After that awkward time frame where we zig-zagged around the lecture room in the effort of finding our groups, and where we pridefully introduced ourselves to the peers who we will be working with this entire semester; I started to think about an empowering statement from my previous entry that 'this is where the excitement begins!'. So, do I regret writing those words? Well...not entirely. Solo-mike was just not a walk on the beach for me. Why?
Firstly, skimming the instruction on wiki is not a good tactic to start with. I did not know that reaching $25 was a requirement until the beginning of the second week. Secondly, playing on solo-mike six hours straight will lead to brain malfunction (fried). The due date was drawing near so having no breaks was a good idea at the time. Lastly, doing it alone will only slowly take you to the finish line, but playing it with other class mates (management 300) will speed things up. This conclusion is why I think teams matter. Jon and Douglas defined teams as "a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable" (1992). Due to the fact that we had complementary skills (accounting, marketing, innovation and management) and we were committed to getting a share value of $25 or better, we were able to achieve our goal of reaching $25. However, we did not really hold each other accountable for our work, this was because we were marked individually on it. But it would be a different story if we were marked as a team (which will be the reality for the next ten weeks). In addition, our efforts to help each other also contributed to this accomplishment. Which is why I agree with Tryon Edward's statement that "thoroughly to teach another is the best way to learn for yourself" (Oakley, et al.,2004). I believe that our time in university is not only for us to learn from lecturers, tutors and professionals, but to also learn from each other. I also think that our responsibilities at university is not only to learn but to also teach. Yes I agree that weak students will tend to pull you down, but your weaknesses can become your strengths. Barbara, Richard, Rebecca ad Imad has brought to light a vital suggestion that not having "ability heterogeneity" in teams is not a bad thing, this allows the strong to help the weak and teaching will be of great benefit to the strong students as well (Oakley, et al.,2004). I am not saying this to challenge the change, but to change the challenge. (Meaning: my thoughts are not to change the decisions that have been made, but to change people's perspective about learning).
What am I going to do about it?
I think that working on MikesBikes as a team is a great way to learn: how to improve on solo-mike (thumbs up for me) but also to learn from each other (thumbs up for everyone). Therefore, I will need patience, time commitment and consideration of others to work well within a team. And not forgetting reading and understanding the wiki instructions thoroughly and taking breaks when there needs be.
What will be the end result?
I will leave that to my team. Only time can tell.
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.