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Now that we have just the double rollover left in week 11 which seems a bit tricky but also interesting. I personally think that one of readings about how to be sure about several things related to our life is very interesting because I have never taken some key concepts in this reading seriously in my life. By the way, I am just wondering how many of you can understand the title of this journal “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. You may think that this does not make any sense but this is actually a magical word from the Disney musical film Mary Poppins and once someone says this word in any difficulty, everything can be solved and everybody gets happy. Quite unfortunately, it does not work to our real life or even MikesBikes simulation but then how can we be happy or happier?

According to the reading “How Will You Measure Your Life? (Christensen,2010)”, creating a clear strategy with proper resource allocation and creating a significant culture may be the key to be happy or successful in the long run. In fact, I have my long-term goal in my life and a specific strategy to achieve it without using the magical word from the Disney film. However, I won’t mention it because the readers of this journal have to take so long time to read everything.

In MikesBikes simulation, I am sure that we have a specific goal and appropriate strategy, which has helped us know what we need to do as an individual and as a team. Appropriate resource allocation? This is kind of a tricky part because I guess we cannot know whether or not we allocated our resources properly until we get results. My team members obviously put a huge amount of efforts and time on our team activities and individual tasks outside the meeting. In this situation, if we get a bad result, are those time or efforts regarded as misinvestment mentioned in the reading (Christensen,2010)? I think that it totally depends on if we can achieve the final goal or not. In short, if we achieve the long-term goal, then nobody regards what we invested in MikesBikes as misinvestment.

In order to reduce the risk of misinvestment, it is important to create a significant culture because a culture may positively affect our self-esteem and confidence, therefore improve the quality invested in our work (Christensen,2010). However, a culture, in my opinion, cannot be created so easily and the example of the reading about creating a culture is not about one semester long environment. I think that a degree of autonomy and respect among our members seem our culture, which is fantastic. From my experience outside MikesBikes, I have seen many scenes that people are blaming each other about their contribution or ability in the same team, which is the worst culture, I guess, because such culture has never solved any negative issues but created a worse environment for team communication. I have never tried to make a good culture in my team of MikesBikes simulation because there already was. Our culture seems beneficial for us to be successful or happy in the activities because we can always feel being respected and be more confident about decision making even though the results may affect happiness or satisfaction.

Overall, the reading in this week was really interesting and gave me a good opportunity to consider how to be happy and whether or not I have had a specific goal or strategy in my life or MikesBikes. If the magical word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" works, I will use it immediately, again immediately! However, I also think that our life is interesting because there is no such a magical word. We should struggle with anything. Achievement of the goal after struggling must allow us to feel more satisfaction than a magical word does!

References:

Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.

3 Comments

  1. After reading this journal once I thought that your issue was clear; how to reduce the risk of misinvestment. Then I read it again and I wasn't sure. Is it based on your teams culture or the allocation of resources? First thing to improve on would be to be clear about your issue. In your case I recommend to specifically state what your issue is. e.g. "This week I will examine this as I found it to be an issue."

    There is a few grammar errors. For example when you talk about the autonomy and respect in your team, how does this "seem" your culture? I was confused on that. Also "we can always feel being respected." If you fix these the quality of your journal will improve. These little mistakes are easily fixed, so proof read multiple times for your summative.

    I enjoyed how you acknowledged that in MikesBikes there isn't a clear answer, we actually have to work for the results we have. Great use of the metaphor.

    In terms of Blooms taxonomy you have shown good Analysis by discussing how culture will reduce the risk of misinvestment. However I suggest you examine this more.

    Best of luck with your summative.

     

  2. At the start of the semester Peter said that he always enjoys a good title, and yours was great in this learning reflection! It immediately grabbed my attention and I was happy to see you explain it as I was initially confused. You also had many good points regarding/questioning the readings.

    There were a few grammatical errors, but that is to be expected as I assume you didn't have multiple drafts for your weekly reflection. Just make sure to read over your summative journal or maybe get a friend to edit it. I also have to agree with Kimberley, in that I found the over all topic to be a bit scattered. It would be nice to see more of a clearly defined theme.

    Over all good job! I'm sure you will do great on your summative journal.

    Congratulations on finishing MikesBikes!!!

  3. I can't get that song out of my head. Is that good or bad I wonder.

    Overall, having read your journal, I would ask "What are you doing differently now as a result of your reflection". That's not so clear to me, and learning is (if nothing else) making the choice to do something differently because you think it is a better course of action.

     

    (Yes, that's my rather hackneyed notion of learning).