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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.

 

References:

Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15

2 Comments

  1. Looking back reading my own journal and critiquing it, there are definitely quite a few things i know i need to improve on. I feel like reading back over it, you can tell i ran out of time. Which i did. So firstly overall i think i need to put more time and effort into the journal.

    I feel like i have followed the overall structure enough but on each individual step there is room for a lot of improvement and more analysis. Firstly for next week i would like to deeper analyze the problem because in this week i now realize there are a lot of gaps where i found my self further questioning what i was saying. For example i could of elaborated into why focusing on others actions rather than our own hinders our groups learning. Also i could of explained the readings ideas on defensive reasoning because i mentioned it without little explanation.

    I also would like myself to critique the readings next week as i have done in other weeks. Questioning the theories and how they match/relate to my own experiences will help me reach a higher level of thinking. And if they don't necessarily match my experiences then this also should be discussed. Overall there is a need for a lot more critique and discussion in my learning journals.

     

  2. I totally agree with everything you have said so far, although we keep trying to move forwards, we do it by pushing our objectives and strategy in attempts that it will push us further forward than our competitors, who are honestly making the simulation their own game. A critical analysis of how we strategise, comprehend the data and actually make strategy that isn't just fundamentally built on optimism which I feel very responsible for. It seems we are always so close to breaking through yet it also feels that we are two steps behind, especially looking at the decisions other teams are making for the following rollovers. I think this week will be the week for a critical analysis of how we approach the simulation and each other and grant a realist perspective and focus on a very liberalist view we have applied so far. 

    I can also honestly say that it irks me as well, and I have just as much fervor to overcome our faults and create a a strong inter-team dimsension as well as a strong buisness in the simulation.