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It has been the closer for our company, we cannot function anymore. The rest of you have kind of obliterated our company (well done!) and we are now sitting without cash, waiting on a few hopes to dig us out of the ground, and thats the thing, we can get out of the ground, the question is more: which road shall we take??

This week started so painfully, we were informed that our company was insolvent. Not the best outcome from our long term stratergy, and with us not having class on Monday, we wanted to get it sorted as quickly as possible, but to coordinate 6 people is apparently a lot harder than ever thought. To get hold of, let alone remind group members of what to do proved a little difficult, but once again, my team of champs pulled through without any trouble. We did finally get to all meet up and solved so many issues, if there is one thing I can say about my team is that we are seriously cooperative! So to be fair, even though our company did not obtain at all what we had hoped for, we can still see light at the end of the tunnel. We have opportunities for cash and to rework our situation again, and for that I am very very grateful.

When looking at the readings, I reflected on the readings that we had done at the beginning of this paper, ones which talked about: how to be a good leader, and so on. Although these readings are very helpful, I think this week more than any, I can see how these specific roles are required, but my group integrates them so well. Specifically in the management department as my team are brilliant at making choices and ensuring that all points are heard before the final choice is made. Although we do have a working CEO, we work with choices on group level rather than a person who tells you how to work. Davies and Easterby-Smith talk in great deal about development in teams, and I feel that is the part that I can reflect on the most. My team has moved through so many situations together, there has been no singularing any out or laying blame on anyone, helping one another, the way it should be. Katz discusses skills appropriate to being an administrator, well to be really fair, I am pretty sure that my group has got the skills to work together, we may have not been able to execute what we needed from MikesBikes at the time, but we are surely a strong team. 

Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiencesJournal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x
Katz, R. L. (1955). Skills of an effective administratorHarvard Business Review, 33(1), 33--42.

4 Comments

  1. Review for Week08 Learning Journals

    Katy Kohut

    You haven’t really followed Daudelin’s steps very well. I do not understand what exactly you have learnt this week. Some ideas are present but you need to develop them more and concentrate on just one idea. E.g. ‘How to be a good administrator’.

    You have demonstrated some of Bloom’s Taxonomy (‘application’- relating theory to your experience) but only briefly. You should try questioning the theory and developing your ideas about the theory some more.

    In regards to the writing quality it okay to read, sometimes it was difficult to get pass all the commas.  You have referred to the authors of the theory used in your article but you haven’t done so correctly. You must use APA referencing when paraphrasing ideas which isn’t your own. E.g. ‘According to Katz (1955)……..’

    1. I tend to agree. 

      If Katy re-reads Daudelin, and follows her four-step process her learning journals would be more effective (and hopeful lead to more useful learning).

  2. Hi Katy,

    You had a nicely structured journal and I actually found it very easy to read and understand, so well done.

    You followed the first part of Daudelin's structure which is identifying the problem, which you have clearly done and defined in good detail, however analysing this issue, forming a hypothesis as to how to settle the problem, and explaining what action will be best to take from now hasn't been made too clear.

    You have done a good job at discussing your experiences with MikesBikes in the past week and you have discussed your dilemmas in detail however not much of this has been linked to the readings. It does not go unnoticed that you have actually mentioned the readings and did in fact link it to your experiences but only very briefly, and this is why I cannot grasp what it is that you have learnt.

    In your summative, take up more time on the actual theory and then make your links and question it if you can through following all steps in Daudelin's structure, that way I feel that you will be able to realize what it is that you have learnt and will therefore come to a conclusion (smile)

    All the best!

  3. This week started so painfully, we were informed that our company was insolvent.

    And you and your team seem to have put in the work to get over that.