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I got a bit of a mixed feeling this week. I completely got lost when started attempting SoloMikes at the beginning of this week. I remember how anxious I was after I finished reading all the MikesBikes Guide and player’s manual and still did not get any progress to improve SHV. Fortunately, I ended up getting 40 plus SHV with some help and instructions, which really relived me from stress and anxiety.  Something good always comes out of out trying. It was a totally unexpected result that I was assigned to be a CEO on Thursday’s class. Not pretending to be humble, as a matter of fact, I am still short of confidence mainly because of my poor English.  It took a while to remind me of the days of being a leader back in China.

Life always presents us something unexpected and unknown. What we need to do is to accept it, strive for it, and also thrive on it. After communicating with my team members, I have to say that I am always the favoured girl who encounters all the beautiful things wherever I am. My team members are just so talented and awesome! On the other hand, however, with those excellent team members working together, I feel a bit pressured. But I guess that how I can learn and grow.

Kazenbatch (1992) defined team as a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. I know that, from his article, team matters if we aim to get high grades for this paper, whilst to be an effective team is not just as easy as forming a study group and simply getting things done. Especially as a CEO, I realize how important to play well this role with all my effort.

Before starting doing some “CEO stuff”, I found some useful tips in Oakley’s article in regards to forming a team effectively and efficiently. After the “knowing my team ” meeting, I went back and started setting out a set of guidelines for team functioning; I also formulated a common set of expectations that would be helpful for our team performance. There is no doubt that knowing what your role does is critical. As a CEO, my role in the team is to ensure that every member knows what their role is and pulls their weight, keep every task on its right track, ensure timely and soundly completion of weekly tasks, resolve conflicts when necessary, and evaluate myself and team’s work.

Thanks for my friends’ encouragement; I really cannot let language issue get in the way since there are other things that are more important. Life is full of fun and adventures if we keep challenging ourselves. Eventually, those thresholds would lead us to somewhere we have been dreaming of. 

 

Reference list:

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.

2 Comments

  1. The author of this reflection is in fact our illustrious leader! However, it is important to write an objective review in order to remove bias so both parties will benefit from this exercise.

    First of all, you have demonstrated an understanding of the provided theories through integration with personal experiences and application to the activities this week. However, in order to demonstrate full understanding of the content, you must take into account Bloom's higher level thinking by analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating the theories. This means that one must critically evaluate the effectiveness of the the theories as well as providing additional insight to signify that the author has full comprehension.

    Secondly, you have utilized Daudelin's steps clearly and effectively. But one must remember that the objective of the weekly reflections is learning. In later attempts, you might want to specifically strengthen the correlation between the things you have learnt in the readings with the actionable plans by providing a stronger justification. A good thing to keep in mind is that everything you write must serve a purpose and whether or not it adds anything of value to the discussion at hand.

    Lastly, there are several grammatical and language errors in the reflection but this is something that can only be fixed with practice and time, considering you have only been in the country for a year. You might want to consider asking a friend to proof read your reviews or ask for assistance from the student learning center in order to accelerate this process.

    Otherwise, it was an enjoyable review and try not to get too stressed over the project!

  2. Hi,
    It looks like the reviewer above has beaten me too it so I hope I don't sound repetitive. I really enjoyed your journal, it's always interesting to read other peoples perspectives and how they saw each weeks lessons. As advised, you used the Daudelin reflection process, however I think you need to be more specific or detailed. For example you may have wanted to have gone into more depth about what Oakleys tips were, given examples of leadership roles or activities you were a part of China, or the communication with your team etc. As mentioned in the above comment it is clear to see that you have indeed gained an understanding of "team" through the application of theory and personal experiences but again I think you could improve by adding more detail as to how the theory relates to your personal experiences. Lastly, you just need to proof read and check spelling (I know my feedback needs proof reading and spellchecking but my iPad won't let me unless I delete this whole comment so sorry about that) :)