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This week was the most stressful out of all the weeks gone through because it felt like I got slapped in the face by reality. I know it seems a long time coming however, this week was the first real rollover and my team put in over 4 hours of teamwork as well as hours of individual preparation which altogether resulted in argument and productivity. Not to give away anything but basically my team decided to take a risk which resulted in a lot of indecision and conflict just because of trying to predict the unexpected. In this case the unexpected would be what all the other teams decide to do which would in turn affect our decisions which just manifests in trepidation.

In the Charting you Company¿s Future reading the main point that stuck out to me was that of a company making a strategic plan in order to ensure success (Kim & Mauborgne, 2002). I think this is applicable to our team because for our first rollover every decision we made had to be considered for what effect it would have in the long run. I do not find this week¿s rollover reflective of who will come out on top, only because I assume like my team every other team has followed the advice out of this reading to have a strategic plan.  This reading also intersects with the Magretta (2002) reading in that it is focussed on the outcomes of having/or not having a business plan which I know from our practice rollovers is crucial to success. In our practice rollovers we had no plan for the second rollover, rather we just kept trying in the offline mode till we came out with the best result and then used it which completely disregarded for the second one. Thank goodness though that we have learnt from this mistake and this week spent time figuring out the results that will happen for the next few weeks.

Now is the time where all our preparation is shown and hopefully the hard work we have put in will be shown in our capitalisation for the weeks to come.

References:

Kim, W. C. & Mauborgne, R. (2002). Charting your company¿s future. Harvard Business Review, 80(6), 76--83

Magretta, J. (2002). Why business models matter. Harvard Business Review, 80(5), 86---92

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to review your learning journal. The main thing of which you have demonstrated learning is the importance of preparing a long term strategic plan. You have followed Daudelin's framework for reflection quite well by demonstrating a problem you had with the practice roll overs and then showing how you learned to solve that problem in the first rollover. The highest level of Bloom's taxonomy demonstrated in this journal is application. This was done when you said "Thank goodness though that we have learnt from this mistake and this week spent time figuring out the results that will happen for the next few weeks". You should, however, show how the course content helped you to get an alternative view on the problem and therefore helped you solve it in order to better follow Daudelin's advice for learning journals. Thank you for sharing your work, it has helped me improve my own learning journals by showing the importance of relating to experience rather than just theory from the readings.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to review your learning journal. The main thing of which you have demonstrated learning is understanding and stating the importance of having a strategic plan set out for your company. In regards to Kolb's cycle you have demonstrated some active experimentation by using the main point of the readings which was to have a strategic plan and putting that into practice. The highest level of Bloom's taxonomy demonstrated in this journal is application. This was done when you said "I think this is applicable to our team because for our first rollover every decision we made had to be considered for what effect it would have in the long run." This journal could be improved by trying to display more steps of Kolb's cylce of abstract conceptualization which means being able to create concepts that integrate observations into logically sound theories which would elevate this journal to show a better understanding of the concept. Thank your for sharing your work, by evaluating my own work I have come to realise what is needed for me to progress in my learning.