As the semester creeps closer my team finds ourselves trying to end on footing more positive than when we began. Unfortunately what we have discovered is that after making a considering substantial mistake (resulting in a large loss and damage towards our SHV) we now find it incredibly hard to rise back to that same point. The past few rollovers have showed that we have clearly made the correct decisions as we are rising in our SHV steadily, just not as much as we had hoped.
This to me doesn’t mean that we didn’t learn enough from the simulation or that we arbitrarily made decisions, rather the decisions we made, the adversities faced, coming back from the deep end, all helped us come together as a team and to learn more both from each other and from the paper. This is easy to see by this point in time because we make decisions far more effectively and efficiently. In fact this was the first time in weeks that we have finalised all of our decisions near a whole day in advance. Even though we are effectively working together I believe we are only performing in the second stage of the Greiner Curve. (1972) This is because we are guided by an effective leader but lack the level of autonomy to make decisions independently. Though we lack this and are stuck in this revolutionary crisis, it actually works for our “company” right now as we functioning efficiently. This led me to believe that it doesn’t matter if we are within lower levels in the success of our company because we are performing at our own pace. It’s the same logic as when you’re running for cross-country in Primary school and your gym teachers always tell you to “run at your own pace” rather than to keep up with the crowd so that you can avoid injury. This is how I see our company’s performance as well. So long as we focus internally rather than being so outwardly focused on competitors we can continue to improve our own company without becoming overwhelmed with information that may not be as relevant to our own success. Whether or not we can improve our SHV considerably in the impending double-rollover will only show to us (speaking from a forward-thinking, optimistic mind-set) how much we have learnt from the programme.
Personally I believe we as a team have made our peace with the fact that we won’t be able to end on a note as positive as we began. However when we think back to the reasons we outlined on our CV at the beginning of the semester as to what we hope to gain from this paper we had all mentioned that we are “learning-focussed”. With that in mind, I definitely believe we have learnt a great deal from this paper; skills about team work, patience, being liquid in our behaviour and words and intimate details about the simulation.
Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations grow. Harvard Business Review, 50(4), 37--46.