Over the last few rollovers as a group we have been getting more and more nervous about Thursday at 5pm! – but this week we saw a big jump in our SHV, so at least for this week we can relax slightly and it gives us some more confidence to carry on and… win!
This weeks readings really enlightened my way of thinking in terms of learning and how we learn. It made me think about the struggles our team has faced in MikesBikes and if or how we managed to learn from our failures and become more successful. The question is, were we lucky? Or did we consciously face our failures and learn from them?
In the reading by Argyris (1991), I really started to realise the difference between learning how to solve a problem and learning how to figure out why the problem occurred and learn how to stop it at its core – in which Argyris (1991) coined it ‘Single-loop’ and ‘Double-loop’ learning. Argyris (1991) outlined that working professionals who experience a lot of success in their lives, struggle to deal with failure on a personal level and tend to shift blame to others and the external environment – I tend to agree with this. In my last learning journal, I stated that I thought it would be a good idea to sit back and reflect more deeply on my own actions and performance in order to figure out what I am doing wrong and how I can improve on that – and that is what I attempted to do. I found that in this course I am somewhat a ‘Single-loop’ learning, I am solving problems and trying to figure out my most successful move – sure! But similarly to a lot of people in this course we are tending to blame external factors, such as other courses taking up our time and the mid semester break, along with blaming other team members for not pulling weight or not being productive. This to me is similar to the example conversation Argyris (1991) used in his argument, that showed people are quick to blame everything and everyone else because they critique themselves. When we should be thinking ‘How can I manage my time better?’ or ‘Why is this team member not pulling weight?’ Asking these questions I think will open a whole lot more learning opportunities and I think this course is a great opportunity for it!
Particularly for our group to succeed over the next coming weeks, I think it is important to try and gain the idea of continuous learning and attempt to all become ‘double looped’ learners – by thinking about self – reviewing as a smart thing to do in order to succeed and not a punishment for failure (Argyris, 1991)
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4-15