Many of my reviewers have commented on how refreshing it is to read a journal that is not solely on Mikes Bike, but had a more personal touch. I confess that none of my journals have been about Mikes Bike which is probably bad for the summative journal. This is due to the fact that I find it is easier for me to apply the theories I have learnt from the readings to my life outside of Mikes Bike. Why you ask? Well I didn’t understand Mikes Bikes relevance to my learning and my future, I don’t want to be an operations manager in the future but I do understand is what is happening in my personal life. Such a naïve way of looking at things. It has taken me 9 weeks to finally understand Mikes Bikes role in my life and realize what my team and I had to do in order to do well in Mikes Bike. This revelation has been a brain scrambling journey, from my team dynamics to figuring out the interrelated relationships between different aspects of Mikes Bike. The Clayton reading “How will you measure your life?” (2010) was quite an eye-opener for me in which it forced me to reflect on Mikes Bike and how it affected my motivation.
My team you could say is pretty “chilled” which is something I love, although we have two strong leader types in our team, they still listen to everyone’s ideas. Being a relaxed team I think was also our weakness, well it definitely was mine. It made me not take my role so seriously, but in doing so I missed the little details that really had a huge impact on our overall performance. This was evident when our SHV dropped to 3, although this was a negative period I feel like this was what was needed to get everyone’s head back into the game. Everyone worked harder in their role and made sure that we took into account the little details. I think the fact that Mikes Bike is a program, I didn’t really take into account the emotional aspect of the simulation, which was pretty obvious because it involved humans in the form of workers and customers. As a result of our hard work and confidence in our strategy we managed to be back on top of our world. Clayton talks about the good management theory from Frederick Herzberg, who states that the “powerful motivator in our lives isn’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to other and be recognized for achievements”( Christensen, C. M., p 48, 2010). In this case, we are not paid in monetary terms for the hard work we put into our roles. However the more I contributed to my team, the more I learned and took responsibility for my role, the more motivated I became to achieve our team goals. I can definitely say, that after this week’s rollover I feel happier and proud of my team. I can safely say I no longer hate Mikes Bike.
Although my team is doing great, we still need to keep working hard, it's times like these where people tend to let their guards down. The importance here is not to stay at the top, but what we are going to do to expand our potential. To do so we need to learn from the good and the bad things we have done i.e reduced idle time however now need to reduce breakdown as well as looking at all the interconnected relationships within Mikes Bike. Although we can focus on our internal aspects it is also important to consider other teams whose SHV has dramatically reduced. Rather than being a monster and bashing them to depths of shareholder value hell, it is important to communicate with them so that our Market can grow (probably have to speak to my CEO about this lol).My previous journals have evidence of my lack of motivation. But from this week’s experiences I really feel like I need to put myself out there, in terms of taking risks and grabbing more opportunities by actively searching and applying for jobs even thought I may doubt my abilities. It showed in this Mikes Bike experience that the more I opportunities and responsibilities I take upon the more motivated I become. In doing this I will also find my "purpose in life" (p46, 2010) which is something Clayton emphasises and in which I too agree with. My short term activities will definitely affect my long term activities and what kind of person I will be. So this Mikes Bike simulation may have only been a part of my life for 12 weeks but what I learn from this is something that indefinitely affect my personal life and subsequently purpose in life.
Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.