This week was interesting given it was our first official roll over for Mike¿s Bikes. Also given that the focus was on strategy it relates very well to our first and future decisions. My previous experience in international business had me feeling confident about Porter¿s strategies – Low cost, differentiation, and focused. In terms of knowledge of each strategy and the theory behind them I felt I had a decent understanding, but in terms of being able to apply it to Mike¿s Bikes I was extremely nervous. Its pretty obvious from my previous journals that I am not confident in Mike¿s Bikes however I do feel I am improving. I found it really helpful when Peter discussed the high quality vs. low quality routes for Mike¿s Bikes and discussed how if you try to manage both low and high quality the company will lose out to the different options.
Just in regards to my team dynamics, one issue that has arisen is how to deal with a team member who is no participating as equally as others. I personally feel he is not contributing equally and is undermining the contribution of others on their areas. My idea of working as a team is to contribute ideas or suggestions for all areas not just your allocated area (e.g. marketing or operations), that way there is possibility for discussion and possibly different decisions. I find that this person in particular is only focused on his area and even so has not been prepared for most of our group meetings. I do not expect him to understand everything about his area but I do expect some insight. I am unsure of what approach to take to this. I could 1. Speak to him personally and discuss my issues but I am worried I will lose my cool as I have an unsteady temper or 2. Speak to the CEO to have words with him anonymously or 3. Discuss options with Peter and go from there. I definitely do not want this member to feel ostracized so I want to approach this in a way that is not aggressive. Possibly the best solution is to discuss with our CEO then go from there. I hope I don¿t muck it up.
I know this week is on strategy but my focus has been on team dynamics and this has been my major dilemma this week, therefore I have reflected this in my journal rather than discuss the readings which although they were interesting they were not my prime concern.