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At the end of the finishing line of Mikesbikes, I have finally touch learning, understand and know what it is like to feel that I've learnt something. This week's rollover result was not surprising, the rollover result had really reflect our decision making as a team and the outcome of working cooperatively. In the previous entries and most of my learning journals I have been critical to reflect and identify problems and come up with solutions, demonstrates that I know what the problem was and the solution to fix it. Yet, problems kept coming back.  I've noticed in the majority of my learning journal was lacking change. These entries had reflect that I were so focused on my perspective and my ability to persuade myself and my team and even my readers to echo with my idea. It may appears that there is nothing wrong with identifying a problem and to solve it, but it's inefficient when the same method and same process occurs and nurtures occurring problems. That leads to a limitation on a process to change. 
This entry for this week will reflect upon the outcome of a change, which is creating a culture for team cooperation (Christensen, 2010).

I have previously discussed the problem I found in stopping my team to achieve a better result was a lack of conceptual skill. And the solution was to become more collective, through communication and pay more attention to details and the perspective of another member. I suggested a selective strategy to choose our decision based on an election, we wrote down decisions and reasons behind the decisions down and list a several different sets of these decisions and provided a further simple analysis on the side, then we vote for a decision. This was something we have not done before, something that is collaborative and creative,  and something involves cooperation as a team. Instead of an usual one person perpetrating their opinion and idea and 'penetrate' it onto everyone else, we are now addressing issues as a team. This whole idea of moving into an unspoken way of dealing with problems, where everyone felt inclusive, participating and to secure cooperation (Christense, 2010).

Personally, I feel this is a powerful management tool, we are intrinsically to want to feel involved, want our opinions to be heard, thus, to build a culture that implicitly directs us to be collective and collaborative is essential. From now on, without any explicit notice, we can form decision through this process, changes our old individual habit and to work cooperatively. 

This whole idea of moving from individual to collective is a change. A change that should be made long ago, but as long as we make this change, it will benefit us and further our chances to achieve our goals.

 

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 reflectionOrganizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36--48

 

4 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed reading this last reflective journal, it was very reminiscent and a great way to finish off the course. it was great to see you referred back to the Daudelin article. i think it would have been beneficial to address the other reading you have referenced a bit more, the other reading to me was quite stimulating and if you have free time you should read it. it allows you to think about your life purpose and goals for the future. the other reading Peter gave us was also quite informative.
    However it does seem as if you have addressed your problems and thought out solutions to them, and have readdressed your journals and feedback to try and improve this last journal which is brilliant to see. It also appears that you have learnt something from mikes bikes, group work and your journals, the readings and peer reviews and have incorporated all of these factors and experiences into this last journal. This is a positive way to finish the course.  
    For future essays you just need to proofread or get someone else to, there are some spelling and grammar issues, similar to your previous journal.

    Good luck for the future and for the last rollover (smile)

  2. Wow Caitlin, I think that your team's idea to vote on decisions was a really innovative one. It reminds me of employee owned firms (also called cooperatives) where every employee has a vote in certain decisions, (Fat Tire Brewery in the US for example). You identified a problem that I think is very common, where one person feels passionately about an issue and advocates for their position without really considering the ideas of others. The problem is that often people don't have an equal voice in such a setting because some people are able to speak 'louder' than other people. By switching to a more democratic process you were able to ensure that everyone had an equal voice in the decision making process. I think that this shows that you've definitely learned a lot from this course and I think you're prepared to do well with your summative journal. However, I would echo Micaela's suggestion that you seek out someone to proofread your journal as there were some grammatical issues.

  3. Hi caitlin I like the way you have identified that you were staying with a particular reflective style yet this last week you decided to change it up. However I would recommend spending more time proof reading as some of your grammar doesn't make absolute sense and is quite confusing to understand. Other than that I think your use of collaborative voting was a very interesting decision making tool and wonder whether it resulted in a good SHV for your team?? I think the journal is well written with a good flow but maybe more depth can be added. Good luck for the final rollover I hope your collective decision making works for you!

  4. I have finally touch learning, understand and know what it is like to feel that I've learnt something.

    To be a rather colloquial about it, "Yay!".

    I suggested a selective strategy to choose our decision based on an election, we wrote down decisions and reasons behind the decisions down and list a several different sets of these decisions and provided a further simple analysis on the side, then we vote for a decision.

    That's a good idea—it reminds me of the Delphi method. Clever. (If you don't know it, you might look it up).

    I have the sense you are ready for the summative learning journal. Do it!

    Micaela Lightfoot is right about the proofreading (and everything else). I'd hate to see you mark held back by what could be an easy fix ... you might even ask Michaela (smile)