This week I found myself in a bit of a dilemma having to prioritise my workload alongside my ‘decisions’ for mikes bikes – having not made the weekly group meetings it had left short sided into what was expected of me for the rollover. After reading Argyris (1991) ‘Teaching smart people how to learn” I quickly found myself being a ‘single loop” learner on how I’ve dealt with this course thus far – given my arts background the workload or assignments for that matter are entirely different compared to business school courses. This is where I found Argyris (1991) example of the thermostat relevant having only acquired the academic credentials of an Arts discipline (Criminology) that I’m currently getting the grips of the business side of things, hence me being interpreted as a thermostat switcher or ‘single loop’ learner.
Moving on later on the week ‘rollover’ day as head of Research and Development I was assigned to have the prime costs for our new products today. However, I had no idea personally on how to find this. I quickly jumped to conclusions as Argyris (1991) ‘explained having failed to learn from failure I became defensive’ when questioned from my peers in my group as to why I hadn’t produced the ‘prime costs’ on time. I started to put the blame anyone rather than myself (Single Loop). However, after taking a step back and reflecting on the problem I managed to build some sense on achieving the prime costs. Using Daudelin reflection third stage (Solution) I quickly skimmed through the mikes bikes manual to find the formula that is used to get the target ‘prime cost’ for new products.
Overall, this week I felt that if I disciplined myself more towards these new learning patterns. Hopefully I could become an effective ‘double loop learner’ instead of a thermostat switcher.
Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36–48
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15