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After meeting the competent members of my Mike’s bike  team, I am certain that a great semester awaits, the reason behind this is that after our brief introduction, i discovered that we share a common purpose and is willing and able to live up to the expectation set upon them.However i was concerned with one particular issue, and that is I can not be certain about the right amount of influence that a CEO should exert upon the team.


As a CEO who did not had any managing experience in the past, i could already feel the responsibility and expectation from team. Although the readings this week did not have too much information about notion of leadership in the team, the themes and the notions introduced in the readings clearly showed the author’s position on the idea of leadership. For example, the two most important factors that really stood out for me in the first reading (Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. 1992) were commitment to common purpose and mutual accountability. Those two factors were the two most important characteristic of an high performance team, which makes the distinctive difference between a group and a team.


These two factors all emphasize one common theme, putting team above individuals. Therefore i think the role of a leader in a team like this would be to shape the common purpose for the team and establish mutual accountability throughout the team, rather than diminishing the existence of a team member by doing his or her work. The best example i could think of would be the conductor in a orchestra group. Rather than knowing every single instrument, a conductor leads and guides his symphony members. A team contract would be helpful because it not only sets the expectation for one and another they also helps to shape the mutual accountability within the team.  



Reference:

Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27

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. I especially enjoyed reading the section of the last paragraph which clearly suggests what the author will do as a leader by showing the interesting example of a orchestra or the possible benefits of the team contract. This journal is very easy for me to follow and understand what exactly the author is expecting for the future tasks because it has plenty of examples and the referencing which are making the my understanding better. What I particularly felt after reading this journal is that we could sometimes be more responsible for our own roles in a team because of a lack of experiences in the past as the author has already been feeling. Of course, I also don't have any experience of my role in the team but this article actually motivated me to consider what I should do in particular and be more responsible to my task for the team. 

  2. I enjoyed your portrayal of how you felt with regard to the expectation placed upon you as the CEO of your group. Further, you applied Katzenbach's reading well to your journal. Overall it was a good effort.

    However some rooms for improvement, the grammatical errors throughout made the reading marginally more difficult to follow, for example "i" instead of "I" and some commas in unnecessary places. Furthermore, it would be nice to explore the readings a bit more in depth and balance that with your personal opinion. 

    Good job overall