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Being a good listener is a important skill when making decisions, by taking in more information in you are able to view from someone else's vantage point, which can allow you to have more options when making a decision. Asking questions proactively is also another important skill when working as a team and during decision making, and shows team commitment, however it is important to ask the right question, which is, something that is open ended and can be followed up, which leads to more options and conclusions in the end. During team sessions for the simulation people may hesitate to ask questions, whether it is due to the person being egocentric, apathetic, overconfident or afraid asking the wrong questions which might leave others to perceive the person as incompetent. The thing about team tasks in University is about learning from each other through the whole process and ultimately picking up something useful at the end. If you don't ask when working with other people, then you won't get any benefits from the entire process. 


This course has weekly journals every week, combined with other coursework, it consumes a lot of time and energy, especially for those who have work commitments outside of University. People tend to have issues with time management, but little has considered about managing your energy. By keeping yourself at a more energetic state allows you to perform better, having adequate nutrition, exercise, sleep and rest helps replenish you, and hence you can do better in everything. 


BROOKS, A. W., & JOHN, L. K. (2018). The Surprising Power of Questions. Harvard Business Review96(3), 60–67. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=129192448&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review85(10), 63–73. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=26555015&site=ehost-live&scope=site


2 Comments

  1. Hi Samuel

    I'm sorry to say but i'm struggling to see what your learning journal is about this week.  I don't see you mentioning any problem you are having, which is needed for effective learning to take place.  Furthermore, are the facts mentioned about questions and energy actually referencing a problem you are personally amongst your team?  Because it seems to me your not talking about your self (first person), instead you are just talking about a problem that could happen in the future or someone else (third person).  Also your references, you have not included citations, so I don't know what your referencing and what word is yours.  For your learning journal to be effective each week there needs to be a problem, what has caused that problem and possible solutions you could put forward to fix the problem.  A good place to start is to use Daudelin's 4-step learning process.  Your other references should be used in conjunction with this learning process.

    These journals will help you write and structure you final learning journal worth 80% of the grade, so I would definitely recommend making sure your journals show effective learning in order to write the best journal you can at the end of the semester.

    I hope this helps you improve your learning journal the coming weeks.

    All the best for the coming rollovers.

    Kind Regards,

    Max.

  2. I hope I don't get into trouble for writing so little. However Max has really hit everything I was intending to say. This journal speaks very hypothetically and sort of provides your review of the course and university team projects on the whole. What it does not do is provide insight into a specific learning you've had this past week.