The time has now come for me to write my final reflection for Management 300, what a ride it has been! I have found this paper an interesting one, nothing like any other paper I have taken at the University of Auckland. I am finding myself asking a few questions of myself now that the course is in its final stages. What have I learned from the paper? How can I apply these skills to my future? The layout of this course was foreign to me, with no lectures and no formal structure at all really. However I believe it worked, it enabled the teams to be able to hold meetings, plan and operate in whatever way they saw fit. It gave us the opportunity to take responsibility for ourselves and our own learning without the guiding of a lecturer. It was through completing the readings each week that I started to understand what the course was all about, I believe it was the readings that added the depth and insight into situations we may face within our groups and how to handle these situations. I believe the goal of the course was to ensure you take away what you have learnt in the readings and through operating in your teams and apply to your own life experiences and therefore learn to become more successful as a person.
One of the main things I feel that this course has taught me is the importance of setting goals and allocating my time and energy in the most efficient manor on the things that I want to achieve as stated by the Christensen (2010) article. Alongside this I feel that the reflections have allowed me to see where I went wrong in my group work, and then be able to reflect on this and learn from my mistakes (Daudelin, 1996). I believe this is the most significant skill the Management 300 course has to offer. I believe this because as shown by Argyris (1991) the best way to improve is to critique yourself and take constructive criticism from others. Therefore, with my new found skill of being able to look back on my decisions, accomplishments and failures I will be able to critique where I went wrong, and ensure I take a proactive stance to ensure I do the best to improve and prevent that from happening again.
The thing I am most happy about, with regards to this course, is that my team managed to overcome the stereotype Peter Smith put on us. As a group that consists of 6 boys, Peter’s initial predictions of us were that we would be more inclined to gamble, and would most likely end up with a lower shareholder value because of this. My team however did the exact opposite. We played it wise and made safer investments, and other than one week’s minor hiccup we have been consistently increasing our shareholder value weekly.
I must say, overall it has been a unique experience in management 300, an experience that cannot be replicated by any other course. But this meads me back to my earlier point of what I can take from this course. In order to be successful in life and with my future career I will need to ensure I stay focused on the goals I outline myself, as well as maintaining the ability to learn through reflection and take constructive criticism from others.
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Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.
Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36—48.
Davenport, T. H. (2006). Competing on analytics. Harvard Business Review, 84(1), 98--107.