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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.

 

4 Comments

    • Short but sweet. I thought you showed your view on doing reflection journals which is good, however, you then say "I may actually learn a totally new way of thinking through reflection" - just say what new way of thinking/how it will actually help you. You've just touched on it and then moved on to the next area.
    • I suggest using more from the readings in your journals as will give more depth to your journal. It may take you off on tangents but this will help with your journal reflection. 
    • Also remember these journals help build towards your end of semester journal worth 80% so if you have a decent amount written and your thoughts clearly set out every week then the end journal will be much easier.

    Overall a good journal that was easy to read. Well done 

  1. Review for Week02 Learning Journals by Scott Wong - 2651050

    Taniera Hikairo Manaia

    I like you how you have related this team based dynamic for Mikes Bikes with your sport experiences and it’s good how you followed Daudelin’s steps but you have done so very broadly. I think you can go into further detail in regards to your problem that you have for this week (Trusting others in your team and working in an academic team overall). You have identified the problem but haven’t really analysed it. You say you don’t trust others in regards to your marks but why do you feel this way? You could even go further asking yourself should I care about it? (Because Mikes Bikes is only 20% of your overall grade)

    Question yourself and the theory. Also reference list?? APA format!!

    On a positive note, this was very easy to read and I enjoyed reading it. 

  2. I actually really enjoyed reading your reflection! I like how you've talked about your own feelings and how you're skeptical about the whole random team selection thing and I personally feel the same way! Reflections are about writing about your own honest experiences from the week and I felt like you've done that in yours. One thing I also like is seeing someone not directly quote from the reading for once haha and actually talk about it without having to use a quote. Three things I think you could work on:

    1. Referencing, I'm not sure which referencing style this is? There's plenty of resources which could help you if you don't understand which type of referencing to use.
    2. Use Daudelin's reflection process as a guideline each time you do your reflections because not only does it help the reader understand what you're writing about but it also helps you get a more clear understanding about what the problem is and what you're going to do about it (smile)
    3. And lastly I think just focus a little more on the action/solutions part of reflection writing, what are you going to do about the problem you have talked about? What the ways you could solve it? This relates to the physical solution side of things.

    Other than the feedback I gave to you, I think you've done well for the second week and I love how easy your reflection was to read! (smile) good luck!

  3. I really enjoyed reading your journal. I completely sympathise with you about investing trust in other people in your group who will essentially determine your grade. I too have this same reservation. However, I think we need to embrace it, take it as an opportunity to lead our teams and make sure that our bitterness doesn't lead to the demise of our team and consequently, our GPA's. I think your discussion about interpersonal skills was very valid and soundly backed up with evidence from the readings. Great job!