This week’s challenge for me was finding out how much more we wanted to expand as a business (especially since that is my role!). At least that is what I thought my journal writing topic was going to be. Turns out when I raised the question with the group, and when a multitude of other questions came up – we were able to solve them calmly. This week’s journal is more about an observation then an actual problem.
I have realised that we have evolved as a team. Greiner (2010) says that a team is not built from outside forces, rather it is built from its history. I believe for our team, it is a bit of both. We had a massive set back at the start of the term (outside force) but we managed to ride the storm and strengthen as a team (history). Personally I also feel that I have come to know my team mates better, I understand how they like to communicate, their work styles and when it is best to leave them to their own devices. This kind of learning can only come with history or experience.
In The Surprising Power of Questions , Brooks & John (2018) talks about the potential of ‘questions’ to unlock learning and interpersonal bonding. Have I been asking the right questions? I actually think not. Looking back on this journey so far I think I should have asked more. Our biggest challenge is coming in the next two weeks, can we ride this spur of success we have had over the last two weeks? I believe in order to do so we cannot just rely on the fact that we are comfortable with each other now and are able to solve problems. We cannot become complacent. More questions need to be asked.
I know this journal is not very ‘Daudelin’ structured for those reading. I am sorry about that. My next journal will be about how I don’t like to be constrained, and how to solve this problem!
Brooks, A. W., & John, L. K. (2018). The surprising power of questions. Harvard Business Review, 96(Issue 3, p60-67. 8p. 2 Color Photographs), 60–67.
Christensen, Clayton M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7), 46–51.
Greiner, Larry E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations grow. Harvard Business Review, 50(4), 37–46.