This week with Management 300 can be easily summed into one word. Skeptical. Initially I met the course with a feel of excitement. This excitement was largely derived from the fact that I may actually learn a totally new way of thinking through reflection. An opportunity which we are robbed of in almost every other course we enter. However, this week centred largely around this guy called Mike. Mike and his Bikes was an interesting experience for me, and I was intrigued as to how we were going to approach this on a team scale. The large skepticism I have is that so much of my end of year mark is on the shoulders of other people. While I have always enjoyed working in teams, I don't particularly enjoy investing my trust into others who I have been arbitrarily thrown into a team with.
While this all sounds rather morbid, I began to think about how my team could, at least, give ourselves the best chance of doing well. At the end of the day, teams are everywhere. In the workplace, in sports, and now in my current University course. This, I found, was an interesting thought process. It led me to apply this team thinking from sports (which I am much more comfortable with) into this particular course. Within the reading 'Why Teams Matter', Katzenbach and Smith (1992) discuss complimentary skills. Namely, technical or functional skills, problem solving or decision making skills and interpersonal skills. I felt this genuinely summed up a list of skills that I could take from the sports field and apply here. This for me was more comforting outlook. Technical skills are needed in Mikes Bikes, in being familiar with the intricacies and details in balancing all the decisions that must be made. Furthermore this works closely with the goal of solving problems, while the interpersonal skills are important when dealing with and making team decisions. This is not all too unfamiliar in other team jobs in other aspects of my life.
Overtime I think building the interpersonal skills between teammates will be key in helping, at least myself, to find more comfort in the whole process.