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This weeks reading on learning at the top levels of organisations provided me with new knowledge. After processing the main arguments put forward by the text I comprehended the reading well and was ready to apply it. The main argument put forward was that high up professionals are often specialists and very skilled people who have been doing the work they excel in all their life. These people have become so used to their processes that when they fail to accomplish a task using them they become with drawn blaming external forces for their failure. They maintain dogmatic approaches and because they are reluctant to see a different viewpoint or analysis style they often fail to learn via double loop learning. They are then stuck in a position where they can't grow or develop their skills and they as well as the organisation suffer. It's true we all learn in different ways and we have been learning for decades, so it's a logical proposition that learning styles will be personalised and individualised. I myself have become frustrated when my own learning styles have not worked and have failed to turn to different techniques or help synthesis of this reading has made me understand that I need to consider alternate learning styles to succeed in the business world. Application will occur when I encounter a learning problem that I can't solve with my current learning styles.

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi John,

    To me, your reflection describes the readings for this week very well and your comprehension of the subject matter is clear. Perhaps you could expand in a separate paragraph more on how this relates to a specific problem for you this week- for example, give an example of when your own learning style may not work so well?

    My suggestions for improvement next week would be to increase the length of your journal so as to show your analysis at a greater depth, and to in-text citations and perhaps a brief summary of references used to allow a reader to see where you get your ideas from.

  2. Hey John,

    You've proven that you have a pretty awesome understanding of the readings which is nice to see. The problem is mainly that you veered towards applying it to our team situation but pretty much stopped your dialogue there rather than pinpointing a specific problem and reflecting upon it. Maybe it'd be easier to have a look at Daudelin again and read the little example of the reflection process that he created within the readings. I think being more systematic in your reflection process will give you more to speak about although that's not really an issue but also potentially reveal some new things to you about your thinking and actions! It teaches some pretty cool life-applicable skills (smile)

    Make sure you also reference for your next one as I wasn't sure which of the two readings you were referring to. Another note on references, it's not strictly necessary to stick to those readings from the same week if something else suits your problem that you're going to reflect on.

    Try out the Daudelin approach next week, you might see the magic that I'm talking about...

    Good luck for next weeks writing and see you soon (smile)