As another week of MikesBikes is about to end, I will use Daudelin’s four stages of reflection to describe the journey of this week:
1. Articulation of a problem: It’s not a secret that we have one of the lowest SHV’s and that isn’t going to be changing anytime soon considering the type of strategies we have. Though we took Peter’s advice as suggested in my pervious journal, this week again didn’t work out well and our SHV decreased slightly. Something I feel may play a part in this is that we don’t have a designated person telling each person to do their designated jobs, rather a collaborative team. Have an administrator with a three-skill approach as suggested by Katz (2000) would have been beneficial.
2. Analysis of the problem: Working in a group is a great, its collaborative, engaging and there are a lot more ideas that when formulating strategies and considering advice from others by yourself. The three-skill approach which includes the technical, human and conceptual skill would mean translating the knowledge into action (Katz, 2008), thus would have been very beneficial as we now lack that in a group as no single person is responsible, or has more experience in simulations.
3. Formulation and testing of a tentative theory to explain the problem: Moving onto the next few weeks remaining, it would be difficult to designate an administrator as it may ruin the engaging group work we have and cause more problems for our SHV. I as CEO and CFO could try to manage the decisions more, gathering opinions and suggestions to filtering them out and recommend what I believe may be the best ones.
4. Action/deciding whether to act: In the next group meeting I think I might suggest for everyone to take on a bit more of their designated roles and thus execute mine without the others feeling as if I am overpowering them and hopefully it does not affect our SHV.
Katz, R. L. (1974). Skills of an effective administrator. Harvard Business Review, 52(5), 90–102. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=3867195&site=ehost-live&scope=site