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By this third rollover my team and I have gotten very used to our roles, you could even say we have become set in a decision making cycle. Each person analyses their area in Mike Bikes and looks at competitor’s actions, then we all convene at the Thursday meeting and enter the figures.  Every week we alter the decisions slightly to suit the market and competitors, but so far it hasn’t seemed to deliver the high SHV we desire though.

 

This rollover proved we aren’t where we wish we would be and I feel it’s time to make a change and learn how to play the game better. In the reading by Chris Argyris of ‘Teaching smart people to Learn’ he states how ‘ The common assumption is that getting people to learn is largely a matter of motivation’ (p. 4). Well that gets me thinking as each member of our team should be focused on learning, yet personally I admit I haven’t been feeling motivated as I should have been, towards this course. I think my team mates would agree that lack of motivation is a problem for all of us because we all have 3 other papers and sometimes we can’t put Mikes Bikes first.

 

Argyris then went on to say that when people ‘have the right attitudes and commitment, learning automatically follows’, (p. 4), and incorporating shared culture and incentives helps performance. I feel that this is exactly what we as a group. Our aim should be to understand the need for more motivation. By increasing our motivation we should be more eager to learn and think of out side the square strategies to improve our position in the market. We have had time to learn the ropes now it’s time to really perform. I hope we are able to enter next week with fresh eyes and see how well we can do if only we have a bit more motivation.

 

 

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

3 Comments

  1. Hi Jade,

    There are definitely a lot of good ideas in here and it was interesting hearing your ideas on how our team is going. I also like how you have related the readings to your own experiences in the last paragraph.

    Your structure was mainly clear with the problem being our team being unable to reach a high SHV. However i believe you could of deeper analyzed the problem than what you have done so. For example you say the problem is occurring because of lack of motivation. You could further develop this by offering other ideas on why motivation is not that high and also perhaps by offering other ideas as to why your problem is occurring besides from motivation?

    You could of also improved the testing of the hypothesis and deciding on an action steps to have a more meaningful analysis. You could possibly do this by offering alternative hypotheses to solving your problem or maybe just further stating the ways in which you could improve motivation? You could use the readings to find some potential ways to solve your problems as well.

    Overall, like myself, i feel like here is just a need for you to further delve deeper into some of the ideas you have mentioned.  This will hopefully mean you will be more reflective of not only the readings but also of your own experiences from our team and from Mikes Bikes.

    See you tomorrow (smile)

     

    1. Thanks for the feedback mars!

  2. Hey Jade, I agree wholeheartedly with what you have said, its a combination of motivation and a 'she will be right' attitude. I can feel this pull in the team, especially with so many more assignments and classes that seem to b stealing the time, concentration and motivation from the team. Obvoiusly our SHV  has been taking quite a few hits recently and I can see from everyone elses readings and responses that it is time to really understand what we want to bring to this simulation as individuals and as a team, and to critically analyse our previous decisions, our strategic plan and how we fundamentally approach the simulation. 

    I hope that we can all bring this attitude to the next several meetings to reexamine our roles and give feedback regarding our roles and the teams position. You showed good understanding of these problems as well in your text and as for actionable outcomes, that will be decided in the following team meetings. 

    Great Job.