My relationship with the Mikes Bikes simulation started out rather rocky and begrudging as I struggled to learn the system. In other classes we have used simulations which are far more basic and easy to use and I figured this would be the same. As a result I made my first mistake which was to learn by trial and error rather then watching the help videos and tutorials. I wasted a few hours without making much progress before finally using last weeks reflection lessons to realise there was no short cut and I needed to put in the time to learn the program. This helped a lot and my share holder value was around the $25 mark but I still continued to struggle with modifying a product to meet changing market conditions. I adapted to this by instead of making a entirely new product just modifying it to adapt.
I was also placed into my team for the week, I only managed to scrape $25 for my shareholder value so I was lucky to get put into a very productive team and with members which I can really not get long with but I think will work well together which fits Katzenbach and Smith (1992) when they define teams, specially as we agreed on having common grade and performance objectives and arranged meeting times around that. Unfortunately I am currently the lowest performing team member in terms of GPA so I am a little worried about how well I can contribute. In order to over come this I have found time to put in extra work and extra practise to not only know my role but how others effect mine so I can better align it to our group goal.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27.