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MGMT 300 – Learning Journal Week 10                                    Scott Wong- 2651050

Increasing My Chances of Being Successful in Life

This is the final learning journal for MGMT 300. This course has been very interesting and enjoyable. What can I take away from this course? How do I apply what I have learnt here to my entire life? Did I really learn anything at all? The lack of class and lecture times was a very new concept for me. Furthermore meeting in teams made me learn about team dynamics and overall let be build social skills based on team cooperation. Reading the readings each week made me realise more and more the purpose of this course. The whole idea behind this course was to take away something you have learnt and apply to your wider life experiences and therefore learn to become more successful as a person.

Overall this course has made me realise the importance of the critical key that will help make me successful in life or give me the best possible chance of being successful. This key is being focused by setting goals and allocating my time and energy on the things that I want to achieve as stated by the Christensen (2010) article. The reflection and learning from my mistakes (Daudelin, 1996) will also help me elevate my chances of being successful in life because the best way to improve is to critique yourself and take constructive criticism from others (Argyris, 1991). The main idea of this course has been to improve oneself and not to take yourself too seriously. The learning journal feedback by other class mates enables criticism of yourself and your abilities which in turn enables chance to improve your reflections each week and slowly become better. I think Mike’s Bikes was also like this as each roll over had certain good and bad consequences specific for each team which allowed each team to reflect on their mistakes and unconsciously go though each of Daudelin’s steps but also performing analytics (Ability to collect, process, analyse data and implement decisions based on that data is a key factor which determines an organisation’s ability to learn and therefore become successful (Davenport, 2006)) at the same time, which helped a team learn from their mistakes and improve as a whole team functionally.

Overall this course has been a unique experience and I have immense appreciation for the life skills I have taken away from this course. So What can I take away from this course? To help myself become successful in life, I should stay focused on my goals, learn through reflection and take criticism. Did I really learn anything at all? Well yes I did in terms of acquiring new skills on how to approach my life (As said above). The last thing I have to say is that yes I have learnt new skills and knowledge but now I have to implement these things in order to increase my chances of being successful.  

            

References

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

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 reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36—48.

Davenport, T. H. (2006). Competing on analytics. Harvard Business Review, 84(1), 98--107.

 

3 Comments

  1. Hey Scott, 

    The journal this week was a little muddy. I was not able to read through it comfortably as there are a lot of run on sentences and there are a few grammatical mistakes. I will start off by stating that your journal had a lot of questions which I found interesting. I think asking a lot of questions is a good start but piling them all up together becomes a little overbearing especially if you choose not to address the questions. for e.g- when you state that you have learn't a lot, you answer by saying "new skills and knowledge"; which seems ok on the surface but when you think about it, there is no new information being provided. What you have learned? new information and skills are learn't on an everyday basis but in order to provide some context, a more specific answer would be required. 

    The journal is about you and I like that, which highlights your frame of mind when thinking about the course. The skills in working with a group are all different. In a football team, rugby team and business team. By simply stating that " ..learn't about team dynamics and cooperation..", again is very very vague and doesn't tell the reader anything specific to you about teams and what attitude changed from before and after. When contrasting before and after scenarios, its always helpful to contrast the frame of mind before and after in order to pinpoint the change and learning curve. 

    I didn't really read about any concrete experience you had this week or any active experimentation you are willing to do for the final rollover. The journal felt like a vague summary with cliche type statements of learning from teams and applying life skills, of which you gave not one specific example. This leaves the reader quite unsatisfied about your statements to whether they are valid or not because no supporting statements have been made. I say this with absolutely no negative connotations at all and I wanted to be harsh this week so you do well for the summative journals. I think you will do much better if you 1. narrow the focus to a few things, 2. provide specific examples of what changed and compare and contrast before and after and 3. stay away from vague statements such as "learn't new skills" if you are not going to indulge the reader to what they are! 

    We will end on the positives, as this journal is completely about you, it provides the reader with a singular perspective (rather than team). Your ability to look at the theory and not overindulge in the theory is also refreshing. 

    All the best for the final week and summative journals.  

    Regards 

  2. Hey Scott,

    It saddens me to agree with all the points written above. Although you were most definitely reflective (asking yourself many questions, talking about how you feel etc..) It was extremely vague and in relations to Daudelin there wasn't a problem that was articulated and so forth, making it hard as a reviewer to find any structure. As highlighted above, you are great at keeping your journals about you but you need to add levels to your reflections, especially with the summative one looming. I feel that if you aren't able to use the literature, use more of your experiences to tackle serious questions and issues you'll find writing 3000 words in the form of a stream of consciousness difficult. Other than that you wrote well, there weren't many grammatical errors. 

    All the best for the rest of the course.

     

  3. Like many people, you are drifting into getting ready for you summative learning journal. So, whilst Harsimran Dhaliwal and Karen-Monique 'Otai are spot on with their comments, I also appreciate the tendency at this point to start shifting gears.

    Make sure you take their comments on-board as you think about your summative learning journal.