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This week I am really proud of the work which myself and the groups of people now friends. It was a bit of a rough week for me on a personal level because of my mum breaking her leg and me needing to look after her, I was unable to meet my group until Tuesdays class. Initially I was really overwhelmed and really pleased to be tasked with working with such an intelligent, organised bunch of individuals. As I was appointed CEO the first thing I did was apologise for my tardiness. The group was clear from the start that they wanted transparency and openness, I strongly agreed which is why I took the time to apologise and talk to each of them about there roles within the group. Overall I am really pleased with each member and I have realised that they each have very different skill sets that complement and allow us to work together. Going forwards as a leader I need to remember to trust and listen to everyone's opinions and thoughts in order to get the best result.

Backtracking a small part...I still don't understand why the group placing each of us in teams did what they did. Yes, I feel sorry for those who were not as successful in solo mike but if makes me wonder did they actually read the readings? Last week we read about groups of complementary skills in a group, range of intelligence to better learn from and the encouragement of everyone in a group. Where was this in the decision process? Putting people in groups based with the same SHV score is harsh! This is because they could not gain as much out of the exercise if they were placed in a mixed group. Okay in real life you cannot punish a team for perceived advantage and one intelligent person in a group is not going to make a dysfunctional group successful. Now moving on. 

So I was appointed CEO, I think one of the biggest challenges that I will have to face is keeping people on track. This week I think I may have glided my way through a few too many decisions but this exercise is about learning and that I defiantly have done (smile). However this weeks readings discussed become an effective leader. In my opinion these are a few things that I need to focus on in my leadership that needs work:

  1. Listening to others ideas and trusting that they know more on a topic than I might. The group I am leading is very intelligent and resourceful. They are not afraid to make suggestions or have out of the box thoughts. I need to respect that and foster them. 
  2. Listen to feedback about my leadership style. I have always struggled to take criticism, I must remember they are trying to help me be a more effective leader and not take it personally. 
  3. Further develop my skills at being able to follow yet recognise when is the right time to step up and reach a decision.
  4. Remember to reward people and recognise good ideas and work. By encouraging them I believe that they will be more forthcoming and receptive. 

Yes, at the beginning of the week I thought of my task as CEO a bit daunting but I have developed and composed my thoughts and realised that I can be an effective leader and someone who has the skills to lead this awesome group of people. I am really looking forward to the future challenges. 

3 Comments

  1. Please make sure you label your learning journal correctly please. I've done it for you now.

  2. This is an insightful journal and I personally find it an interesting read. You have reflected well on your experience of the week as CEO of your group. I like the way you listed out the things that you wish to make improvement on and number them clearly. I would do the exact same thing when making plans for the week or for the semester, etc. There are a couple of things to take note of, however. Firstly, remember that one of your journals' main purposes is to provide the linkages between your own experience and the course content, i.e. the weekly readings. Secondly, as Peter mentioned above: labeling your journals go a long way because it helps putting things in the right folder, making reviewing the contents at the end of the course much easier. Lastly, remember to reference the readings at the end as long as you cite them. All in all, a very good read which showed a lot of depth and efforts. Keep up the good work.

    P.S: hope your mum will get well soon, and don't forget to take care of yourself, too.

  3. Alex,

    Your journal is insightful and has a lot of aspects of the higher levels of Bloom et al.'s (1956) taxonomy of the cognitive domain. However improvement is to be made to be consistently at the higher levels. An example of this is most of your ‘things you need to focus on’ are short statements rather than specific reflections that get to the root causes of why you need to focus on such things and presenting possible specific solutions to test. I.e.) for the statement “Remember to reward people and recognise good ideas and work. By encouraging them I believe that they will be more forthcoming and receptive.” To begin to get this to a deeper reflection, ask yourself HOW, how exactly are you going to reward people? How exactly are you going to recognise that these ideas and work are good? You have mentioned a reason as to why this could be beneficial, however explaining further how “becoming more forthcoming and receptive” will be of benefit to your team’s success.

    With regards to the guidelines provided by Daudelin (1996), this journal incorporates it well in the second half of the reflection. You have identified and analysed the problem (keeping people on track) and you have presented basic hypothesis to test and experiment with various solutions, improvement is required with defining the hypothesis and how you will test such solutions. This way when your ‘test’ goes right or wrong, by being able to look back at how you got to the answer will be key in defining you next step.

    Overall, a very interesting and thought provoking journal. I hope this feedback helps and all the best for your future journals.