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Another rollover in MikesBikes and another decrease in shareholder value... The last few rollover's have not gone as planned what so ever; each one becomes a little more frustrating and a little more draining. At this point in the simulation I am starting to feel quite demotivated and I am just hoping that the MikeBikes simulation will be over; however, failure is one of the best times to learn valuable lessons, so I am going to continue to push through and hopefully discover some very useful realizations to help improve my summative learning journal in the end!

In the mean time I want to discuss out weekly reading, "How will you measure your life?" by Christensen (2010). I thought this was a very interesting read and an appropriate way to end the semester. Christensen come across as a very impressive man, both in his career and his understanding of what is important in life. I think one of the most powerful characteristics for not just business, but for life in general, is humility. I was very happy to see that Christensen addresses this in his article. I have always loved the quote knowing your weakness can be your greatest strength. It was a little bit of a daunting process for this weekly reflection journal to really think about where I as a person am weak, and how my team was weak. I hope to incorporate this into my reading journal because I think knowing where I can improve will be crucial for the learnings that I can takeaway from this course. 

One thing that really stood out to me in Christensen's article was "if your attitude is that only smarter people have something to teach you, your learning opportunities will be very limited" (Christensen, 2010). This is something that I was lucky enough to learn a few years back and something  I hold close to my heart. When I read this quote and think of the word 'smart' I initially just think of someone who has a high IQ. This made me think though and I realized that I find it very difficult to define what a 'smart' person is. I know many people that can solve a four page calculus proof but cannot hold it together for a comfortable conversation. Then there are people on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, who cannot put together a proper sentence on paper but live a very simple and incredibly joyful life. What makes one smarter than the other? I think this idea is what makes that quote so entirely true; there are so many different kinds of intelligence and every person in this world has gone through different experiences. This then, means that everyone out there has something to teach you.

 

References 

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

2 Comments

  1. Your journal was very lucid and enjoyable to read. I think you nailed the reading, great review of it! Its also great to see that even though you are not doing too well in mikes bikes and you have admitted that you are starting to feel quite demotivated, you still remembered that you have your summative journal to write and are still preparing yourself for that. You aren't letting anything get in your way!

    Now that you have worked in a group, would you do it again or are you more of an individual worker? If you are in a group again would you be a leader or a follower and what initiatives would you implement. what skills are valuable to you, what kind of employees would you be looking for in your group? After this course do you still want a business career? these are some of the things you could now think about to find out what your ideal career would be, or what you want to do in the future. This course helped me to realize what kind of things i might be interested in doing, that I didn't realize before. It was definitely a course that was unique and it taught me things and made learning more effective for me. Maybe it did the same for you?

    It seems as if you have learnt a lot, have picked up many different people's perspectives which you can now talk about in your summative and this is what made your journal reach the higher stages of Daudelin's framework. I did learn things when reading your journal.

    Anyway sorry for my rant, good luck for final rollover and stay motivated and positive your almost done, i think most people know exactly how you feel.

     (smile)  

  2. Hey Dolf, once again I found your journal enjoyable to read and you were really able to clearly engage with the reading. I totally understand the motivation issues that come from bad roll-overs it is something I struggled with too. In terms of your journal structure, I'd recommend clearly following the Daudelin structure in your summative so that there is a clear distinction between problem, articulation and hypothesize. I am presuming your problem was the motivation element and if you expand on this you will have a very good basis for your summative. In terms of articulation you mentioned about identifying your weakness, I wonder how you might do so and what you may do to overcome them? I really liked your interpretation of the reading and the idea that everyone has something to teach, it would be interesting to hear what you have learnt form your team and how your mikesbikes experiences has changed your reflection processes.

    You have elements which could make a really good summative, however I would really recommend re-reading the Daudelin article as this will help you break down the elements to ensure you are creating the depth needed in the critical analysis.

    Wishing you all the best for the final week!