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The simulation team is about to formed after this week. The real game is about to start! I am excited about my team. What will my team members are like? Are we having the same goal or expectations? What are their personality like? Will we cooperate well? What output will we get eventually? I believe we benefit more from organization rather than individual. However, team diversification leads both advantages and disadvantages to members. As our weekly reading mentioning ‘why teams matter?’ (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992) This question first came up when I saw this assessment on the course outline. I was thinking working on our own turns learning more efficient than working in teams. Last week we talked about reflective learning, and this week we talk about group work. It is no doubt that team outputs effectively as a whole, but it also proves that less cohesive group is difficult in terms of turning private knowledge to the advantage of their organization. Moreover, although tem members have various expectations, they need to achieve the same goal. Therefore a team expectations agreement is needed to set up rules and allocate responsibilities among team member (Oakley, Felder, Brent & Elhajj, 2004

 

The Mike's Bike simulation CV becomes a proper start for forming sufficient teams. We had to obtain at least $25 shareholder value in single player version. This ensures that we qualify for the coming group task in order to compete with other teams for the rest of semester. In my expectation, I am aiming to contribute to my team as much as I can. Moreover, hopefully our team will be having fluent interaction. Good communication skill considers being one important element for managerial role. Team working is not all about goal achievement but also significantly personality improvement and personal skill upgrading. Interaction between people expands existing knowledge and skills. You can learn new things from other people in different areas as you cannot learn everything by yourself! At this stage, our team has already set up the same goal ‘beat all other teams’. I hope we can also ‘learn from others’.

 

 

 

 

Reference:

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

Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teamsJournal of Student Centered Learning, 2(1), 9-34.

 

2 Comments

  1. Good start, I can see the basis for your reflection is starting is starting to take formation through your understanding of the readings. To help you create a fluent learning journal I suggest looking into Dauedlin's approach of reflection. For example reflect on your own experience of being in a team before, then talk about what a problem of teams would be, analyse it deeper through explaining your experience, then talk about possible hypothesis and finally your solution to the problem. I recommend looking at the running example in the reading from last week as this will show you how to form a good reflection. Also by reading your final journal out loud to yourself it will help you to pick up spelling and grammar faults. But overall I can see where you are going and have attempted to make a good start, good luck for the rest of your journals this semester (smile)

  2. Overall a good journal, I'm liking how you brought up the experience that you have had so far in the course. This was explained and written in a way that showed you had thought about this. One way you might like to improve on journals in the future is looking deeper into the readings so when mentioning certain ideas from them you can explain the meaning behind those ideas more thoroughly. This would help show a deeper understanding of the readings. However overall a well put together journal.