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Articulate Problem

As we approach the end of the simulation, I am starting to get a little nervous. My group hasn't increased our SHV since being bailed out of insolvency and being acquired. Many factors may be attributed to the bad performance of our team throughout the simulation. However, this week, the main problem we faced was the lack of energy and understanding to work collectively.

Analysis of the Problem

As I reflect on this week’s collaborations, I noticed that the team members were feeling down as we didn't perform well in last week's turnover. Majority of the conversations we had were talking about the negatives aspects going on and didn't recognise the areas we were doing well. This created a bad vibe throughout the meeting. Additionally, our team members were rather closed off and less engaged with discussions in comparison to other weeks.

Formulation and testing of a tentative theory to explain the problem

I believe the main reason for this problem was because we haven't indeed recognised the strengths and weaknesses of each team member. Brooks (2018), explains that for a team to be effective, you must understand the strengths of the people you work alongside. This resonates with our group as we don't fully understand the potential within our group. This has led to ineffective decisions and lack of cohesiveness. Schwartz (2007) argues that when people recognise the value of the cause that is when a change in effectiveness and satisfaction occurs. In the context of our group, we limited our ability to communicate, and this affected the learning process from last week. 


Because of the problem at hand, the best course of action would be for my team to come back next week in a mind-set ready to achieve.  Additionally, prepared to ask and answer difficult questions, and this will allow better dialogue and cohesiveness within the group. Which will hopefully lead to more productive and effective teamwork.


Brooks, A. W., & John, L. K. (2018). The Surprising Power of Questions. Harvard Business Review, 96(3), 60–67. Retrieved from


Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review85(10), 63–73. Retrieved from



  1. hi dear, 

    good job for this week journal!

    i'm glad that this week i can review my team member's journal.  you have a good analysis for our team situation. we should find our main problem about why our company hasn't increased our SHV. I know there's something wrong with me. As you said, In the next week the best course of action would be for my team to come back next week in a mind-set ready to achieve.  i will do my best to make sure our company can getting better! 

    have a good weekend


  2. Hi Tama,
    I think you did a great job with your journal again. The problem you identified was clear and I thought your analysis and explanation were also descriptive and good in reflecting about your identified issue. One thing I noticed is that the problem you identified was more about your group and your other team members too; and you didn't talk much about yourself personally. I think it might be helpful to assess what you think you did well / not well and how could you do better next time; in order to allow yourself to improve. Or maybe just reflect a little bit more on what have you personally learnt this past week, given your problem. All in all I thought this was a great journal, easy to follow, and with a very clear structure. Good luck to you (and us) :) in the next weeks!