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This week’s teamwork and the rollover have been very interesting and incorporating the week’s readings to this week’s rollover, have shed some light to how our team could improve and how we can become a more effective and efficient team.

The theories of single loop and double loop learning coined by Chris Argyris have made me realize, that maybe taking on a different view on our goals or even creating new goals just might solve our problems and might even help us reach our goals. (Argyris, 1991). Single loop learning can be defined as a learning method where in an organization, people learn and try reaching their goals in an unchallenged environment. (Argyris, 1991).  Whereas double loop learning is when people in organizations challenge themselves and the organization and reflect on what needs to be change in order to improve and reach their goals. (r Argyris, 1991). The fact that I am reflecting upon my team instead of my individual learning process, this will benefit me more in terms of progressing in the course compared to previous weeks.

This weeks readings have really opened up my mind on how we could improve and solve our problem. For the past few weeks the problem that I have had with my team is that we have become too comfortable with each other. Even to the point where we had some of our meetings at shadows while having food and playing pool. We have become good friends and we are comfortable with where we are in terms of our SHV and our strategy. We have become so comfortable and non-complacent with each other, because of this our team has lost its flare. In order to maintain the dynamic flare in our team, we need to bring our different perspectives to the table in see which method will be the best suited for our next move. But as we have become friends, our beliefs have become interconnected. In a way this can be seen as a good thing, as we have no conflict with each other. But I see this as a problem and an issue as we have become way too comfortable in our team and we aren’t really trying to make improvements anymore.

This week readings have made me realize that there could be improvements to our group in order to reach our goals. Our current moral of the team feels like we correlate with single loop learning. But the readings have taught me that if we reflect on ourselves and reflect on our team’s situation we could possibly improve on our team’s ‘comfortable situation’. I believe that our current organizational culture of being non-complacent, has resulted in ‘blocked learning. (Synnott, 2013). A possible solution is that, we could discuss our team culture and morals and see if we can change it. And work on ways we could change it in order to possibly change our goals and to reach them.

Reflecting on this week’s experience and the reading has allowed me to identify the underlying problems of my team and has allowed me to try to come up with ways on how we could overcome our problem. I believe that the most suitable solution to our problem would be that we could discus this problem as a team and see if we can formulate and come up with new goals. Communicating with each other would create new goals for our business and in end will hopefully change the culture of our team.

 

References:

Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4—15

Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2. Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950

2 Comments

  1. Hi Francis,

    Overall this is a very well thought out reflection. I feel like you have thoroughly analysed the current situation you are in providing a theory for your stunted growth and improvements. I like how you have fully integrated this weeks readings in your reflection, adding additional personal  insight and input. Your realisation and self-acknowledgement that you have become too comfortable with your group and are currently in a state of 'blocked learning' is a great first step to creating positive change and movement towards double loop learning. I would love to hear you further develop how you plan to achieve this double loop learning.

    Good luck!

  2. Hi Francis,

    I very enjoyed reading your journal. I like how you firstly discussed Argyris' theory relating your individual experience and then expand it further to the problems with the team.  It is always very hard to keep the boundary between 'friend' and 'co-worker' when it come to teamwork. Moreover, I'm pleased to see how you interpreted double loop learning process into the solution. Overall, I think you have used Daudelin's guideline carefully and correctly and it is well-structured journal where I found easy to follow when reading.

    All the best Francis! (smile)