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The problem for me this week was pretty straightforward. Why were the results affecting my team dynamics and processes so much? As a person who has experienced a lot of failure and would coin myself to be rather resilient, this week really confused me.Having enjoyed significant successes so far throughout the simulation, I felt that the bad results made my team change the way in which we handled our business and in all honesty, as I walked away from our meeting on Thursday I found myself feeling a bit anxious and rather frustrated.As we sat and talked over each other, frantically raced through decisions and worked on individual areas of our company (something in which we rarely did prior to this week) I felt as we had lost a grip on what had made us so successful. Why were we not following the processes that had worked so well before? Why were we compartmentalizing jobs when our strength came from collective decisions? Why were we rushing decisions when we usually analyze them so thoroughly? Why were we not being more cautious? Why were we letting such a minor setback dictate and control the nature of our team and in asking these questions, it made me realize a couple of important things about myself and my company.

 Firstly, I realized that a change in dynamics, as peculiar as it may seem at first isn’t always a bad thing. I walked away feeling frustrated about my teams dynamics changing and everyone being a little more stressed because of the bad result but in essence, the change was in motivation. The bad result change the dynamics because my hardworking and dedicated team kicked into overdrive and was so determined to be better this week that all the extra passion had changed the way in which we communicated. We were no longer being more passive about our opinions and we were more willing to put our thoughts and ideas on the line. As I reflected on this, it made me so happy… I was happy that I was in a group that wanted to succeed and felt accountable for the successes and failures that we all experienced.  As I jumped on our teams Facebook page and saw a post from a CEO reigniting the fire in our belly’s with some direction and motivation for the coming weeks and seeing my amazing team mates get onboard having also had a rather tough week it made me appreciate that our dynamics had changed and that although things were going well prior to the setback, our dynamic and processes had changed from a group that was passively doing well to a team that fails to let failure consume us. It has motivated me to also change the way in which I approach our meetings and I aim to be more attentive when looking at the figures and to offer more calculated and well thought out ideas rather than just talking for the sake of it. I have definitely learnt a lot this week about myself and about the changing nature of teams and am looking forward to working with my group in the few weeks left.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi Karen,

    This is a really great journal and I enjoyed your writing style as you moved through the reflective process. In terms of Daudelin, I think you pretty much have it sorted I can see the articulation of a problem, that your team seems to be breaking down in communication. Then you work through a really good analysis of the problem, before coming to a decision on how to act. The only thing I feel like you gloss over is the coming up with solutions and working through them based on your previous experience, instead you jump from the problem straight through to realising that the change in dynamic shows that your team has been kicked into overdrive to reverse their result. I am not necessarily sure if this is such a bad thing as the journal still makes sense but its the only thing I could see that you could work on. In terms of blooms I feel that you are definitely moving into those higher stages of analysis s you are identifying the different components that make your team work well. However to move up further I feel like some sort of support from academic sources to justify your conclusions was needed. 

    In comparison to my comments from week 4, I mentioned that I had felt your journal skimmed the surface and did not look at what you as an individual had learnt but only what your team as a whole has learnt. I can see that this journal does not have this issue which is great. 

    My team itself has just managed to head in a positive direction after being at the bottom for a number of weeks so I understand entirely what you have reflected on this week. I hope it goes well for you and good luck for the final journal. 

  2. It was great to see how you and your team have evolved in this journal. You were able to communicate this effectively by reflecting on your thought process during this last rollover and then going on to talk about how you have changed during group meetings and what you learnt about group dynamics. Compared to your previous journal when there was a lot of summarising and not enough reflecting, this is a big improvement and it turned out to be a good learning journal. You've suggested that there was a problem you were thinking about with your group dynamics, you then went on to develop a solution which you then tested out, and now you've talked about how it turned out. What would be even better would be to see what you want to do from here. You seem to be pleased with the results, but would there be anything else you want to think about, for example.