It’s Friday, and all I can think about right now is – what the heck has been thrown at me this week?! It’s only week two and I’m already pondering on the existence I have within this class. I’m filled with an array of mixed emotions i.e yay to the fact that we no longer have lectures anymore, or what the heck? How are we supposed to fend for ourselves until the end of the semester? I mean to be quite honest I’ve never really had to apply myself to a subject so much before.
There are a few things that stood out to me in regards to what I have learnt this week. One of them being – ‘in order to achieve something to the best of my ability, I simply need to put the time and effort in.’ As obvious as that sounds, I really did feel the “last-minute” wrath when it came to completing the mikes bikes section for the CV. I underestimated this task and I believe that it’s probably the most demanding thing I’ve done since I’ve been at University. Katzenbach and Smith (1992) talk about people within teams not pulling their own weight. In light of this, if I were to carry on with my “last-minute” habits, then already I have caused an environment of conflict, and I’m seriously not going to be “that person” who let’s the whole team down because of their lazy-minded thinking. Secondly, Katzenbach and Smith (1992) explain that goal diversity is a factor towards conflict when being apart of a team. This leads to my disappointment in regards to how the teams were chosen. I have been put into a good group, but we’re the only team within the class that doesn’t have a CEO? Yes, the person who runs the whole company. We do not have one. That’s already an added pressure onto what already seems to be a demanding course. I could sit and mope about it, but I guess that’s just a taste of what the real world is like. Not everything is going to be in your favour. What I took out of this problem is that we all had similar goals. And if what Katzenbach and Smith say about goal diversity being problematic, then there shouldn’t really be any problems within my group as we are all working towards a similar objective.
Reflecting upon what I have experienced in Mgmt 300 this week, I know now that I have no time to waste, and although the heavy workload is just beginning, I’m determined to push through right to the end.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27