After the troubles I was having this week, the readings perfectly applied. Just when I think I am getting a hold on this game, it throws me a curve ball and tells me, no not quite yet. To be honest the mistakes and assumptions I made about this game was just plain stupid. I feel like every time I figure out how it all works and how to master it I am proved wrong. Which I definitely was this week. I feel like our team is constantly just slightly behind the ball and it irks me. However our team is not doing bad, we are just doing average, but is average good enough?
I feel like our team is definitely starting to fall into the defensive reasoning the reading talks about (Argyris, 1991). We are making up excuses about why we are doing average instead of actually trying to overcome our difficulties. We are also as the reading mentions turning our focus away from our own behaviour and to the behaviour of other companies, as the reading suggests this brings our teams learning to a stop (Argyris, 1991). We constantly are talking about how there are teams below us doing so badly that it will make it easier for us to go ahead. I also feel like we are sometimes slightly over positive, overly enthusiastic and over confident about the decisions we are making. I do just wish sometimes we would stop and really critically analyse more parts of the game. I think some of the reasons this may be happening is because none of us have had much time for this game, which has meant little research being done into our roles and decisions. This little time has also meant we have only been having two meetings a week and I feel like this is starting to disadvantage us.
So where to go from here? The reading offers some insights into how to avoid this defensive reasoning. First of all it suggests to make the managers aware of this defensive reasoning (Argyris, 1991). The reading suggests that this should encourage the learning process and hopefully stop it from being stopped by this defensive reasoning. Awareness is the key as the reading suggests that it will make people realize the inconsistencies between their actions and expectations (Argyris, 1991). This is important for my team as I feel like maybe if we are aware of our over positivity, perhaps we will finally be able to start doing better than average by avoiding defensive reasoning.
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15