This week has been interesting. I have worked diligently all week this week while struggling with some of the details and balancing my schedule…
but have very much enjoyed the process and the end result of my hard work. One of the ideas that had me thinking about some of my past experiences in different organizations was that extremely successful groups ensure that all members are clear and understand the team's goals (Wheelan, 2016). I have been in a few situations where my group has had less than favorable outcomes to projects, and a number of those can be directly linked to the team members not understanding or being clear on what the team goals were.
Another aspect of class this week that has me exploring more is the idea that groupthink occurs in organizations and can be greatly disastrous. When we join a group and feel the pressure to conform to the group ideals (Manning & Curtis, 2015), we set ourselves up for potential catastrophes. I believe that this type of thinking, or lack thereof, is rarely beneficial, and I feel a strong pull to keep myself in a position within a group to be the person that questions the ideas of the group, helping to ensure that we don’t have a failure down the road. I really want to avoid groupthink situations, especially now that I am extremely limited with the time I will spend at the hotel each year.
Perhaps throughout this upcoming week, I will spend some time reflecting and evaluating some more of my past experiences and taking notes to compare them with how I think and behave today so that I can better understand not just the material. Still, now I am growing as a leader.
“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary, as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”
― Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2015). The Art of Leadership. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
Wheelan, Susan A. 2016 Creating effective teams: a guide for members and leaders / Susan A. Wheelan, G.D.Q. Associates, Inc.–Fifth Edition.