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By now everyone is sure to have an opinion about the "stuff" that happened with the team selection.  For myself, I'm less concerned about how the incident affects me and more about how it affects the people around me. My team and my classmates. As I've said in previous journals, I'm very interested in organizational behavior. Peter's reaction was that he didn't think the high achieving team was going to gain any advantage from their collusion. Some in the class seemed to be outraged by that conclusion and wanted there to be major reparations for the team's trickery. I feel that the readings from his week pertaining to effective leadership can shed light on why Peter felt that it wouldn't matter in the end.

Colins (2005) explains a phenomena where the most effective leaders are the ones who are determined yet humble. Kelley (1988) discusses the role of the follower in the success of leaders and how leaders themselves must be effective followers. Finally Spreier, Fontaine and Malloy (2006) examine how too much focus on achievement can be the downfall of an organization.

Ironically, the team which colluded may have set themselves up to fail. Perhaps Peter understood this. By focusing their team building solely on achievement they neglected to consider other factors that could contribute to a team's strength. By putting all the highest achievers in a group together they arguably put together a team made up of egotistical over achievers, all hungry for control and unable to work effectively as a team because of it. Just because they were all high achievers individually does not mean that they will be high achievers together.

Case-in-point. Our team was made up of some of the lowest achievers in Solomike. Yet, in the first rollover we were able to beat out the other teams in our market and increase our SHV by 5%. We saw an increase in revenue, sales and efficiency. We're all very happy about that achievement and it's a good sign for the functionality of our team going forward. 

So what have I learned from all of this? I've started to understand what sort of leader I am. I'm the CFO of our company which is a role that I don't really feel qualified for but that I've nonetheless embraced. I certainly would not say that our success was attributed to my leadership but rather the efforts of our entire team. So, I'm excited to think that I might be one of those tier 5 leaders that Colins (2005) writes about. Perhaps the fact that realizing this does NOT make me want to be the CEO of a big company some day is a testament to its truth.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Jeremy,

    Your journal entry this week I felt was very honest, true and also humorous. I thought your journal topic was one of the main issues that the class went through this week and therefore a very appropriate thing to discuss and reflect upon.

    I really enjoyed how you linked this issue that was created to this weeks readings as thinking about the issue in regards to leadership and the challenges they might face wasn't  what I had thought about. Your truthfulness through your honesty I feel made your journal very effective and is no doubt going to benefit you in the end as you have really understood the purpose of this weekly task.

    I also like how you linked the "high achievers" team to your own personal team and briefly reflected on your role within your team and your results thus far. I was one of the people that thought the decision to keep that team together was unfair, however you have changed my opinion as you have reflected and set out a logical argument.

    I honestly don't know what to say to you in regards to improvements as i feel you have hit the nail on the head with the task we were set. You have raised an issue and linked it to the readings well and reflected on the week and therefore all i can say is congratulations. 

    Good luck for your team in the simulation and i'm sure you will have no issue with your overall summative journal at the end of the semester. 

  2. Hi Jeremy,

    I really enjoyed reading your journal this week, and agree with your opinions on the matter. While I understand the classes concern with the way your group was formed differently, I do agree that in the end it will not matter. It's really down the way in which each team individually works, i.e. your example of high achievers together may not work well, as they are all 'leaders' v. a team that is filled or a mixture of introverts and extroverts may be able to 'gel' better and could produce a much more productive team dynamic. Regardless of whether the class thinks you have an advantage or not, advantages and disadvantages are always going to occur in life and organizations, there's never a guarantee of fairness! So I think it is a good lesson learned for everybody!

    I feel you really embraced the readings this week and used them to structure your ideas and thoughts well, I think you have reflected well on the events of the last week and am sure your success will be a testament to this!

    As above, I'm not sure how to critique you as I had no issues in reading it, it was clear, concise and interesting to read with built in theory that you have incorporated well into your reflection!

    So, well done and good luck to you and your group for the rest of the semester!