Trying to learn from mistakes was a key focus for my group this week. The importance of reflection and critiquing individual and group performance was highlighted this week not only in the reading, but also in a practical sense as we started to see how exactly we were making mistakes and why. After this weeks rollover, we didn't reach our goals in terms of what we wanted to see by the end of the year. This meant that we were facing a level of frustration and disappointment which stemmed from the fact that we thought we had reached a really high level of understanding of mikes bikes, throughout tacit knowledge and also just being really focussed on improving not only our shareholder value and profit, but also our sense of team cohesion. We were also disappointed, because although we knew the risk and potential consequences of taking risks, but maybe we thought we worked hard enough for some good results. Maybe a more positive approach to learning will help us to raise our spirits next week. This weeks reading suggests a few things of interest to me. The first being the fact that people are singling out effective learning as just problem solving. For me, this means that instead of just trying to correct the behaviour, to look inward to why the problem existed. Maybe we could try this as a more effective way of learning from mistakes. Another is that maybe we could have an honest group discussion about individual and group performance in order to have a better functioning team, and a better insight as to how we can achieve better. (Argyris, 1991).
On another note, an extra challenge I faced this week was the fact that I am in France right now and not in class each day. I did tell my group I would be available on Facebook but maybe felt like I did not contribute enough to the group and feel a bit guilty like I let them down. Despite this, I know that we need to work really hard to get back on track.
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15