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The last practise rollover was finally done, it wasn't all we had hoped for gaging from the success we had in our first week. Although we only dropped 4 places, it would of been awesome to stay second or even increase our placing. Looking back at this, we did not put the same amount of effort in our second rollover as we did our first, unfortunately our increase in SHV took the brunt of that. That is in the past now, we have the task of the competitive rollovers to look forward too. Again using Daudelin (1996) to help reflection of the previous week, the problem we are encountering is wanting to get done before the 6:00 mark and wanting to head home, which I am guilty of. 

The thought of finishing early is a pleasuring idea but putting work second will not help our SHV or the teams dynamics which needs time to settle and get used to now that we are sticking to our own roles and mostly being in charge of our own factions of Mikes Bikes. Finding a motivating point for each of our team members to encourage myself and the rest of the team to want to work till 6:00 and get everything that needs to be trialed or tweaked done is tough. Looking at myself, I’m motivated by seeing constant improvement in myself and my teammates. I believe reiterating to myself that the extra effort will be worth it in the long run will help with this.

We can also use this first week as a hard learning curb. As stated in Buchanan (2006), that risk is an inescapable part of every decision. Learning from these taken risks will be what defines the success of our team.

To set a goal for myself for the on-coming week, I want to be more on top of Mikes Bikes and all of the added financial features to help promote success and contribute where I can within the team.

References:

Buchanan, L & O’Connell, A. (2006). A Brief History of Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, 84(1), 32-41.

Daudelin, M. W. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational Dynamics, 24(3), 36–48


3 Comments

  1. hi,

    good job for the third learning journal! i can see you understanding for reading and learning from that. also, i can see your problem (increase in SHV took the brunt of that) in second rollover. however, you find a way that stated in Buchanan (2006), it is a good function to make the company well. looking forward to your next learning journal! anyway, good job, keeping doing that!

    cheers,


  2. Callum Johnson , I think you need more structure in your learning journal. You say you are using Daudelin's framework, but I think you can afford to be more explicit in doing that. Jump straight in with your problem statement — there is no need to warm your audience up or to set the scene in a learning journal.

    For example, go through the "first stage of reflection, articulation of a problem, [that] defines the issue that the mind will work on during the process of reflection. It is often preceded by what John Dewey calls “a state of doubt, hesitancy, perplexity, or mental difficulty.” The clear articulation of a problem is often an insight in itself, and rewarding to the manager who has struggled to identify a vague sense of discomfort or dissatisfaction." (Daudelin, 1996, p. 40). Then you can write your first (short paragraph) as to the problem you are addressing.  Is the problem your team's ranking; the absolute number that is your SHV. Or something else. Rather, you seem to jump to an explanation and solution all in the first paragraph (that it is because you went home before 6:00). There is little or no analysis, hypothesis/theorising in your learning journal to support that conclusion. (indeed, many/most teams ... including the one at the top of the scoreboard went home before 6:00).

    Overall, I'm suggesting you need to be much more rigorous in your application of Daudelin's framework if you want to produce robust learnings.

  3. Hey,

    This journal was a very pleasant read and I enjoyed how you incorporated the readings into your journal. Its good to see that you are noticing that a desire to finish early is affecting your SHV and this means that you should be able to adjust in the following weeks in order to do better in the simulation. I think a way in which you could have improved your journal would have been to explain on your issues in order for us as the readers to gain a deeper understanding of the problem faced during the week. Overall, great stuff!

    Cheers