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My team want a blue ocean and in our team experience, the current roll-over results is a purple one.  We were down a couple of members due to illness. I want to reiterate that our team are in support of our two members to get well and return to us, fighting fit.  This is where I really like the Blue Ocean Strategy reading because it looks at two views: the blue ocean as reconstructionist view and the red ocean of the structuralist view (Kim etal. (2004).  I see the blue ocean as the leader with no competition, creates new markets and industries, energy for growth, and this kind of strategy exploits and protects for integrating functional and operational activities, which becomes a global view to be sustainable over time.  This is what our group has been working towards but we have not made any real leaps and bounds, certainly not in this current roll-over.  With the double roll-overs in sight for next week, something has to give and patience is wearing thin. I think we need to play the patient game just a little longer to see what each member can bring to the next meet to refine, tweak and polish what decisions we have made to date.  Hoping and praying is not going to work but making concrete decisions to experiences and expectations will help us learn, critically think, reflect and gain value for improvement to our SHV.  However, the red ocean as a strategy, looks at the followership which entails largely at the mercy of economic forces greater than themselves and its a bit like the MikesBikes Simulation.  You do not know what is going to happen with all the hard work, research, discussion and decision making for the SHV to increase or decrease. For some time, my team has enjoyed the blue ocean strategy of strength, working steadily in connection to a strategy the team has gained ownership for and commentary from Peter Smith, a couple of CEOs, and a number of fellow students has been very positive.  Nevertheless, we have hit a bit of a snag for this roll-over where our SHV has not increased too much but we did not fall either, and I see this as a purple ocean, where the team has not ventured into the red or the blue ocean.  The team is at a cross road of wanting more out of our experiences as a group using all the tools and research to accomplish the desired outcome we have been wanting all semester.  This way of thinking leads to a number of questions but the one that burns me the most is what did my competitor/s do differently to what I have been doing for some weeks?  From a team perspective, ok down by two team members and it cannot be helped when things are beyond your control but to support and encourage team members to get better, is.  I felt after last evening there was a lot of chatter from remaining team members which means to me that ok, enough is enough - we will certainly revv one another up to make a difference not for ourselves as individuals or as a team but for the philosophy we have adopted that we believe in the blue ocean strategy to pursue for differentiation where competition is not the benchmark but buyer, student and team satisfaction is.

Life does go on from this management course and I have learnt a ton.  My problem is that I now have rocketing expectations to do some damage for the last two roll overs. Greiner (1972) says when you are able to identify the problem and gain a solution, you are growing for continuity and for me that means learning to reflect too. Greiner talks about different phases and that is how my learning has been, and this competition.  I feel that I reached bottom initially because I was frustrated as to how my learning would be in this course, met wonderful team members and worked really hard to build a cohesive unit as a team, and I have become very jumpy with each roll-over result to the point that yes, I did say we have a steady ship going forward but now I just want to jump or pounce on anything and everything that is in my way in pursuit of the best result for me.  I think I am getting a bit greedy - why?  I have become a bit of a jack'n'box and I want out.  So, in the Christensen (2010) reading I view that this piece of literature is really targeting as to what will it be like without the competition, this management course, the team that I have enjoyed for 10 weeks and the final tally.  I believe that the Christensen reading is helping me to search for happiness, relax and not to worry. This journey in my learning is a leap of faith for the purpose to study this management course paper, the choice of remaining in this course, challenging myself as a CEO, receiving success and now seeking an opportunity to eliminate all that I fear as weaknesses, with the push to not give in to any threats but strive for the ultimate result for me.  Thus, the Greiner and Christensen readings are like the pages of my own life that I currently enjoy, where I am focus and I believe. 

 

 

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

Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations grow. Harvard Business Review, 50(4), 37–46.

Kim, W. C. & Mauborgne, R. (2004). Blue ocean strategy. Harvard Business Review, 82(10), 75--84

 

4 Comments

  1. Hi Ngapoko. I enjoyed reading your journal because you have not only detailed the problems that you and your team is willing to have this week, but also associated them very closely to the week's reading. Moreover, the flow of this journal is extremely smooth. I was really captivated. I am convinced that you have a deep understanding of the readings to fhe extent that you can relate most key points to your team's current situation. I could hardly find anything worth criticising from this journal. Well done!

  2. Where to start... where to start....

    Hi Nga,

    Like I always, you manage to write impeccable journals each week, this one is no exception. You have creatively linked the readings to our team's experiences... and have done so in a way that is easy to relate to. Someone from the outside, who does not know our team, can really get the sense of team spirit that we have.

    One slight improvement that I would recommend that you for your summative journal, would be to focus a bit more about your own learning, i.e. what you have learnt as an individual rather focusing most of your energy talking about the team's learning experience. What this means is that you need to ttry and make it 50-50 or at least focus more on your individual learning. (Just by looking at the content in each paragraph, you can see what I mean (wink))

    Overall, I wish you all the best for your summative learning journal. 

    1. focus a bit more about your own learning,

      I would wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. It would make for a much better summative learning journal. I would go further and say that you need to make it at least 80-20, and you will find many folk will be doing 100% on themselves.

  3. Nga, I'm going to follow on from Arlette Munkombwe's comment as she has really hit the nail on the head. At the end of the day you need to demonstrate your learning; and that means what you are doing differently (and hopefully better) than what you were doing before the course. It might only be a small thing ... but I'm keen to see what you are trying to do.

    Having said that, it might be connected with how you work in a team (and that could be fine, and some other folk will certainly do that), but you need to have yourself at the centre. That might be a  specific challenge for you, as my sense of you is as a giving team-centered person. 

    If you want any further guidance, feel free to drop in and see me.