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Learning Journal Week-02

So the second week of Management 300 is over, and though I am still very intimidated by the content in this course I’m actually getting excited to see how everything pans out in terms of mikes bikes and my group, which are the two things I really want to talk about in this learning journal.

When I got Mikes Bike I completely underestimated it by so much, which I regret because I may have left it to the last minute (which I’m fast learning in this course that you can’t do). What I thought was going to be an hour or two of fun and games turned into 8 hours of sitting down, reading and attempting to learn the simulation inside and out to at least attempt to get a my SHV to actually increase, and when I finally finished figuring out a strategy my SHV finally went up instead of decreasing like it had been for the past few hours. It was safe to say that I was extremely happy, the main reason I committed to hard to get my SHV over $25 was because I was afraid of getting a bad team (which no one wants). I’m really happy with my progress in Mikes Bikes (I’ve managed to get a fairly high SHV in a few rollovers) and it has just shown me that putting in a lot of effort produces great rewards.

The process of being put into teams was daunting and confusing all at the same time. I was nervous, scared and panicked about what my team was going to be like, who was going to be in it and if they were going to share the same goals as me. Katzenbach and Smith (1992) states that “real teams develop the right mix of complementary skills necessary to do the teams job” which I was afraid my team would not have. I strongly agree with the statement, especially after experiencing how complementary skills can actually create the best teams in my previous courses. I believe that if the skills each member possesses in a team do not complement each other, though you may not fail, you are least likely to do well. As I met my group I soon found that I was please and very happy with who I was teamed up with. We all complement each other and can communicate very well to each other which is another huge factor in success in a team, Oakley, Felder, Brent, and Elhajj (2004) all state that communication skills is one of the top attributes employers look for when hiring, and I am thankful that my group can do this so easily and so soon.

Reflecting back on the first two weeks of this course I’m happy with my decision in choosing this class, I’m still very nervous for all the work ahead of me but I am so happy with my team and the progress I have made in Mikes Bikes.

References:

Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27

Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Sophie

    I'm glad to see the use of the Daudelin model as well as your own reflection of the weeks impact to resolution.

    In future journals it would be beneficial to see a critique of not only your own reflection, and why you think the way you do (which is absent from this week) but also a critique of the readings themselves.

    Otherwise, I look forward to seeing future reflections regarding your personal experiences with struggles that we all can identify with (smile) 

  2. I too underestimated MikesBikes and I am glad you had figured it out at the end! It goes to show that setting your mind and effort into something actually pays off at the end. I think most of the class had a similar experience when getting put into teams. Overall your reflection shows an understanding of this weeks reading and I enjoyed how you added personal experiences in your writing. It shows that you're evaluating your progress and applying it to what we have learnt throughout the weeks. For future journals, go more in depth of the concepts we have learnt and critique them accordingly. Well done for this weeks reflection and good luck for the rest of the semester!