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 To live is not to learn, but to apply. ”

— Legouvé

 

 

Just a food for thought to start my second journal entry. So I guess, that means to live is to apply what we learn. Which I think is how this course is structured- applying what we learn. Anyway, on to my entry…

 

I have read this article in the Entrepreneur website about ‘3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams’ by Gwen Moran (2013) and I thought that it might be a great idea to talk about this in relation to the lecture and to how our (MikesBikes) teams are being established/created in this course.

 

So one of the ingredients she mentioned was having a “clear direction” (Moran, 2013) - “sometimes companies are in such a hurry to move on their projects that they pull together groups of people without first deciding on the goals and desired outcomes, says Spoon in his book, Team Renaissance: The Art, Science and Politics of Great Teams (2013)” (Moran, 2012) Moran goes on and explains that if teams don’t know what they have to accomplish or have no knowledge of the desired outcome out of the project, it will be impossible for the team to succeed and to get the right people/team to work together. (2013) So in relation to the team formation process that Prof. Peter Smith formulated, it is almost 90% sure (at least for me) that it will work out. His strategy was well thought of. The CVs that we had to fill up in will help the team formation process easier as people that share the same goals will know and have a clear direction of what they would want to achieve in this group project.

 

The next ingredient is “efficient practices.” “Once the teams know what they want to achieve, the next step is to look at the best way to proceed with the work, Spoon says. Look at the workflow and resources available to help you understand the scope of the project and what support the team will need to be successful.” (Moran, 2013) Well, I guess this is where our practice for MikesBikes relates. Prof. Smith made us practice the simulation, as this will be one of the resources that we have to use in order to succeed as a team, as each member needs to be familiar with it and gives us the idea of how light/heavy the workflow is.

 

The last ingredient is “defined roles.” “Roles might shift somewhat once the team is assembled, but understand the skill sets and thinking styles are needed on the team… A successful team starts with a purpose and good structure before anything else.” (Moran, 2013) This is why we were given the chance to pick what role we might want to fill in our CVs, as it is important that each of us know what our responsibilities are and what we have to do as a member of a team.

 

To conclude this entry, “the best teams invest a tremendous amount of time and effort exploring, shaping and agreeing on a purpose that belongs to them both collectively and individually.” (Katzenbach, Smith. 1992) That is why we have team meetings in order to gather our ideas and know what our purpose is and to share that purpose to one another. Thus, it is very important that each member of the team share the same purpose in order to succeed on being the “A-Team" also as suggested by Peter himself, having the same goals or purpose is one the essential ingredients in having a successful team. 

 

Resources:

Moran, Gwen. (2013 March 13) 3 Ingredients for Building Effective Teams. Retrieved from http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226063

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

2 Comments

  1. Overall a very good journal, it is interesting that you brought other readings to support your journal, however i think there is still some room for improvement. It seems to me that the author is focusing too much on one article, By connecting both article together i think it not only show a deeper understanding of the article but also creates a concrete experience for you to absorb in. For example, clear direction can be relate to the theory of shaping a common purpose. 

  2. I enjoyed reading your journal, it was a well written reflection.  I can notice that you were really engaged with the reading resources for this week. Your entry was very descriptive in terms of exemplifying this week events. 

    In terms of the readings, it was nice that you used other readings to give your entry more content and validity, and great analysis on the key points that you mention along your reflection.

    In terms of things that you could improve, it would be nice if next time you reflect more on your personal experiences and interactions during the week. 

    However, it was nice to read your journal, looks like by the end of this course, your reflective journals will be more and more interesting to read.