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We have made it folks!! It is almost the end of semester and I know that we are all ready to go home and pretend that MikeBikes works in our favor. But it doesn't, well not for my team that is. This system is so vast and interesting, yet I think I have more of a chance understanding aliens than the market in Mikes Bikes. You can consider so many options, yet either they aren't options available to your disposal, or the system hasn't considered a factor. For example, we have invested what SmartSims suggested into marketing in the places that they suggested, although we are still yet to see movement on our shareholder value. I'm sure that there is something we can do, but looking back on when I first started this paper, I can recognize so many more complexities than when I first reviewed the software. The development that has taken place has truly shaped the way that I assess businesses, I always thought that I had quite a strong grasp on the systems of a workplace, and working in Sales for a National company I would have assumed would have provided insight into the way that the system works, however still there are so many mysteries.

Christiensen (2010) really talked to me this week as I worked over the way that I now perceived MikeBikes compared to the first week. He discusses the way that we compare our happiness now to what we may be doing in the future, and with business ideally being a field that I am predominantly based in, I found this reading insightful and comparable to the way that my team and myself interact. The way that we perform business is in a  friendly yet professional manner. All opinions are always considered and decisions are informed, this is how I intend on a happy work place to be, a place where with combined information, you can make a successful thriving team. However thriving is not what we were, we did not economically grow as a company, though as Grenier (1972) explains, there are times where companies fall, and that is simply growth. The growth that my team and I have done through our failures and opportunities could never be compared to if we had been completely successful throughout the course. He explains that growth and development shape companies and teams, which is something I feel is very true. With time our team has shaped from an awkward bunch of people who were confused and nervous about the system to a group who is aware of MikesBikes programming, how the software works (mostly) and a team who has made mistakes yet learnt from them, therefore influencing development . Even as his Exhibit II explains, there will be crisis before the end, and to be fair, I think that if we had more rollovers, we would see the development and success follow in the trail of our social success as a team.

The gains and declines have only informed our company of more things to look out for, therefore we are more knowledgeable and better equipped for downfalls, but the fact that we have still been a positive team, we haven't turned against one another, and no blame gets laid at the wrong feet, therefore we are a successful company by perusing happiness and growth opposed to pressure and superficial reward. For what Christiensen looks for in happiness from your workplace, I would say that by his standards, we have certainly achieved happiness as a group, there are always issues to avoid, but the issues that we have faced have been enough to change our perception on the program, however we are still positive. Its about attitude, humility and consideration as he explains, and it seems that with this behavior, we are well on our way to a positive work environment

 

Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations growHarvard Business Review, 50(4), 37--46.

Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.

 

3 Comments

  1. Review for Week10 Learning Journals

    Katy Kohut

    First of all I would like to say that this journal was the best journal I have read of yours so far! You have improved so much, well done Katy! (smile)

    You have followed Daudelin’s processes very well as there is a clear problem definition, which in turn makes the rest of your journal flow very well.

    You have demonstrated some of Bloom’s Taxonomy (application) but maybe try questioning the theory too. For example you could use a real life example that contradicts on of the theorists. This will help you demonstrate higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

    The writing quality was excellent, very easy and interesting to read. Minor referencing errors ‘Christiensen looks for in happiness from your workplace’ should be ‘Christiensen (2010) looks for in happiness from your workplace’ but overall very well done.

    Good luck for the rest of your semester and have a good holiday! :D   

  2. Hi Katy,

    Your journal has been written very well and was an enjoyable read.  You have mastered Daudelin's processes and have allowed yourself to talk your way through the problem and how you resolved this in order to allow your learning process to shine through.  

    My main critique is that you being at the beginning of your journal by directing the problem directly to yourself, but at the end of your journal you relate it back to your team and how your team have resolved the problem.  To improve your learning journal and to make it clear how the learning factor directly affected you it may prove more useful to use "I" instead of "we".  

    Otherwise the writing of this journal was excellent and wish you luck for the rest of the semester (smile)

  3. Hi Katy,

    • I agree with some of the faults you raise with the simulation. Working for a sales company you think you would be able to use some of your experience. At the start of the simulation I questioned why we couldn't sell outside the bubbles on the perceptual map as in real life you could market your product and create demand. But I guess this has taught us to focus on certain areas such as fighting for a limited number of sales in a market place so we have learnt different skills.
    • I don't think saying "Christiensen (2010) really talked to me this week" was the correct thing to say... Perhaps instead say "This week I related to Christiensen's (2010) article..." etc. Make it more formal.
    • Good point about growth and development shaping companies and teams as I feel many groups only feel satisfied when they are doing well or winning. I like how you point out "the fact that we have still been a positive team, we haven't turned against one another, and no blame gets laid at the wrong feet, therefore we are a successful company" shows how you are relating your experiences to the readings which allows more in depth reflections. 

    Otherwise it was a well written journal and good luck for the rest of the semester.

    Tim