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My apologies for the start of my reflection as it may confuse some students who do not follow the NBA but in relation to last week’s rollover the result of our company’s SHV dropped significantly to the bottom of our world which killed us a little bit inside. The huge blowout result from last week was like heading towards a game 6 NBA playoffs round where our team was in a win or go home situation where each team member's spirit and will was being tested. As the rollover had past 5pm yesterday our team was able to make a good comeback just trailing behind on the neck of the 2nd place team in our world. I must admit that it took a lot of faith and belief in order to make certain decisions to outplay our competitors in this round. I had learned from last week the hard way that our team had to snap out of our comfort zone as we or shall I say me for feeling comfortable of being 1st place in our world which made us lose that hunger and drive to reach our organization goal. This week our team started our meetings earlier with decisions ready to be discussed or implemented into the program in comparison to leaving our decision proposals on Wednesday. It still surprises me that the readings are somehow connected to our week’s personal reflection with the team. As I was shaken up from our poor rollover result from last week, the three-skill approach method (Katz, 1955) where technical, human and conceptual skill was implemented to our team so that we would be ahead of schedule and more time to research in depth to our lack of knowledge in a certain field. For example I would meet up with head of X to discuss where we went wrong and both researched more data to see what help solve this problem and how it also affects Y and Z departments. This resulted some of our executives to step out of their boundaries to learn more about other fields of the department. This allowed them to be more aware of the effect on other departments and making quick smarter decisions. I hope that our team can still continue with the same fire and passion as we are nearly heading towards the end of the simulation.

 

Katz, R. L. (1955). Skills of an effective administrator. Harvard Business Review, 33(1), 33--42.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Kevin:

    Firstly i wish to congratulate your for the good progress you and your team have achieved.  As for this learning journal however I found it slightly confusing to read, i assume the problem that you have identified were lack of collaboration between your team members due to the fact that all the members are isolated to their own department or comfort zone. The solution you have proposed were have the decisions ready to be discussed early than before, you mentioned that you have made a good comeback this week, i assume that is because of this new solution that your team have implemented. Personally i think you can improve this part by provide some more of your own personal insight of why does this process results a good outcome for your team and connect this to the example you have provided later. Also paragraph it to improve the structure of this journal.

     

    The content you have provide is somewhat interesting, the use of this week's reading to your team have showed some level of understanding towards it, however I think it can be further improved. For example how does applying human and conceptual skills and help your team step out of the comfort zone, what evidence supports it?

    Overall a interesting journal, keep it up and good luck to your team. ;D 

    1. I found it slightly confusing to read

      Me too.

      i assume the problem that you have identified were lack of collaboration between your team members

      You were braver than I. I couldn't male that assumption. I think Kevin Kim needs to much more explicit in articulating his problem. 

      i think you can improve this part by provide some more of your own personal insight of why does this process results a good outcome

      Yes, your right.

      Overall, if Kevin follows your advice, he'll do better journals.

  2. Hi Kevin,

    Sounds like your team have really improved this week and I commend you on working together to get to this point. I have to agree with Martin, as I feel like your journal could be improved by using the Daudelin structure. In terms of a problem you could elaborate on why you were in a poor position, or perhaps the fact that you were trying to find ways to improve. In terms of analysis you talked about what your team changed, and also started to mention that you were quite shaken up. Perhaps you could expand on this by showing your personal reflections on this and engage in some of the higher levels of Blooms Taxonomy. You brought in the readings which shows you grasped the concept, however it could be delved into a bit further in relation to your own experiences to provide a strong journal. I'd recommend breaking down paragraphs to match with Daudelin and incorporating both the readings and your personal experiences into each paragraph to create high levels of depth. 

    All the best for the weeks ahead and the summative journal (smile)

  3. Overall, you probably should revisit Daudelin and follow her four-step process more slavishly. I'm not sure from this learning journal what YOU will be trying to do differently in the future.