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It’s finally the last learning journal! I have been counting down since the second week of the semester. I’m really happy that there’s only the summative journal left to do for this course, but this also means that the course will end soon. I want the course to end, but I don’t want our team to be dismissed. For other people, this team assessment might one of those typical uni teams that meet up just to do the assessment. But for me, my team has been the best team I’ve ever had. We treat this assessment like work, always productive in meetings and everyone was committed to it. We also treat other like real friends and talk about the latest gossips. It is just rare to see and be in one of those teams. I’m just too lucky to be a part of this team.

The article by Christensen (2010) states that a culture is important in getting team members cooperating. But for a uni assessment for only ten weeks, it’s quite hard to create a strong culture within the team. For our team, I don’t think our team has purposely or intentionally created a culture with in our team. But the thing that got us cooperated and motivated through-out the semester is trust and honesty. Apart from the job description and contract being discussed on the first day we met. We explicitly encouraged everyone to be honest and don’t be afraid to speak up. Another thing that got us cooperated and motivated was the “scandal” and being judged by our ex-class rep. That crisis really did make us win the competition and show them we are not incompetent. But we should not hate or blame them, so I would like to thank them for giving me the chance to be in the team I’m in now.

Since our team members were always cooperated and motivated, we did not experience any crisis in our team and our company. Like Peter mentioned in this report, our company is achieving steady growth. The main reason we are able to maintain a steady growth is we have a long-term strategy, we know where we want to get from the beginning. I think a firm that has a long-term strategy and is well planned for the future will have more evolutions than revolutions. From my perspective, when other firms are having a revolution, it signals to me that they did not take incremental steps to solve their problem or there are problems occurring in their team.

Looking at the reports for the rollover, there are lots of ups and downs in other firms. I’m really excited to see what will happen in the double rollover. Meanwhile, good luck to everyone for their last rollover and the summative journal. 

 

Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations growHarvard Business Review, 50(4), 37-46.

Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.

4 Comments

  1. It sounds like you have had a really amazing experience with your team and in this course and I really enjoyed reading about it. Your writing was really easy to follow along with and you made some really great connections to the readings. I also appreciated the analysis you made of your team dynamics. I am not sure I can really say I know what you are trying to express having learned this week based on what you wrote, so you might have found it useful to have somewhat more of a focus in this learning journal. In spite of this, I would still say this is really well written and could definitely be a good resource for you when you go through and write your summative journal. This seems like a good way to wrap up your writings for the semester. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Daisy, I thought your entry was quite refreshing as a lot of the times students do not enjoy working with groups. I personally think its fun and a great way to learn, it gives insight on other perspectives of the task, which is beneficial. Im glad you're working well with your team and have grown a friendship along the journey. Just like in the previous readings, interpersonal skills is seen as an asset, and by having you highlight your team dynamics functioning well with each other and providing a good results goes to show it is helpful. You've also incorporated the ideas from the readings well into your personal experience. Although its quite difficult to find a flaw when everything is going quite well, but ensure you are able to take note on what things you could have improved on. Its always good to be good, but why not better right? Overall It was well written journal entry, therefore I think you will do well when writing your summative journal. Keep up the great work! 

  3. Hi there,

    Just like the two comments above, i thoroughly enjoyed reading this journal and i'm not only saying this. I enjoyed it because it was different from the normal weekly journals i read as it showed more personal details of how you felt and basically speaking the truth. Your paragraphs had a good flow with minimal errors, you showed a good understanding of the given readings and again i liked how you shared your personal experiences. Overall, I don't think you need any critiques but i wish you all the best with your summative.

  4. I want the course to end, but I don’t want our team to be dismissed.

    I like that sentiment.

    It is just rare to see and be in one of those teams.

    That's good news. I wonder what you did to make it such a good team ... and how you might transfer that to teams in future. Sounds like a good topic for a summative learning journal.

    For our team, I don’t think our team has purposely or intentionally created a culture with in our team.

    Most don't do it deliberately, but it happens anyway.

    That crisis really did make us win the competition

    Shared adversity is often a powerful force for binding a team together.

    Daisy, I have the sense that you have gotten 'stuff' out of this course. For you summative learning journal you need to be explicit about what you got out of it in terms of learning (rather than 'just' experience). What can you do now better than before ... that's what I hope you can show me.