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Having just completed the first rollover in the Mikes Bikes simulation yesterday, it is fair to say that things are well and truly underway in the Management 300 course now. I found the readings this week very relevant to the group work I experienced this week. After reading through this week’s readings and thinking about how my team had strived to be successful it led me to reflect (Daudelin, M. W., 1996) back on the relations within my group.

Throughout my life I have been involved in various sports teams and through some of these experiences it was clear that some leaders believed in an achievement motivation where by the team were united by the successes they achieved, and the leaders led by example. However the readings have made it clear to me that this is not always the most effective leadership style. Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006) gives sufficient evidence that ‘achievement’ motivated leaders are 42% more likely to create a neutral or demotivating work climate as opposed to leaders that focus more so on ‘affiliation’. This particular section of the reading stuck with me as it highlighted the importance of a team not just performing well together, but ensuring there are good relationships between the members of the team and that there is an element of trust among team members. This made me realise that there are often other important factors to focus on in team work other than just what is achieved.

In the remaining week of the mikes bikes simulation, after reading this week’s readings, I have a deeper understanding of how to effectively work in teams. I believe this weeks readings have changed the ideas I held in my mind about what good leadership in teams is, and has allowed me to see that  following and collaboration is also equally important in team environments to achieve a successful outcome (Kelley, R. E., 1988)

 

 

Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflectionOrganizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36—48

Kelley, R. E. (1988). In praise of followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142--148

Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L. (2006). Leadership run amok. Harvard Business Review, 84(6), 72--82

2 Comments

  1. Hi Fraser,

    Well done on completing a nicely written learning journal. You did a good job in relating the readings back to past experiences and stating how you will then use the knowledge you have gained in the future. This allowed you to identify the relationship between the learning outcomes and how they are being applied throughout the course. I also liked that you linked back to other concepts that have been taught in previous weeks.

    You could maybe strengthen the journal by further expanding on the point that was made about different leadership styles. Why where 42% of achievement orientated leaders creating a demotivating work environment? By adding this detail it may help to further explain the conclusions you made with regard to teams.

    Despite this, your learning journal was a very good read and you made some interesting and helpful points in relation to how to work within a team (thumbs up).  

  2. I enjoyed reading your journal, it was a well written reflection.  I can notice that you were really engaged with the reading resources for this week. Your entry was very descriptive in terms of exemplifying this week events and your experiences. 

    In terms of things that you could improve, it would be nice if next time you develop your reflections and ideas into a deeper level. i.e more on your personal experiences and interactions during the week. 

    However, it was nice to read your journal, looks like by the end of this course, your reflective journals will be more and more interesting to read.