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During the second and third weeks of Management 300, I was placed into a team of 6 and allocated the CFO position. The first practice roll over was completed and it enabled our team to have a better understanding of what was required for everyone for the remaining weeks.

I think The main takeaway from experiencing the first roll over is working together as a team, rather than individuals. One of the problems I noticed early on was that although we understood the clear need of getting a high share value to beat the other companies, we weren't working together effectively to achieve this. Instead of delegating tasks to the best person for the job, we were more inclined to hunch around one computer screen and let our CEO do most of the thinking and talking. This resulted in our team being the last to leave the computer labs on both the second and third week due to ineffective time management. Our situation closely resembles a potential team, one that has a common performance need, however individuals lack common purpose and goals. (Oakley, Felder, Brent & Elhajj, 2004). Therefore, in order to achieve a more effective team performance, we must start to delegate technical and functional expertise to individuals, and then communicate and challenge each others work to achieve results.

Regarding my own experience, there have been some times when working with the group in the labs that I have struggled to contribute due to not understanding what my team members are talking about. I believe that for me to contribute more effectively as a team member I should come to each lab session prepared by working to improve myself with the mikes bikes simulation and commit myself to showing up to each meeting and contributing my ideas (Kelley, 1988)


References:

Oakley, B., Brent, R., Felder, R. M., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of Student Centered Learning, 2(1), 9-34.

Kelley, R. E. (1988). In Praise of Followers. Harvard Business Review66(6), 142–148. 

2 Comments

  1. Hey Nick,

    I like how you used Daudelin's self reflection process throughout your entire journal, by describing the problem you then analyzed it and formulated an explanation as well as a way to solve the problem. I think our teams efficiency is hindering us the most and definitely agree it is something we need to solve as soon as possible.

    I also like how you reflected on yourself as an individual member of the team and related it back to how it may be affecting the main problem you've identified, not understanding what the rest of the team is talking about sometimes is something I can definitely understand and I completely agree with your solution of working to improve yourself in order to be of more help and ultimately increase our teams efficiency.

     


  2. Hey Nick,

    I definitely appreciate the critical stance you take in this learning journal of the performance shown in the team thus far. Also, Identifying areas for you to personally improve on is an important aspect to make sure you are able to contribute as effective as possible.

    I think you could improve your journal by engaging on a deeper level with the readings, which would allow you to analyse specific aspects of what could be improved and most importantly how. I also would argue that you should use the readings to identify learning and development goals for yourself, making it easier for you to achieve progress and at the end of the semester write your summative learning journal.