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With week 7 coming to an end our team has seen relative success and are feeling good to be leading our market in shareholder value. I’m happy to say our team is getting on very well and are not afraid of committing time to sharing and discussing ideas for decisions, which I think is reflected in overall performance we have achieved so far. In the course of this we have learned a lot with the functioning of Mikes Bikes and how to operate it. However as I have come to cover the manuals and extra research on the internet, I wonder how it is that I can learn more and new things that will help our team to make better decisions?.

 

The weeks reading by Argyris on teaching smart people to learn raised some important points that I found interesting and relevant to my current situation. Firstly Argyris, (1991) explains that organizations are focused on solving problems and correcting mistakes based on the external environment and are inherently not focused on learning. He further explains that in order to learn people must focus also on internal attributions and improving their personal skills from learning through failure. I have come to experience the benefits of learning from failure as a rugby player my coach would take footage of my technique whilst kicking a goal, this helped immensely with my success rate after receiving feedback from my coach even though its not always pleasing. According to Argyris, (1991) most professionals rarely experience failure and therefore have never learned how to learn from failure.  So when their single looped strategies go wrong they become defensive, screen out criticism and blame other people. If I was always successful at kicking I can see how it would be harder to accept feedback that was not positive and would be far less likely to accept other peoples advice.

The need for reflection is important to learn from past failures and mistakes. Heading into the next week I’ve learnt from the readings and reflection that I can continue to learn and contribute to our group not just externally to problem solving and the influence on decisions, but also learning and contributing through developing internal skills and behavior. 

 

Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learnReflections, 4(2), 4—15.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Julian,

    Well done on completing this weeks journal I think it is a good effort. You did a good job at explaining the theories discussed within this weeks readings  and I liked that you used personal examples to demonstrate your understanding. By linking these concepts with learning from your mistakes and decision making it also ensured that your points related well to the course and were therefore useful to the reader. One suggestion would be that you could have further developed on the point made about how to find useful information on Mikes Bikes.

    You also did a decent job at applying Daudelins theory. Again this is where you reflected on personal experience to point out the benefits of reflection and how this helped future success. Within the main paragraph it may have been useful to add what you have learned through completing this weeks readings and then relate this back to the course. You do however do a good job of this in your final paragraph.

    Overall I thought it was an excellent journal and you showed a solid understanding of the course content. The journal was well written and the body paragraph linked really well with the conclusion, which helped to strengthen the ideas that you were trying to express.

     

  2. Julian,

    Your journal this week’s journal was insightful and enjoyable to read. You have done an excellent job in incorporating not only the theory from the reading for this week, but also your own experiences and your experience with Mike’s Bikes. With regards to Bloom’s levels of taxonomy, this journal is not yet at the highest end of the spectrum, however improvement can be made to ensure that the next journals to come will be at the highest level. The key suggestion for improvement is a further inclusion of Daudelin’s reflection steps, by going through the process of identifying a problem, analysing the root causes of it, hypothesising potential solutions and deciding on implementation; your writing will begin to question your current thinking further, resulting in a better understanding of yourself. Understanding yourself is one of the processes in which Bloom suggests for rising to the higher levels of taxonomy.

    Overall, this journal is of a high standard. You display a relatively comprehensive reflection of not only the prescribed reading but also your own experience and the experience with Mike’s Bikes. I hope this helps. All the best for the next journal.