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The readings this week suggested something that changed my perspective entirely, and that is the theory of double loop learning. The learning process itself is quite simple, instead of using one process to every problem which would most likely results unsatisfactory results, you engage a deeper learning strategy by finding alternative solutions to the problems using reflective learning. What really caught my eyes was the role of failure played in this process; according to Argyris (1991) failures are good, because you can learn from it, he argued that due to the fact that “smart” or professional people rarely fails, which prevented them from learning from them. Therefore reflective learning process could not take process. In my example my team encountered a minor setback this week, I was unhappy about it at first, but now I think this is a great opportunity to learn from this opportunity. Based on this week’s results we could make new assumptions and develop new strategies and reach out goal, we are not even half way through the rollovers it is best we encounter some setbacks now than later (Synnott. 2013).

 

What I don’t agree with the readings however is the fact that they seem to ignore the effect of success have upon the learning process. I agree the fact that learning from success is not as useful as learning from failures and setbacks, but I think the fact that if you can understand the fact why you have succeed and reason behind it you could use that knowledge for future benefits. Also it found it particular hopeful by learning from other people’s success, for example, studying the strategy of a winning team could be useful for my team as well. Therefore I do not agree that success is the biggest obstacle to continuous improvement (Argyris. 1991), it should be ego

 

Reference

Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learnReflections, 4(2), 4—15

 

Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950

2 Comments

  1. Hey our CEO Martin(big grin)~

    This is a great opportunity for me to read your learning journal and I actually enjoyed reading it! This is a great reflection which shows your deep understanding of the readings and with appropriate connection with our team's situation. I particularly enjoyed reading the last paragraph which was interesting. I totally agree with you about how success helps us learning and ego should be the one encumbering us to continue improve.

    A minor improvement you could make will be expending a bit more on why does ego become the biggest barrier to continuous improvement. (I actually couldn't see any major problem to be honest.. forgive me if I am not giving any useful feedback haha)

    Overall, a detailed reflection with clear structure. Easy to read and follow with lots of information to get from it! We are so lucky to have you as Majestick Bike's CEO(wink) 

  2. Hi Martin. (smile) 

    Great journal entry to begin with. You put into context Argyris' theory in your own words, experience and how you see and understand it, which made your entry easy to follow. I also liked how you criticised the readings which I found very interesting. In a way, I kind of see where you're coming from. For me, I feel like failure is the best way to learn, but it's true what you said that success can also teach you a lot of things. I guess learning from failure makes people in general more innovative and creative to come up with solutions to the problems and failures they have faced and determined to learn from it and work harder. The thing about success as a way to learn- I guess for some people in general, it's harder to come up with more ways on how to improve something, most importantly if the strategy already works. I do agree with you though that success is also a great way to learn, such as the example you mentioned in your entry (learning from other teams' success/es). (smile)  I agree with that, 100%. I also agree with you that "ego is the biggest obstacle to continuous improvement." If people feel as if they're already the best, then they won't find ways/ to improve on themselves. Great analysis of both readings, which showed a great level of understanding of Argyris' and Synnott's theories. I really don't know how else you can improve this journal as you already showed a deep level of understanding, but I think you could've elaborated the problem you have faced a bit more in terms of why you think it happened in relation to the context of the readings/learning (i.e. Did that setback happen, because we didn't execute what we have learned too well or?) and how does that issue made you think/rethink about the process of learning. I don't know if it's as helpful as I want it to be. Haha. 

    It's a pleasure reading your entry. I enjoyed it and it gave me a good kind of headache (you made me think as your statements are very thought-provoking.) (big grin)  All the best and I agree with Kelly Chan, we're lucky to have a great CEO. (smile) All the best!