Here it is, the final journal entry. Which means I need to get a start on the summative journal which is due in two weeks. Overall I found that the journals have definitely made me look on how much I value my learning, the amount of effort I put in my work and identify why I haven't pushed myself to my potential. During the whole semester I was wondering what I actually got from this whole course, because it felt so repititive and pointless. I think it was during the last two weeks that I realised the benefit from this course. I realised how to work in terms more productively which I was able to see when working with my other groups that I have been involved in. The course made me approach learning in a different way. I find using a different strategy to anything, either it be a dilemma or an assignment is valuable because you get a different side to things and valuing different perspectives. As much as I felt like I have gained so much insight from this course, it also left me with a huge gap to be filled in. It enabled me to identify that there is so many things that I will need to work on, and obviously I wouldn't be able to do it within this year. A lot of this takes practice and time. Suggested in Greiner (1972) growth isnt linear and steady, it goes all over the place but its ultimate point is at the top. It just finds different ways to get there. Greiner further addresses the importance of organization’s evolution and revolution phases. Greiner outlined the initial stage of growth through creativity, looking back our team had experienced this. On the first day, everyone was eager to work in a team, a lot wanting to gain a friendship through the whole semester whilst aiming for good results. We were all excited to get onto things, coming up with different strategies to do. Although I like to think we had a pretty cruisey semester, being in such a perfect group without any dramas working together as a team, I think when reflecting back on the whole semester I will be able to pin-point stages where we could've done things better.
Mikes Bikes wise, this week seemed like damage control. As we are leading up to the last rollover, big decisions will need to be made in order for us to get a grade. Being in such a low SHV position previously, it has definitly scared us. We're sitting on a D/C grade at the moment, according to the information on the wiki. But fingers crossed that we are able to work at it to bring it back up to a grade that we are satisfied on. I had emphasised in previous journals that the feeling of not knowing what the results really bother me. More than it should. I think there is a part of me that likes security and assurance. This is something that ive been wanting to work on for a while, I do feel like my confidence have risen up, but not to where I want it to be. I guess that is just something that I will have to continue working on.
Lets hope that next week will be productive, in means of our Mike Bikes simulation and the summative journal. The journal will definitely give me clarity on my overall experience and my personal growth.
Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations grow. Harvard Business Review, 50(4), 37--46.