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’.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3-27
Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of Student Centered Learning, 2(1), 9-34.