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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


  1. Wonderful self reflection! As someone who worked for several years before coming to university I can tell you that I understand clearly why a university education is valued by employers even if the subject is not completely relevant to the job. There are so many tacit skills that you learn at university. You learn how to think critically about problems and about yourself. You learn how to manager your time. You learn that your abilities are far greater than you previously thought (as you're figuring out). The list goes on. I've grown more as a person during my three years at university than at any other time in my life (and I'm almost 30!). So, hats off to you for making this breakthrough. I have no doubt that you'll succeed at this class and the others you are taking. The important thing is to not give up! I hope to see you make more breakthroughs in your future learning journals. Make sure that you also reflect on the theories and how they pertain to what you've learned about management.

  2. That is an excellent 2nd journal. I have to say that I can relate to your experiences of getting bad marks in first year! This is a great reading journal as it has good flow and you linked the readings with your experience of the 2nd week really well. The only feedback that I can give you, is that you could possibly incorporate more of the reading into your journal or many other readings as well. By doing this, it would show Peter and the reviewers that you have a deeper understand of the course and the readings.

    Great Job!