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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!

References 

Drucker, P. F. (2005). Managing oneself. Harvard Business Review83(1), 100–109. 

Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review85(10), 63–73. 

2 Comments

  1. Hey Marina,

    What an interesting learning journal that showcases the initial and ending solution your problem. It stretches into further questions like comparing how well you do with one person as opposed to working within a group setting. 

    Forgive me for delving further and snooping, but you writing flow seemed very alike to a previous learning journal I had reviewed, and I was correct! You're the one that doesn't mention Daudelin within their referencing, and yet are able to make sense. Delving deeper into the rabbit hole, you review others, often mentioning the absence or praising the use of Daudelin's stages of reflection .... yet you don't seem to explicitly use it yourself? Perhaps its incorporated within it but not directly referenced. Otherwise, like I said previously, a great entry, good job!

  2. Nice little reflection here tennis player. Good use of theory and convincing effort. Well done