This weeks reading made me start to think how development occurs in a practical sense, whilst also keeping in mind how my team has developed within their own roles. We can all think and see where devleopement takes place, but how do we support on and foster development the best way possible? Is there really a way to develop development?
Davies and Easterby-Smith (1984) suggest that development occurs when individuals are faced with novel and changing challenges which forces their skills to be developed. In practice I would argue that this is correct as I have found the development of myself has been large over the last 3 years due to the varied challenges I have faced in different opportunities. On reflection I found the difference in myself and what I am capable over this time to be quite surprising when knowing how quiet and shy I was when I first started Uni.
However within our roles with Mikebikes I feel like our development may be limited due to time factors and how our roles stay the same. But when thinking about it more our group has developed to a good point where we are efficient in making decisions and as our development has stalled, new challenges within our country has kept it going. So it has been a story of as soon as we get comfortable, something happens that makes things a bit stressful. For instance this week felt like our most risky rollover yet, and in terms of learning it has made more of an impact making decision under this type of stress.
From this reflection I just hope that when I enter the workforce my own development is not stalled by an "easy" grad role.The feedback I have heard from some people how their day to day tasks can be quite boring after leaving quite a busy lifestyle at university. Therefore I think I will use the strategy that has worked at university to keep it exciting, by taking opportunities as they come.
Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiences. Journal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182.doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x