This week was an interesting one as we were three team members down. What I thought would turn into a frantic paced session of inputting numbers and figures into the simulation, actually turned into quite a peaceful and calm environment. All tasks were accomplished, and we even finished half an hour early! This made me think about the kind of environment I like to work in, and do I perform better if there are less people around me?
Drucker (2005) raises some interesting questions. Questions such as - “Do I perform well under stress, or do I need a highly structured and predictable environment? Do I work best in a big organization or a small one?”(p.104). This really made me evaluate my life/work environment thus far…profound I know! But I am realising that this class is not just about getting ahead in a simulation, but really analysing how one learns.
This is not a specific problem that I am addressing this week, but it could be that an overall problem. Do I know what kind of work environment I would perform best in? I really enjoyed the quiet of this week’s team meeting, and there was much more one on one interaction. Maybe my energy (coming from body, emotions, mind and spirit) works best when I can focus on a specific task at a time and there are not too many distractions (Schwarts, 2007). Shwartz (2007) states that “It’s far more efficient to fully focus for 90 to 120 minutes, take a true break, and then fully focus on the next activity” (p.68), I believe this to be true. It was definitely the case for me this week.
This week a solution to a problem was kind of handed to me on a plate. A problem I was not even aware of! Next week I will talk to the team and ask if we can have a consult about the plan of attack at the beginning of the session, followed by some working on my own. I want to test this theory, especially since every team member will be there. In other news, we performed really well on our last roll over……alone time here I come!
Drucker, P. F. (2005). Managing oneself. Harvard Business Review, 83(1), 100–109.
Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review, 85(10), 63–73.