This week has perhaps been one of the most stressful weeks in my university experience yet. The debate of whether to stay together as a group or be split apart finally ended on Wednesday morning with our first rollover to be held on Thursday (today). I find myself behind in behind in my three other subjects due to both the time and energy spent on this course and on MikesBikes. I realize I only have myself to blame but the repercussions of what seemed like a harmless act at the time, (placing ourselves in the same team) has been full of challenges. The results whilst favorable have left many other teams reporting they have no motivation to win, rather to beat us or even worse take us down. But it makes me question whether this scrutiny is fair. When the class was offered who wanted to help form the teams, it was us who volunteered to do so. We all had the chance of doing this but only we volunteered. Until yesterday everybody in the team was too scared to spill strategy in the event that we would be separated. As I said, it has been stressful.
“When you have disciplined people you don’t need heirachy. When you have disciplined thought you don’t need bureaucracy. When you have disciplined action you don’t need need excessive controls. Whenyou combine a culture of discipline with an ethnic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great performance“ (Collins, 2005, p.p.141). A quote which so far has accurately described our team, we have all spent many hours, probably totaling days now on mikesbikes learning the effects of every variable, reading every manual out there, every tip sheet, talking to every personal possible to put ourselves ahead. We as a team have honestly worked very hard and our core goal of winning remains.
Collins(2005) has made me reflect on the process we went through for team formation and distributing of roles within the teams. This process was largely based on goal alignment and ideal job based on individual preference. Those who wanted to be CEO were generally made CEO but of the people put in power, do they have the ability and humility to be a leader?
The ability to control and the ability to lead are conflicting at their core. As seen from past experiences those who generally take charge are the outspoken ones, the people who have their own mission in mind, the extent to which they have humility I wouldn’t know. I in fact was one of these people, I snapped up the possibility of chosing teams as soon as it was provide. My resulting group is very top heavy but still determined. I have never really considered myself as someone of power nor a follower, and in all honesty haven’t given much thought to humility either. I find myself at conflict with the idea that personal ambition lies at odds with humility.
So it leaves me questioning, can our “good” company become a great one? I guess only the remanding rollovers will tell.
Collins, J. C. (2005). Level 5 leadership: the triumph of humility and fierce resolve. Harvard Business Review, 83(7/8), 136--146