I write this last journal with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am ecstatic that it is nearing the end of the course, on the other hand, this means no more Mikes Bikes and up above all, I am surely going to miss my team members. My experiences have been largely influenced by being graced with an amazing group to work with thus the problems we faced were minimal. There was always hype when we met, talking about life and getting down to business with Mikes Bikes. This week unfortunately I was sick and was unable to attend our group meeting however; they were very understanding and kept me in the loop with what was going on. Thanks for being an awesome team!
Greiner (1972) stated that centralised procedures hold back organisations from expansion into new markets. I thought of this not only in a business context but, if an individual is so closed minded, they can miss opportunities to grow. Some organisations are stuck with the “this is how we have always done it therefore we will continue to do so” mentality. In light of Mike’s Bikes, if we were trapped in that mind-set and kept on doing what we did when we first started, despite our results, we would have done poorly. As Greiner (1972) said, history is important, from it we learn from our past to help with future successes. What can be unhealthy are organisations that are stuck in the past within an environment that is constantly moving into the future. Like I said above, if we kept on doing what we did when we started, despite our results, we would have done poorly however, after each roll over we analysed our results and past decisions enabling us to make better ones for the next roll over. Consequently underlining Greiner’s (1972) point “the future of an organization may be less determined by outside forces than it is by the organisation's history” (p38).
I really enjoyed reading Christensen’s (2010) article. He was very truthful and shared about his life. He emphasised that one should not tell someone what to think rather teach them how to think and to an extent, that concept was executed through Mike’s Bikes. We were given the roles and tools to think for ourselves as a team, making our own decisions and learning as we went. The end of this article left me thinking a lot. Sometimes, it takes something like being diagnosed with cancer to really reflect on our lives but fortunately for most of us, we can learn from other peoples experiences and ask the questions now “how will I measure my life?”, “What really is important?” I am left pondering on these big questions that I am yet to answer.
So, from this course I can gladly say I have learnt quite a lot but primarily, the importance of these journals and how much I am able to learn by reflecting therefore improve my problem solving skills leading to better future decisions. I hope that in the future I can look back and see how this experience has helped me.
Good luck to everyone for the double roll over and summative journal!
Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations grow. Harvard Business Review, 50(4), 37--46.
Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.