To protect the innocent I will omit the major points of my week and instead focus on the readings and Tuesday lecture. Peter spoke with emphasis on goal congruence in relation to forming a good team, this echoed Katzenbach and Smith's claims that "We must hold ourselves accountable to the teams goals." (1992) This resonated in me as I find myself in a quandary of sorts, in my time at university I have learned a lot about myself, I'm supposedly an eagle, an accommodator, a high achiever, I'm relentless and intolerant of failure, so why are my grades so poor?
In my attempts to analyse my conundrum I believe I have happened the root of my problems, my bane. In my performance orientated mind, failure is death, so if I believe that I don’t have a chance I tend to totally avoid trying. The fear of failure is stopping me from progressing, I'd rather not attempt something than try and fail. As a fairly upbeat, against-the-odds, "there is no try" type person I am left with a resounding conclusion about myself. I am the master of my own demise.
A GPA of 2.5 due to a string of bottom drawer performance in stage one has left me with a hunger for improvement. Last week I decided to ensure I complete all tasks and readings long before they are due. This week I have decided that to be successful in my highly competitive team I will have to be concrete in the face of adversity. With a simulation like NetMike things can pedal downhill fast, will I step up? or will I flounder?
I have been given the role of Operations manager, without me and my digits of employees there are no bikes. Am I the person my team deserve? Only time will tell…
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27