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