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At the beginning of the mikesbikes simulations, I thought that this course and the simulations I thought that this course was going to be difficult… I had no idea on how difficult this course would be. When I was first appointed the role of HR, my initial thoughts was that I had no idea on what I had to do in this appointed role. In a sense, I still am learning how to do this job. Every week we are faced with different challenges as the market because of our decisions and our competitor’s decisions. As I am a apart of the team, it is my responsibility to make sure that our company develops and flourishes into a successful business. But this has been very difficult to achieve, as there are many challenges that we have faced and will have to face for the remainder of the semester. 

In the reading Davis and smith, they suggest that there is a difference from learning and developing. (Davies, Easterby-Smith, 1984). The reading suggests that learning is the process of training the knowledge of the skills of the trade that the manager can pick up over the years of being in the appointed role. (Davies, Easterby-Smith, 1984).. Developing is the manager “acquiring greater general competence and capacity.” (Davies, Easterby-Smith, 1984). To some manager, developing could be linked with managers getting promotions and developing their career. But this does not apply to our simulations and me as we cannot get promoted.

When I was appointed as HR, I believed that learning everything about my role was key, if we needed to make adjustments in our company in terms of anything to do with HR the team would be coming to me for advice and recommendations. At the beginning, I believe that I was good help to my team as I provided my team with the knowledge that I knew. But throughout the weeks I started to believe that I was a bit over my head. This is because I thought I knew everything about HR and my role as I learnt the skill of the trade. But my mistake was that I did not develop those skills further and did not take into account the fact that every week the situation of our market and our company was different. I should have monitored the situation better and developed my skill more in order to stay on to of the situation our company is in. Because I did not develop I believe that I am partially responsible for the situation our company is in. If I developed my skills more and more throughout the weeks, instead of thinking that what I learnt was sufficient enough, maybe we would be in a different and better situation.  I cannot change the mistakes that we have made, so the only thing that we can do now is improve and I believe that I can improve the HR side of our company if I develop my skills more and more so we are ready for whatever situation we are put in for the weeks ahead.  

References

Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiences. Journal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x

2 Comments

  1. As a fellow HR manager for my Mikesbikes team, it was really interesting learning about the challenges you've faced - which turned out to be very similar to my own! To help make this journal a bit better, proof reading would have helped in order to help create consistent tense as well as the right use of plurals. Your second paragraph included some good references for Davies and Easterby-Smith. These references would have been more effective however if the thoughts from your final two sentences in that paragraph were developed a little further into how you can learn and develop/how that can help your team in the future in relation to what you learnt. 

    You successfully recognized the problem you faced in not acquiring enough knowledge on Mikesbikes. This argument could have been supported by Katz definition of technical skill from the second reading for the week. By using that reading you could back up your findings (that you found regardless) with good sources of information that backed up your theory. Despite not quite using references as well as you could have, you displayed the ability to reflect on your learning for the week and successfully recognised what you need to work on in the future. 

  2. You have written an interesting journal, as you have identified an ongoing issue that many, if not all, roles would be experiencing within the MikesBikes simulation. Personally, I can relate to this problem, as I feel like there is always something to learn about the simulation, resulting in a never-ending journey of continuous learning. By using the relevant concepts from Davies and Easterby-Smith to support and explain the problem, you have added depth to your journal and shown your ability to analyse a problem with theoretical frameworks whilst following Daudelin's structure. However, I am unsure whether you have provided a clear action to be taken from this. In your last paragraph, I feel you could have further elaborated on how you can change your behaviour in order to remedy the challenge you faced for the week and complete the reflection/learning process. You provided a rather vague action to "develop your skills more and more". Here, it would have been useful to explain how you planned to go about this. For example, by seeking advice from fellow class mates and/or team members, asking Peter to clarify what your role entails and how to manage certain aspects of it, or simply reading the advanced manual and applying it to your own experience. Otherwise keep up the good work and good luck with the simulation!