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This weeks learning was useful. From the reading "Charting your company's future", I learned about keeping strategy and tasks simple - which allows for creative expression and flexibility for your workers.

I decided to put this into practice throughout the week. Firstly in our group decision making class - wednesday, we decided to stick to our original, simple plan, after some suggestions made by the lecturer. Keeping the task simple was effective, we weren't blown by the wind, and from a personal reflective point of view, we really gained success and focus within the team. I enjoyed using this simplicity approach to business, and I can see easily how it can be used in many other organizational senarious.

Not only this, but I've been using it in simple context. In conversations, reducing my words used, reducing my time spent talking, and gathering a concise, perfected wording or conversation to speak before opening my mouth, it actually helps me gain success in conversation. Upon reflection, this is similar to our lecturer, which I've noticed also waits before speaking. This ensures a better argument, the ability to reflect before speaking, and allowing a sense of gathering or collectivism within the group conversation. This was also backed up by the use of pausing in conversation being highly commended in the weeks Toast-masters lecture/seminar.

As a resource, I can see easily how this will help me in my future. Future business interviews, CV's, mangerial meetings and so forth, keeping things simple really requires less work on the mentoring side of things, and also allows others to have a clearer or broader level to work with which will allow them to become more expressive within the organizational task. I can see how lack of information could be an interesting senario, as some senarios or serious situations require detail, but I'm confident this tactic will be used effectively and correctly as nessisary.

I've enjoyed this weeks work, currently approaching a dragons den for the Activate/Aiesec group assignment and we are presenting to a group of feedback givers, which may be challenging. Upon reflection, i've realized that the less information, the better. Simply because what they're looking for is consistancy within our work, therefore if we give too much info, there's a chance firstly for information to overlap, secondly more information to be nit picked, and thirdly the chance of getting two things spoken that clash. - We have also kept our written work simple to allow us to become flexible toward the ending or nearer the time of the event as circumstancial changes arise.

Looking forward to this class, and hope all goes well in the challenge of the group work.

Ethan Rasmussen

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

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to review your learning journal. The main thing of which you have demonstrated learning is your approach to the notion of reflection, and how reflection can be used in the practical world, for example you talk about how reflecting before talking or deciding something, you can make more effective arguments. You have outlined how by reflecting in the real world you can gain success by using such themes.

    You haven't quite followed Daudelin's recommended approach, by failing to do this you haven't quite maximized your reflection process and it can begin to hinder on the overall learning process. You have based most of your journal entirely on experience. You need to articulate more distinctive problems, and then attack that problem by formulating a variety of different theories. Ask yourself more questions, take a critical approach to it and then the way you implement an action will be more reflective. Doing that would be a much more effective way of going about reflection, rather than just simply saying you need to reflect before you speak, because you can formulate a better argument.

    The highest level of Bloom's taxonomy demonstrated is application. You show clear signs of knowledge, and comprehension, and you have clearly applied this when you applied the notion of reflection before speaking to your own experiences. You begin to touch upon the analyze step of the taxonomy. You have done this by establishing problems such as future business reviews, CVs etc., but I feel as though you haven't quite gone into enough detail. If you began to elaborate more and go into more depth you can perhaps begin to break the learning barrier, and reach the higher level of learning as suggested by Bloom.

    In regards to improvement, I think if you gave another read of Bloom's taxonomy, you can recognize the stages required to maximize the learning process. You could bring in more depth, and more detail and try to push the learning barrier. 

    Thanks for your learning journal this week, you have gone into some points which I have not began to think about at this point in the course. You ability to apply what you have learnt can be very useful in my own journal when I come to tackling the steps of Blooms Taxonomy.