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Over the past semester I have struggled to look past the simulation as a mere prop for the business reality but I must admits (being stubborn and all) that there is merit in engaging with Mikes Bikes. I was focused going in the practice rollovers but after a couple of weeks of the actual rollovers, there was a complete disconnect. After the last 3 rollover, the results are not reflecting the work ethic. I have spent a large amount of time thinking about the purpose of this assignment but completely neglected the option of engaging and then observing the results for a more holistic look at the whole course. Me and my CEO have sat down, engaged in comical relief, talked about our future and have had conversations beyond the scope of this course. This level of engagement is an absolute requirement in order to have a team that works beyond their given roles. Let me go into detail using some of the resources. 

My concrete experience revolved around the fact that we looked at the data and articulated a strategy for the turnover that matched our overall strategy. This matching is new and has come from experience where before we spent in areas where our interests were not that profitable. This ability to synthesize the data and have a deep conversation about where to place the bikes int eh marketplace and where do we see the bike in 2 years? Do we have to modify the specs? This engagement can occur at a surface level where we state our desired position and why or it can happen where we conceptualize the results of our decisions and really paint the picture to see what is actually happening? This difference in understanding only comes from this level of engagement that is beyond the stated relationships one ought to acquire in a professional field. Greiner (1972) talks about the importance of not being stuck in the past and learning from mistakes, but we have gone beyond learning from mistakes. The failures I think was too personal for me to handle so I had a person in my group that matched that frame of mind. The determination has allowed us to climb from SHV of 3.06 to almost 40 in 3 rollovers. We understood that the market is different from when we made mistakes and where we were spending too much.

My realization for this is relates to the other reading about measuring our lives in contexts. This week, the results have verified my existing belief that work ethic and small details play a large role in doing business basics. All other things come afterwards and to translate that to my experience this week, I think my positive thinking relating to work ethic will boost our confidence for the final rollover. We paid attention to details and reaped the results. This applies to pretty much anything in life and I think it serves as a great lesson. 

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.

 

2 Comments

  1. Thanks Harsimran - I know that I peer reviewed your journal last week and I had to reflect this to your Week 04 one.  Your week 10 journal is a '360' turn around.  You have identified the problem and a solution that has helped you learn and your team to work through questions that you have noted - WOW.  I received a sign of relief in your writing that yes, questioned, discussed, and analysed that you do know what you are doing and you have accepted that mistakes do happen.  I personally like' detail' in your previous writings and this has helped me gell into your thoughts. I am able to view that there is an element of your own expectations, your own experiences and your own validations in your learning and then to intertwine your team results to this too.  I believe you will do well for the summative learning journal and as a note there are more 'how' questions for this final task of Mgmt 300 too.  I agree that this is where the detail you have been providing in your three journals that I have been privy to read and comment, will be so helpful.  Go hard, go well and all the best for this semester. 

  2. This journal followed Daudelin's framework well. It was easy to see your thoughts and how you navigated through the evidence to come up with a solution to the problem. It was slightly difficult to see what you identified the problem to be. It became more clear after seeing the direction you went after having read your journal. So perhaps it could have been stronger if you were more clear on what the problem was. It was good that you used your experiences to develop a theory to explain how you were able to turn your teams performance around. You seem quite confident in your conclusion, but it could also be good to question if your explanation is accurate or if there could have been something else that affected your performance. Although since this is the last journal, I understand why you chose not to.