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In planning this week 2 learning journal I have tried to take on board some of the feedback that I received from the initial learning journal which was to try to justify my points more constructively and also to include more theory.

This week was another learning curve for me… When I first heard about Mikes Bikes I thought to myself “this is me, this will be so easy, I’m going to nail it!” however when I finally sat down on Monday night and gave it my first shot I realised that it wasn’t going to be so easy after all. It started off really pear shaped and went even further downhill from there as I couldn’t figure out how to get above the starting point. This was the beginning of my main learning process during week 2 and I asked myself “what strategies can I use to get to 25 if not higher in order to give myself the best opportunity during the multiplayer stages?” – The first stage of Daudelin’s (1996) reflection process, articulation of a problem. It took me a good hour until I finally understood the reporting process involved in Mikes Bikes which led me to stages 2 & 3 of the issues and I used these reports to formulate and test the theory I had developed from them. This enabled me to see where I was going wrong and what I could do to improve, something I was dying for since I initially believed it would be so easy. When I decided to implement a strategy of high quality, high price, lesser quantities this is when my actions finally started to take effect. By developing a strategy and sticking with it whilst basing all of my decisions around it I managed too easily get over the 25 mark on my third rollover. Reflecting on my processes now I can see that in future circumstances when I have any sort of activity where I am not 100% sure of how or what to do that I need to sit back, think, plan and develop a strategy of attack and I think that Daudelin’s (1996) readings helped me to understand how important it is to reflect, whether it is asking questions or writing journals reflection is one of the keys to how I learn and I am looking forward to applying the use of reflection to other aspects of my life.

The second part of my weeks actions towards this course developing and handing in my CV and also team formulation. After learning who my group is today (Thursday), I am excited to be able to work together in order to be successful and hopefully achieve my goal of being first in the class at Mikes Bikes. As Katzenbach & Smith (1992) say “Real teams- not just groups of people with a label attached- will invariably outperform the same set of individuals operating in a non-team mode…” Basing this on my experiences with solo mike I am picking that with the 5 of us who have all reached 25 in what I’m assuming will all be different ways will enable us to create a very successful simulation of mikes bikes.

References:

Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matterMcKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3—27

Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflectionOrganizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36--48

2 Comments

  1. For starters, I think it is great you really took the feedback given to you last week and used it so well in this learning journal. I get the feeling it really helped your writing flow smoothly.

    I think you can continue to make your journal stronger by focusing on one of the things you learned or work through during the week. You took the time to walk us through two different parts of the week, which both had good content; however, I would have preferred to just hear about one with a little more detail. For example, if you had just stuck with walking us through your experience of Daudelin’s Reflection Process and how you used it for MikesBikes, you would have had the space to tell us what theories you came up with instead of just saying “I used these reports to formulate and test the theory I had developed from them.” I understand why you may have wanted to talk about both situations since they did relate back to the readings so well, but I think you will end up with a much more substantial Learning Journal if you really spend the time talking about one thing you learned during the week.

  2. I found your journal interesting, how you managed to link the readings with examples of your experiences with mikes bikes.
    However, I found your analysis of the second reading was not as strong. You could try focus on one point for each journal entry
    as it will help your journal flow more smoothly. Other than that it was great.