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The time to read the last of the readings and write my final reflection has arrived. I read the article Evolution and Revolution as Organizations Grow by Larry E. Greiner which for me was quite a boring reading as it discussed organisational growth patterns which I thought most companies go through a similar type of growth pattern and so I felt it was just another reading that I read and forgot pretty quickly. I thought the article How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen would follow a similar boring path, but I enjoyed this article as felt I was actually able to engage with what was being said. I feel the problem I have had over the past few weeks is that I have been so keen to try turn my team’s poor SHV around that I haven’t enjoyed the paper as much as I did when we were doing well. In the wise words of Robbie Williams, you only sing when you’re winning.

Christensen discusses the idea of allocating your resources. By resources he means “your decisions about allocating your personal time, energy, and talent ultimately shape your life’s strategy.” I think for the past several weeks I have allocated my resources into the wrong areas. I have been looking too hard at facts and figures trying to find ways to improve our SHV rather than doing looking at the data whilst also building better relationships with my team members. Christensen says “people who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and over-invest in their careers - even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness.” I think this statement is true, however, I take my ‘family’ as being my group members. I think this paper has clearly shown me that business is not just about facts and figures, but also about relationships. I have said it throughout the semester my group has been wonderful and perhaps I should have spent more time getting to know them as people which then may have given me more insight into why they made the decisions they made for their departments.

I think that making decisions for our own departments and then coming together and entering data into the simulation didn’t help the problem of lower interaction than if we worked on every decision as a group. This is because it cut down the amount of time we had together interacting as a group and what lead me to becoming primarily focused on the data rather than relationships. I think working as a group would be slower yes, but it would increase communication as each decision could be discussed by all team members therefore allowing more interaction and possibly satisfaction/happiness for each team member. It is a bit late now to change but next week I will do my best to increase interaction with my team members by reducing the time I spend by myself analysing data in order to increase my happiness levels and finish off the simulation on a high (hopefully end up with a deserved (in my eyes) high SHV).

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Hi, I think you wrote a great reflection - I also enjoyed reading Christensen's reading as well and I share the same feelings as you. You have also followed Daudelin's structure very well and you have explained your hypothesis quite well, it seems you have learnt the importance of teamwork and team dynamics which is really good preparation for the real world. All the best with your summative journal, hope this helps (smile)

  2. Hi Timothy,

    It is good to see that you were able to get a lot out of the Christensen reading and apply it to your learning through the semester. Just  small thing, but you may need to reference it properly however.

    I think that you have shown some connection to Daudelins framework by showing that you have learnt how teamwork has affected you in both a personal sense and a business sense. You have described how this could be applied in future teamwork for yourself, which is good, but you could perhaps have been a bit more critical in your analysis. The identification of the problem could have perhaps been articulated a little bit clearer to the reader but does become clear later into the reflection, which makes everything conclude full circle.

    Good luck for these last rollovers.

  3. I felt it was just another reading that I read and forgot pretty quickly

    Fair enough.

    In the wise words of Robbie Williams, you only sing when you’re winning.

    Sadly that is often true.

    So, I get a solid sense of what you are trying to do differently and why you think it will produce better outcomes. Your reflection ticks most of the boxes. I'm now wondering how transferable that learning might be to other (perhaps non-University) contexts.