First of all to It has been a hectic week where each team had to get ready for the first practice roll over as well as dealing with the issue of a certain team which most people are aware of.
I personally would like to give a small perspective in regards to the people who were involved with team selection process and the fairness to it.
First of all I would like to say that in the real world this kind of issues happen often and we do live in a society where corruption or greed takes place e.g. American politics and other large global corporations.
I guess it was assumed that as a student I had the assumption of trusting these other students and giving them the benefit of the doubt of not tampering with the team selection process. Yes it was ethically wrong in the student class community but they had every right and power to do so. Kudos to them but I wished they had reconsidered but now it is all in the past.
Having said this, as a CEO it was hard to digest the issue and move on focusing with our team and task priorities. I am very new to leading a team as I have always been the 'good follower' and so it was a challenge for me to collaborate with the team and make decisions together and ultimately for me to make the last call. I am very confident with the mikesBikes simulation but the challenge for me was to make sure everyone would be inclusive of this program and make sure they feel they have a sense of passion to help us to achieve our end goal. I proudly admit that I did need someone on the team to help me pave the direction with their leadership skills. I do not believe that a CEO should be the only person to control the team like a dictator, instead be more like a coach and team player from leading by example. For example one of my team members was having trouble in the research and development section and targeting the market as well as deciding on the prime cost per unit. I had to lead by example and demonstrate to them on how to calculate the prime costs and justify each stage. As a result they gained the knowledge to be able to work on the next rollover in relation to their job role. From this week’s experience I saw some leadership qualities from my marketing manager and which was much appreciated because it made me feel more comfortable that there is other ideas and perspectives that I can listen to and analyze to make the final decisions. Kelly’s (1988) and Collins (2005) reading states that you do not have to be a CEO to be the leader or be in a position of top management. You could argue that from my position I would see it as a threat or ‘clashing of heads’ but as an introvert I love to stand back and listen to what everyone has to offer with their ideas or suggestions.
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