After having my first attempt at journal, I was still unclear about the concept of Mikes Bikes simulation, and how it works. I spent hours to get an idea of Mikes Bikes, and was so relieved when shareholder’s value finally started to increase. Handing in CV was also a worry as I was not quite sure what kind of team I wanted, and what position I should take in the team. The only thing that I was absolutely sure about is that I am willing to communicate with the team members and be responsible for my given tasks, whatever they maybe.
“Teams are different. They require both individual and mutual accountability.” (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992, p.15)
From Katzenbach and Smith’s (1992) reading, I found that good communication does not lead to an effective team. This approach is completely different from ‘mutually accountable’. As I mentioned, I thought good communication skills would obviously help in a team environment, however accountability comes first. Additionally, there are interesting examples of organizations’ approach to perform a productive team performance, for example in firms such as Cosmo Products and Motorola. Katzenbach and Smith pointed that the mindset of “it’s not my job” is one of the common mistake in teamwork approach (1992). Most of us are very unfamiliar with the position for the team, except those very few students who already has stepped into a real business organization. Even though I have been selected as CFO, I am uncertain on this role as I did not volunteer for it in my CV. How do I take the team to accomplish our goal in financial account? This is the question I should ask myself before we make decisions on the project. This also will be the challenge every members in my team’s to survive in multi Mikes Bikes simulation and we all want to achieve our goals thus, it is one of the most important and fundamental problem to consider. Lastly refering to Katzenbach and Smith (1992), evaluating each other will also strengthen our team. We all are not sure what exactly our given roles are therefore the more we evaluate each other, the more we gain and develop as a team.
Overall, I looked at my personal thoughts regarding Katzenbach and Smith’s approaches to becoming an effective team. It really cleared my mind and all I need is a practice with my team and find out the best way to win through conflicts that we will be facing. The key point that I have to remember are accountability, think about each team members’ position as well as my position and constant evaluate each other.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27