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What an exciting way to end the week! With the way in which my team have progressed in terms of Mikes Bikes and our strategy, everything is working well in our favour.

“Managers learning from normal work experiences” (Davies & Easterby-Smith, 1984). I think this really is how we learn best, through experiences. Again, this learning from our experiences comes from us reflecting. With this course, we are not sitting down listening to a lecturer explain a whole bunch of theories that we may never use in our life but it is more hands on. We are given the opportunity to learn skills through working with Mikes Bikes and with one another, feeding off the knowledge of one another therefore adding to our own pool of expertise.  I have heard that “formal management training ever gets used at all” (Davies & Easterby-Smith, 1984) so many times and to an extent think it is true, as I mentioned above we are more likely to learn through experience. Not just having set structures for all to follow but allowing managers to experience through new situations. Most of us entered into this course not knowing a lot about Mikes Bikes or even how our teams would be however we are learning with our practices and involvement with it. A developing culture should exist within organisations as, what worked five years ago may not work now and, what works now may not work in the future and so on thus cultivating an environment that places an emphasis on not only learning and but development.

I liked the purpose of Katz (1955) paper, “suggesting a more useful approach to the selection and development of administrators. I find this being executed in my team. We work with each other’s strengths rather than becoming absorbed in finding certain traits, identifying skills a person already has and using it. Just a change of mind-set to provoke thinking about “what a person can do rather than what he is” (Katz, 1955) can make a huge difference in overall performance. The three basic skills that are stated: technical, human and conceptual are not complicated but reasonably realistic goals that are achievable. This reading has motivated me to work on these three areas personally because I think that they not only apply to effective administration but are transferrable in various other areas.

 

References:

Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiencesJournal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x

Katz, R. L. (1955). Skills of an effective administratorHarvard Business Review, 33(1), 33--42.

2 Comments

  1. This journal feels a bit contrived.

    You have done a good job describing the theories and your current situation but I couldn't see how they really impacted (or there in lack of) your way of thinking. At this stage, as a reader, it feels as thought you have covered the requirements on a superficial level rather than taking the time to fully explore the contents.

    You can improve by expanding upon the correlations between the theory and your experiences by shedding light into your thought processes as well as explaining how the theories have affected you on a deeper level.

  2. Hi there,

    Your journal doesn’t really seem to follow much of the guidelines offered by Daudlin. In order to reflect effectively and thus learn, I have come to realize we really need to follow some sort of structure rather than just giving a stream of consciousness. This I feel would offer more insightful content for your journal.

    You comment on the progression your team has made, but what progression is this? Why is everything working well? We learn from experiences, but what experiences are you reflecting on ? Answering questions like these, will allow you to move to the higher stages on blooms taxonomy. You clearly have knowledge of the readings but learning to comprehend what this means for you and how you can apply it will enable deeper insights into what you have learnt.

    In terms of the quality of your journal, your overall writing style is easy to follow and as far as I can tell there are no obvious grammatical errors. However, I feel it is necessary to point out that you may need to have a double check at your referencing. We are required to use the APA format so when referencing a direct quote, one really should include the page number the quote was from. Just something little, but it may let you down in your summative journal.

    Best of luck.