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Today we have been put into our teams for our Mike’s Bikes group simulation, I was to my surprise been put as CEO for my team, despite that it wasn’t either of my choices. As I’ve had a look at my group member’s CVs everyone is Grade-Oriented, extroverted and on everyone’s leadership experience, one of the ticks applies to “I’ve been a successful team leader before and I enjoyed it” by reading this I was some what confused, as for all of these options I have picked conflict free, low pressure, Introverted and most importantly I have not picked “I’ve been a successful team leader before and I enjoyed it” instead I have chosen the second option “I can lead others, but would rather not do so in this course” so by what measures was I fit to be chosen as the CEO for this team? By then I have discovered … I have someone else’s CV instead of mine which most likely means: I’m in the wrong team! Later I’ve discovered I have indeed been put into the wrong team by mistake however by then we’ve already had our group meeting and everyone has settled in our team I preferred to stay within my team as from our meeting everyone is very compatible with one another.

 

During our class discussion and the reading by Katzenbach and Smith (1992) the existence of mutual accountability is incredibly important within a team, in order for a team to function effectively and reach mutual goals being mutually accountable is the key. This made me question my existence within my team, would I be able to be an effective team leader when I am the only member who has chosen different options on my CV. Does this mean I don’t share a common goal with my team members? Having to reflect on my choices, achieving good-grade is very important to me as I have high standards of myself however I believe achieving good grades through conflicts isn’t what I’m looking for in a team therefore being in a conflict free, low pressure group is vastly significant for me. Having to get to know my team members, everyone agrees on being open to each other, giving effective feedbacks and avoiding conflicts are what we’d like in our team, we have also establish the times we do not like to be spending to work (in this case the weekends) to eliminate unnecessary pressure I believe it is unnecessary for me to be changed to another team. I really am looking forward to up coming team production. 

Reference: 

Kazenbach, J. R., & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why Teams Matter. Mckinsey Quarterly, (3), 3-27.

2 Comments

  1. This being a learning journal I suggest that you reflect upon some of your past experiences with group work and how being the (accidental) CEO of your group will change how you learn or feel about working in groups. You utilise Daudelin's reflective learning model by analysing and comparing your goals with your team members and questioning whether you will be an effective and compatible group.
    In the future it'd be good to see higher levels of Bloom's taxonomy in analysing, synthesising, and evaluating different key ideas and concepts that you bring up in your journal, such as deeper insight into mutual accountability and how it would affect you, or how you thought differently about it in the past.
    Your writing style is good but with a few grammatical errors.

  2. Your writing style is easy to read, however I feel that the first paragraph didn't really contribute much to the overall learning journal in a reflective sense. Maybe you can draw more on past experiences and tie them into what you have learned from them and how they relate to the theories presented in the readings or what you have reflected on in the past week. The second paragraph was good in how you tied in the theory to your reflection.

    "Having to get to know my team members, everyone agrees on being open to each other, giving effective feedbacks and avoiding conflicts are what we’d like in our team, we have also establish the times we do not like to be spending to work (in this case the weekends) to eliminate unnecessary pressure I believe it is unnecessary for me to be changed to another team." This sentence was a little hard to follow. Maybe it would be easier to say something like

    "After getting to know my team members, everyone agrees being open to each other, giving feedback and avoiding conflicts are important for our team to run effectively. We have also established times that would be inconvenient to avoid any unnecessary pressure." and have the part about it being unnecessary to be changed to another team as a separate sentence.