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This week for me is the start of workload piling up. The week was filled with classes; tests and completing essays come after the other. As a result I was only able to make one of the meetings for our 300 team. As many of us will have to other academic commitments, I have a feeling that for the last few weeks, we will have difficulty having the whole team present during all three of our meeting each week. As a result of some members of our team not being present during our meetings, I feel like we have even more difficulty of being effective and efficient in our work. As each of us have specific individual roles, we have to realize that some of us we not be able to deliver for the team due to our commitments. For me, this week was my fault. I felt like I let the team down, as I was not able to come to the meeting and contribute towards the decisions we make as a team.

The reading “is your strategy flying blind?” is very interesting as it suggest that in the contemporary business world, a granular approach in running a business can prove to be more effective and precise. (Baghai, Smit, Viguerie, 2009). It suggests that having a detailed and precise data and information, can lead towards a more profitable organization. (Baghai, Smit, Viguerie, 2009). In terms of mikesbikes, I have to agree that that having this approach towards our analytical process could be beneficial.  As a team we usually look at the data to see how we have progressed in our market. But I believe that if we paid more attention to the smaller details, we could make more profit. At the beginning of this course I remember Peter saying that most groups have the same strategies…. But it’s how you execute them that make a difference. Before we make our decisions in the company, if we paid a bit more attention towards the details we could crate more profit and more revenue. 

But this is difficult for my team, as I believe that throughout the weeks ahead, not all of us will be able to attend our meeting. As a result it will be even more difficult to pay attention to the results, as there are less people. But in order to have a granular approach towards our work, we need our whole team and when we aren’t there, our team till is at a disadvantage as there will be less brain to work on our business. But I guess we have to be more supportive throughout the hard and difficult times. We could compromise our time for each other and help each other out by doing their bits for them if they are able to make the meetings. This week I let the team down as I was not able to lend my brain to the team and if I was there we possibly could have paid more attention to the details. But for me, from now I will be more supportive of my team, pay attention to the small details as they could make a difference, and I will also try my best to make it to the meetings.

Baghai, M., Smit, S., & Viguerie, P. (2009). Is your growth strategy flying blind? Harvard Business Review, 87(5), 86---96.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Review for Week09 Learning Journals

     

    Francis Kim

    I understand that your problem definition is that you are trying to figure out how your team could do better at Mike’s Bikes by analysing smaller details of data etc. but this doesn’t really relate to your introduction, as both paragraphs do not have related ideas. You need to relate the theory to your experiences and you have touched upon that in your second paragraph but the rest of the journal, especially the first paragraph, feels very disconnected from your problem definition.

    As I have said last time, you need to develop your ideas more and you have done that but go into further detail next time. This will easily allow you to follow Daudelin’s steps and also demonstrate high levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

    Furthermore last feedback I mentioned how you had ‘no theory to back up your argument’ and this time round you have used it some. Good work! Please reference properly though. E.g.

    ‘….can prove to be more effective and precise. (Baghai, Smit, Viguerie, 2009’

    Should be

    ‘…..can prove to be more effective and precise (Baghai, Smit & Viguerie, 2009).’

  2. Hi Francis!

    Its awesome to see how far you have come since week 4! i think you have effectively taken on my suggestions and probably everyone elses! In week 4 i asked you to link some readings you found relevant, whether this was from this week or not was up to you. Overall you have done that very effectively. I can now see you are using the readings to reflect on your own experiences and how they might be reflected within the readings. However you still might want to just build on this just slightly more as you only mentioned the readings once throughout the learning journal. For example you could of analyzed your issues further by perhaps including the other reading on analytics when you say you need to spend more time analysing the smaller details, perhaps you could of suggested how analytics could help you using ideas from the reading?

    Another one of my suggestions from week 4 is that i felt you needed more detail in the second half of Daudelins steps. I feel like again you have worked at this by stating that to fix your problem of lack of commitment that you will re-arrange your commitments so you can make the meetings this week. I feel like you have analysed this potential solution sufficiently and have stated you will put this action into plan.

    Overall since week 4 i think you have really taken on board everyones suggestions which is great to see! Goodluck with the rest of the course (smile)