I didn’t really understand either of the readings this week in a way that could relate to our simulation and our group. I can only really take away that we are essentially in the mature stage of growth. We have been operating for a 10 years or so.
Today we just found out that we are the top team. We were second last week, and fourth the week before I believe. Prior to that, none of thought we had a chance, we just enjoyed meeting and tried to do the assigned project. We didn’t think we had a chance against the group that self selected as of course, they picked all the best people. But I imagine they have too many cooks in the kitchen.
I have learnt a lot from this experience, over the weeks I have become entirely familiar with the simulation and feel as though I know almost all the ins and outs of it, same as my fellow group members. We have all gained confidence in ourselves, respect and trust for each other which goes a long way. Last week we decided to decrease one aspect of my allocated division of the business. Although I tried to negate it, and bargained that we don’t decrease this one element, I realised that it was about trusting my group members, and respecting them enough to give them a go and share the power of decision making. While this decision did turn out to be a bad one, I am actually very glad that we did it because if I had’ve fought or went in and changed the decision at the last minute right before the rollover, imagine, no one would have trusted me for next week! The whole group dynamic would have changed. And at the same time, I have no doubt that decisions I will have voted yes on, within our group, which turned out needed the no votes, I am accountable for. So we all have wins and we all have losses.
We actually like meeting up as well which has made the whole experience of group work, shared responsibility and so on a really great experience overall.