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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 learnReflections, 4(2), 4--15


  1. Hey Lauren,

    I thought this was a good reflection and I can see you followed Daudelins guidelines for reflection. I thought the writing quality was good, but to make a possible recommendation, I think you may find it adds clarity if you structure it in paragraphs that reflect each stage of reflection. I agree with your suggestion that the team should not just be looking to address the immediate issue, whether that be a lack of sales or whatever, but the fundamental cause of the issue to begin with. I think that combined with what you called an 'honest group discussion,' will be the best way forward for the disappointing results you described. This consciousness that you have displayed highlights that you are certainly reaching those higher levels of learning. Perhaps to go even higher, you may wish to look at the challenges of having a 'honest group meeting', for example. 

    All up, I thought it was a good reflection and you are on the right track (smile)

  2. Hey Lauren,

    It's always hard with group projects trying to get everyone together at the same time, so don't feel guilty for being in France! Now that we're all here this week and we're probably a bit more motivated to see some results I'm sure we'll all put the extra effort in so that we do see them. 

    As for the learning journal, you've done well to recognise and analyse the problem and you've also begun formulating theories to explain the problem. The next step in Daudelin's framework will be to test the theory, which hopefully we'll be doing this week. You make a good point about looking at the big picture when trying to figure out the solution to the problem. Reflecting on how you will do that this rollover in the next journal will likely take you further in Daudelin's framework. Good luck.