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As the semester comes to a close, my Mikes Bikes team has finally got the hang of things and is performing at a high level. The road to getting here has unfortunately taken a little longer than hoped for initially, but without the mistakes we made along the way, I feel as though we wouldn’t have gotten to the stage of being consistently successful at all.

 

I personally have learnt a lot from this simulation, both with how to interact within a team effectively and also from a business performance point of view. The readings each week seem to have been placed so perfectly, with our team seemingly experiencing the issues or opportunities in the readings each week within our team or our Mikes Bikes performance. The biggest aspects that I would identify as being the key to our learning for the semester would be how to reflect, learning from mistakes and becoming more analytical, these are ones that I will be focusing on for my summative journal.  

 

This weeks reading by Clay Christensen, was very interesting for me. As previously stated, my learning this semester has been rather focused on work related areas, such as group interaction and business performance, however after reading the article by professor Christensen, it has become clear that everything we have learned should be related to my personal life as well. In Mikes Bikes we create a strategy for our firm, a plan to be successful, this is also directly related to ones personal life, everybody also needs to have a strategy for their life, in order to be happy and successful. Also being analytical with how you allocate your personal resources, e.g. time, effort and talent. These need to be applied throughout your life between your spouse, children, career and community. I found this reading to be the most interesting of the semester, previously I had not thought once about how I could apply what I have learnt to other areas of my life apart from work.

 

This week I haven’t really identified a problem and provided a solution, but I guess my goal would be to continue our success in Mikes Bikes by applying what we have learnt through out the semester, specifically analytics. Along with this I will attempt to apply all that I have learnt to my life as a whole and not just my work life. 

 

Reference:

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

3 Comments

  1. This week I haven’t really identified a problem and provided a solution, but I guess my goal would be to continue our success in Mikes Bikes by applying what we have learnt through out the semester, specifically analytics. Along with this I will attempt to apply all that I have learnt to my life as a whole and not just my work life. 

    Yes, you're right.

    I think the issue is what would you take away from this experience and do different; but then again, you'll be doing that in your summative learning journal.

  2. I think you did actually identify some potential learning from this week through your analysis of the Christensen reading about business effects on your personal life. You could have expanded on this point by explain about how a more content personal life could have an effect on your performance in your Mikesbikes team for instance. This journal more feels like the pre-cursor to your summative journal rather than a review of learning for the week previous. That said, I understand how hard it was to get up for this last journal!

  3. Hey Matthew,

    It certainly appears this week has been somewhat of an enlightening one for you, and like Angus said, there has been some learning for (and about) you this week. Like Peter said, it may not necessarily be a 'problem' (with all the negative connotations associated with it) that you need to talk about to show you have followed Daudelins guidelines. So maybe just begin with an idea and build from there until you can work your way towards showing how you will make it actionable. You definitely explored the ideas in it well, and showed you scratched below the surface with the ideas presented by Christensen. Speaking of Christensen, you may wish to cite the article in the reflection itself when you are making references to it. I thought the writing quality was good overall. 

     

    Best of luck for the learning journal!