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This week’s classes I found were particularly interesting for me, as I learnt the process of how we will be placed into teams for the rest of the semester. The most valuable thing I learnt was the fact that goal diversity exists as a major cause of team conflict. Before being told this, I never really saw this as a major issue because it is something that goes beyond the surface diversity of the individuals within a team.
Reflecting on this, I have realised that this goal diversity had existed within many teams I have worked in, resulting in the failure of not only quantitative results, but also in the sense of a strong team formation. I really learnt the value of a meaningful and well thought out team selection process, essentially setting up each team with a better chance of success. This is particularly helpful to me because in 2 weeks, I have the responsibility in one of my jobs to form and manage 6 teams, where I do not yet know anyone. I am now sure it would be very beneficial to utilise some variation of the mikes bikes type cv crossed with the ‘getting to know you’ form as explained in the Oakley, Felder, Brent, & Elhajj reading 'turning student groups into effective teams' (2004). As I am forming work teams, I will need to alter this form a bit to better suit a work environment, but my main focus will be trying to establish which type of team environment each person wants to be working in, in order to minimise the effects that goal diversity could have on team performance, and hopefully maximise intrinsic motivation levels within every team member in each team.
My first impression of the mikes bikes cv was that it was going to be used as a tool to help place us into evenly spread (ability wise) teams based on our GPA, background, experience and scores on solomike. However now I realise it was so much more than that and all the variables on this sheet will contribute to forming the best possible teams. I am now looking forward to working in a group of like minded people who have the same goal as me.

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. Good use of identifying the problem of having different goals from diverse team members and a weak sense of team formation. 

    "My first impression of the mikes bikes cv was that it was going to be used as a tool to help place us into evenly spread (ability wise) teams based on our GPA, background, experience and scores on solomike" 

     "... now I realise it was so much more than that and all the variables on this sheet will contribute to forming the best possible teams".

    Does it? Last Tuesday two girls had announced in class that we were all grouped into teams mainly based on GPA and SoloMikes SHV score. I guess you can argue that it will form the best possible teams if you achieved a high score on SoloMikes but let's not forget about certain students who did not achieve a great SHV. Does that mean they also have a a strong evenly spread team?

     

    " I am now looking forward to working in a group of like minded people who have the same goal as me".

    I am confused on the term "like minded people" as it contradicts diversity in a team where you will not have differing perspectives and end up agreeing on the same thing.

    Maybe if you rephrased that sentence fragment to "... in a group of diverse people who have the same goal as me" would be more suitable.

     

  2. Your journal entry this week is well organised and clear. You've done a good job of explaining what you've learned about teams and you've found a way that you can apply this learning in a future task. I feel that you could have done more self-reflection. You learned this week that team failure can usually be attributed to goal incongruence. I would have liked to hear about a time where you might have experienced this and reflection on what you could have done differently to work better with your team, to make your goals more in line with those of your team mates. I also would have liked to hear about how you might work with your team in this class to ensure that your team has the same goal. Going forward try to dig a little deeper each week. Ask yourself more challenging and self-reflective questions relating to the material. A big part of this class is what we can learn about ourselves in relation to the material and the experience, not just what we can learn about management. Otherwise good job!