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 http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=129192448&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review, 85(10), 63–73. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=26555015&site=ehost-live&scope=site