23th March 2014

This week Silvia started the class talking about blinking slowly. It’s a signal of our brain when is processing information. Silvia thought we weren’t paying enough attention but, as usual, there were a lot of things to talk about with the classmate beside you, not with the whole class. Anyway, we saw a video related to the game we made last week.

It was a reflection about collaboration, differences between leaders and facilitators and also how to work under pressure. We saw another TEDtalk video. It was James Cameron talking about teamwork and how we can create a bond. He said it comes when there are curiosity, imagination and, the most important thing, respect you have for each other. He encouraged the audience not to put limitations on themselves and take risks.

After a little discussion, Silvia asked us to create our own mantra as poem that was a way to communicate with ourselves. It was very difficult because it had to have 4 verses and they had to rime. That’s why my mantra is awful….

“Carpe Diem

and take the risk!

Be strong,

dare to dream!”

On Wednesday we started the class with a little discussion about how we will celebrate the end of the English classes. Some of us suggested going on a trip to London or Ireland but Colombians and Venezuelans couldn’t go. So, the best way to celebrate would be having a dinner together. We will see!

We also took a Card from the Universe. Mine said “Love is the answer….” It was great because I had no question and Universe spokes.


The topic we started discussing was “Empowering and Delegating”. Silvia told us Empowering people means to help them to develop a sense of self-confidence, to help them overcome feelings of powerlessness, to energize them to take action and to mobilize intrinsic motivation to accomplish a task.

She also spoke about the dimensions of empowerment: 1. Self efficacy, 2. Self determination, 3. Personal consequences, 4. Meaning, 5. Trust.

We talked about Michelangelo and his commitment to paint Sistine Chapel. We also discussed about what the advantages of delegation are and how we would delegate effectively.

Today I have to give thanks (to God or Universe, it doesn’t matter…). The only thing I had in my mind now is the Card I took on Wednesday… My husband is getting worse. He was in bed with horrible headaches since Tuesday. Drugs didn’t work as used to. He had high temperature but he didn’t want to go to the hospital until today. But pain disappears if love is around you.

“Love is the answer….” for sure!


16th March 2014

As last Monday, Gonzalo took a Card of the Universe for me. This time I’d taken a photo. It said “Before you embark on the journey of revenge DIG TWO GRAVES – Confucius” I totally agree with Confucius, because revenge would take you to a grave! You would lose the most. So I’m not avenger at all!!!


We started the new topic, Building Effective Teams, with a little discussion about what would we do when there is someone who isn’t motivated?

Unfortunately there are a lot of people who has an unproductive behavior. It is a real problem in business The reasons would be the followings: 1. They consistently miss meetings, 2. Or miss details, 3. They never come prepared to meetings, 4. They don’t answer emails or messages in a reasonable time or 5. They use discourteous or disrespectful language.

We worked in groups about which steps would we follow if we have this problem in our team? First of all, we would ask her/him about what are the areas / interests / tasks that she/he prefers. We would listen carefully to her/him in order to give responsibilities the most appropriate to the task she/he want to do. We would also have a meeting with the all team in order to distribute the tasks. If there were two or more people who want to do a certain task, they would share the responsibility of it. The main purpose is try to involve unmotivated people into the task and therefore into teamwork. If it didn’t work, we would explain to her/him the benefits of sharing tasks. If in this personal meeting she/he said she/he don’t want to do teamwork, then we would explain accurately the consequences. Even if this didn’t work, then we would give her/him a little task after reaching a consensus with the team.

After all the presentations were been done, the discussion was very interesting. In fact, this is a real problem that we have had every single day in our jobs. I agreed with Alejandro and Helena about it doesn’t matter if someone doesn’t want to do her/his job. The teamwork is the goal and all the team takes responsibility for the job. Sometimes the reason is she/he hasn’t the knowledge or the ability, sometimes the will.

On Wednesday, instead of Cards of the universe, we started with a TEDtalk video The Art of Misdirection. The discussion was related to what would we do in order to catch attention from audience? And we also reflected about smartphones and how they make us to lose a lot of opportunities. Silvia asked us about living 24 hours without them. It was funny because this day I forgot mine at home. I realized the phone was in the kitchen when we were 2 minutes from home, but I preferred not to come back and be all day without phone. In the way to the kinder garden, we (my husband and I) were talking about how was our life when we haven’t mobile phones. We remembered the way we met our friends in the corner near home, or on a park bench or even in a regular place we used to go.

Well, Silvia continued the class explaining to us the ideal way to follow when one of the members of the team doesn’t contribute to the chief aim. And the steps are: 1. Work on improving the team behavior of every team member. Do it not apart. 2. Participate in the process yourself, so that you are “leading by example”. 3. Most of people are lazy by nature, so looks for what this team member enjoys the most doing. Allow her/him to contribute through that part. 4. Remember to use deadlines and clarify instructions to follow. Most of the cases come from absence of ability not only motivation.

 To conclude this part, Silvia told us the sweetest victories come from winning against adversities. I totally agree with you!!!

Canada Geese Flying at Sunrise

We also talked about the reasons about geese use a V pattern to fly over huge distances. It is a good example for an effective team. Silvia gave us some tips about this kind of teams and while she was speaking I wish I would be part of a good team. Even more, I wish I would be their leader.

To finish the class, we played a game in groups in which we have to build a structure with spaghettis. At the top of it, a marshmallow has to be stand up for ten seconds. It was very funny. There was no winner…. We were little cheaters….

Comienzo de curso, comienzo de búsqueda

En septiembre comienza el curso para los escolares y también para los desempleados en búsqueda activa de empleo, en tránsito, o como queramos llamarlo. Es ahora cuando se me plantean muchas preguntas después de haber estado varias veces en esta situación……

¿Hay que preparar una entrevista de trabajo o simplemente hay que dejar que nuestro curriculum vitae hable por nosotros? ¿Es efectivo a estos efectos nuestro perfil en LinkedIn?¿De verdad tienen validez esas extrañas preguntas y pruebas que se incluyen habitualmente en los procesos de selección? ¿Cuál ha sido la entrevista de trabajo más rara que he tenido? ¿Estoy preparada para otra entrevista así? ¿Sufrí durante la misma? ¿Conseguí el empleo?

Y de la misma manera, al leer diferentes artículos, aparecen preguntas nuevas…. ¿Mentir en una entrevista de trabajo nos ayuda o nos pone en riesgo? ¿Estar nervioso delante de un entrevistador es positivo porque indica que estamos motivados? ¿O es negativo porque muestra que somos no tenemos autocontrol? 

En definitiva, de lo que se trata es de superar una entrevista de trabajo y prepararse para ello.  Gracias por la reflexión…. @Yoriento

¡En ello estoy!