This week was pretty stressful, I must admit. It's quite hard, because honestly I had a hard time trying to figure out what decisions to make and how to make them. Glad to have helpful teammates and useful resources (i.e. the manual and help button in the simulation). This project is definitely one of a kind and it's something that's very new to me. It's very very challenging in my opinion, mostly because I've never done something like it and the role that I'm playing now is very new to me as well. This is and this will be a very great learning experience for me and for all of us for sure. Good luck everyone and all the best to your teams!
With that said, I'm now going to talk about my role as a follower. In the Kelley (2001) reading, he mentions "some potentially effective followers derive motivation from ambition." (Kelley, 2001) In the group project, I'm gaining motivation from my ambition. Some of my ambitions in this project are the following: one is to not fail my team, to be able to contribute in the best way that I can, to succeed in this project, to learn a lot from this experience and to have a good relationship with my teammates. I feel that with those ambitions in mind (plus doing my part to make those happen), I might have the potential to become an effective follower. (hopefully)
In the Kelley reading, he mentions The Qualities of Followers:
"Effective followers share a number of essential qualities:
- They manage themselves well.
- They are committed to the organization and to a purpose, principle, or person outside themselves.
- They build their competence and focus their efforts for maximum impact.
- They are courageous, honest and credible." (Kelley, 2001)
I guess, at times I have issues on not being able to manage myself well and be confident enough to either make my own decisions or believe in my decisions, but sometimes you just have to trust yourself and have faith in your own decisions. This was made even harder by this team project, because my own decisions don't only affect me, but others as well. So, there's more pressure and there's a need to step up and be able to manage myself well in order to become a more effective follower. Next is commitment to the organization and to the purpose. We're all divided up in teams where our purpose is quite aligned with the other members. It's very important to share that same purpose with your teammates and to be 101% committed to your team to become successful in this project. I'd like to think that I am committed to my team and to our purpose, but I think that I have to show it more in one way or another (by sharing ideas, opinions, etc). The next one is a work in progress for me. I am working on being competent and learning to focus my efforts to attain the best results not only in the simulation, but also in other aspects of the process. As I said earlier, this is very challenging for me, but it's also a great opportunity for me to learn. At the moment, I'm still in the stage where I'm unsure if I'm doing the right thing or not, but I'd like to think that I am trying to reach that level of competence and I'm trying to work hard to ensure that the decisions that I made, make and will be making can have an impact (a good one) for our team. Lastly, courageous, honest and credible. I'd like to think that I have some of those attributes in me- I guess, I still need to reflect on that some more. (Haha.) I'm probably a work in progress to become an effective follower. I hope that by the end of this project I'll be a very effective follower, but the important thing is that I'm trying and I'm sure we all are trying to become great followers and leaders too.
Well, based on my title- I am a fan of How I Met Your Mother. So to end my entry. Here's an awesome chart. I'm sure most of us have been looking at charts and graphs the past few days and in the next months, but this one is by far I think the best chart I've seen in my life. The one chart that I'd want to analyze forever.
Kelley, R. E. (1988). In Praise of Followers. Harvard Business Review, 66(6), 142-148.