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It’s a humbling and reassuring concept that failure doesn’t just happen to me, (being the poster-child for what not to do as a student) but that even professionals are subject to the pitfalls that failure can encompass. The reading this week also helped me see that in order to see a change there has to be an understanding as Argyris states, to ‘learn how the very way they go about defining and solving problems can be a source of problems in its own right’ (1991).  I found this to be relevant in the Mikes Bikes Simulation over the past couple of weeks. As my group has been doing well and leading the market in China, it was a surprise when we found out that although we were doing well and were managing to define and solve problems within our teams, it became a problem for us as we may have limited the growth of our market and therefore hindering our ability to grow our own company.  In my role within my team I had to reflect and ask myself whether there was any ideas that I had from an HR perspective that would help our situation but instead our team met with Peter, seeking advice from someone with more experience.

Getting a little personal with my own experience in Commerce, it is safe to say that I had a rather rough start with the Stage 1 papers (especially accounting) having only ever done one AS level business paper at school. Coupled with a careless attitude and not enough focus on my studies (amongst all the hype of the ‘first-year’ experience), I found myself failing far too many papers than ‘desired’. And as Argyris explains, on a single loop learning level, I found myself shifting my blame and becoming defensive over the fact that I was hard done by, rather than reflecting inwards and admitting that not going to any lectures and doing all assignments last minute is usually not ones formula to accounting success (1991).  I underwent a process in which I asked myself questions such as: Is commerce the right thing for me? Am I doing too much outside of University? Can I better manage my time and whether or not I was taking advantage of the help available? When I sat down and went through these question I found that although I was embarrassed and didn’t want to admit my role in it, it made me accountable and triggered a new found desire to do better and in learning this lesson through failure,  I feel better equipped this year to manage myself better at University.


Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learn. Reflections, 4(2), 4--15



  1. Hey Karen 

    Great reading reflection  

    I'm going to be using Daudelin's framework.

    Articulation of a problem: You said you were have a rough time in stage 1, you weren't focusing enough on your studies and the result was some undesirable results. This was a pretty clear articulation of the problem.   

    Analysis of that problem: You analyzed some factors very briefly such as a careless attitude and a lack of preparation and a careless attitude. You also talked about your reflection process (or  lack of reflection)   

    Formulation and testing of a tentative theory to explain the problem: You analysed your reflection processes and the elements you though about in this process. You weighed up what could be used to improve and fix the problem. Perhaps you could have also contrasted this with other ways you could have solved the problem or what may have happened if you didn't change anything.  

    Action (or deciding whether to act): You explained that you completed this reflection and as a result changed the way you treat your studies. You finished of with a strong conclusive statement "I feel better equipped this year to manage myself better at University." This conclusion also connects nicely with your understanding of double loop learning and how your underlying assumptions have changed. 

    Overall it was flowed well and had no major grammatical errors  


  2. Overall this is a great reflection, the above comment gives good evidence that you have used and utilized Dandelions guidelines. The structure of the writing flows well and you have shown that you understand many of the readings concepts such as 'double loop learning'. You also related it back to the reading which strengthened your reflection. Great work and keep up next week! Also all he best and good luck to your team! I'm sure you guys will win;P....