Week two has been interesting to say the least. Developing our understanding of Mikes Bikes and building the foundation of what is meant to be a collaborative team has presented both challenges and insights into what I value. I have drawn more value by reflecting on our MikeBikes process, therefore I will focus on this in an attempt to reach the higher level of Blooms Taxonomy, as opposed to drawing on learning experiences around the topic of team formation.
When given the task to individually learn MikesBikes, and in a similar case to playing Monopoly, I was competitive to say the least. After leaning that a SHV over $100 was attainable the standard was set. However instead of thinking about it as maximizing SHV I approached it as a calculation that I was attempting to understand. I approach the simulation holistically targeting things that I look for in a strong business (eg: indications of businesses confidence in it’s future as well as tangible results). To put is plainly, similar to a child playing Superman, I was Reuben playing CEO.
When I changed my strategy of thinking, I was reminded of what I like to do. I love understanding a system, understanding the intricacies of what makes it tick and then being able to manipulate the outcome. In reality, that’s what a business is, just a big system of relationships and decisions. Despite a touch of guilt, I can’t help but being more satisfied with my efforts, knowing others found the task difficult. It is only now, and upon reflection, that I realize my confidence in my ability to achieve my life goals of building and leading a large companies and my results in the MikesBikes simulation are inextricably linked. I realize now that this task wasn’t simply another assignment. This was personal. My motivation was slightly discounted by ‘student thinking’ around how the task wasn’t worth marks and the thought that I shouldn’t attain too high of a score for fear of being used to bring the average score of a low scoring team up. Despite this, I now realize that my self-efficacy (for my life goals) hung on my ability to do the best in the class.
This is the type of enthusiasm I want to create in my classes and in my career. If I can link a task to my assumptions of my self-concept, motivation is no longer an issue and failure is no longer an option. I intend to explore and foster this linkage in the coming months and I’m excited to see the result.