This week has been a mini rollercoaster ride for me. With the constant reminder of having to perform well in Solo Mike and achieve a Shareholder Value (SHV) of at least $25.00, I was stressed more than ever as the CV due date drew closer and closer. The first few hours spent trying to outperform Mountain Cycles went nowhere. I had little knowledge on how Solo Mike worked and soon found myself feeling like a failure. With hours spent rolling backwards and forwards, I had made little progress and had no clue on how to significantly increase my SHV.
Attending Wednesday’s class, Peter placed particular emphasis on achieving a SHV of $25.00 or above. He began to elaborate and explain that if we were unable to achieve this, then maybe we ought to rethink whether this paper was for us or not. Knowing that I was still no way near achieving a $25.00 SHV, I began to wonder whether I should drop the course or not. I was beginning to lose all hope. Leaving class, I thought deeply about the possible solutions to my problem. Whether I should give up now and drop the course, or persevere through it all and keep rolling backwards and forwards in Solo Mike.
Being a person who hates failure, I decided to persevere and try my hardest to achieve the required SHV. I knew I had the competency to achieve this goal, but was clearly lacking the knowledge. With the friendly advice of a fellow MGMT 300 student as well as Peter’s online tutorial, I began to make progress in Solo Mike and inch closer to the $25.00 mark. From this I learnt, that while I was still making progress working individually, I was more successful with the help of others, otherwise known as collaborative learning (Oakley, Felder, Brent & Elhajj, 2004). Making greater progress through using other people’s knowledge and experience, I was able to enhance my own learning in order to perform a set goal, which reinforced key ideas in the readings.
Furthermore, I knew that once our group was formed, not only would we require general collaborative learning, but we would also have to learn to trust one another in order to achieve our team purpose (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992). It is evident from Katzenbach & Smith (1992) that at the beginning of any group formation, there are many ingredients missing before a ‘team’ is made.
Katzenbach, J, R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3-27.
Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9-34.