The formation of teams this week was more challenging then I originally expected, I went in with the mindset that if you did not get a SHV of $25 then you would not be placed in a team, perhaps it was because I had the security of already achieving this task so for me I would have been placed in team regardless. I soon came to realise that it was not that simple and reading through peoples CVs made me realise that for a variety of reasons many people were not able to get their score above $25. This left me and the team which helped me form the groups with the dilemma with what to do with their group which we were originally told would be a minority. Having to decide between ability and callousness was hard when you only have a couple of pages to work with. Our options left us with either, don’t place them in a group, hide them amongst the rest of the more successful players or place them in a group together. The decision we made were mostly guided by the reading.
“Turning student groups into effective teams.” Through this I hope to appreciate the importance of diversity and goal alignment. “Simply putting students in groups to work on assignments is not a sufficient condition for achieving,” (Oakely et.al., 2004) but why have group formation thus far through university been adirect contradiction so far, business 101, 102, psych labs, almosy every subject has had some sort of team and all have been mostly successful. Does this mean if we have been placed properly we may have had higher success rates? I guess time wil yell through this semester.
Winning vs learning vs grades vs fun loving vs conflict free. We do not all have the same goals but to what extent do we really believe in the goals we want to achieve. When I enrolled in university, the idea was to continue on with my learning, having fun was a bonus and conflict free was obvious, goals which not only align with university but with the majority of my life. So why do I have this sudden need to win, My reflection this week is based on the highly competitive team I have been placed in. I think my reasoning being for choosing such a competitive team is likely to get a better mark similarly a grades orientated team would want to win and I find myself in a position which does not meet my original expectation and values of university which takes me back to Edgar Schein’s (1985) Iceburg model. Do I actually subconsciously believe in my teams’ goals and the need to win or is it a façade to fit in? Does this mean I am part of another group or will we be an effective team?
Schein, E. H. (1985). Organizational culture and leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
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.