing to solve the most complex questions about the structure of matter at the CERN in Geneva. It is this convergence of disciplines that helps science to advance”.

However, we know that it’s necessary to develop new skills and we are looking forward to sharing them in this Programme.

Vesper Team