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Course: Management Skills 200768

Institution: University of Western Sydney

Title: Reflective Journal on Week 3

Reflective Journal- Week 3

The lectures in week 3 enabled me to personally evaluate the progression of my own professional practice and identify some of the areas in which I need urgent improvement. From the initial lectures, I discovered that I had a fairly comprehensive and accurate understanding of what constitutes a healthy work environment and what does not. However, I came to realize that the distinction is not always black and white as I prepared the assignment on the case study- Carlene’s Dream Job. The assignment enabled me to appreciate the complexity of balancing or the trade-off between organizational objectives such as profit making and the management of a healthy workplace under circumstances of change. This helped me realize that I have not yet come across such a decision and in the event that I do, I will have to manage resistance to change as well as uphold professional healthy working standards.

The most insightful lesson of week 3 personally was the lesson on building effective teams. It enabled me to discover some of the disruptive influences I have had while working in teams in the past. I understood how my zeal to contribute to every matter and try to appear as a middle-ground and rational professional, as I have done before, may easily create the perception of a know-it all among team members and essentially make me a difficult team member to deal with. I also found the part on groupthink and the perils of groupthink as particularly potent in explaining some of the undesirable effects of having domineering and know-it-all team members such as myself who have the tendency to win over public opinion. Going forward in my professional practice, I intend to use this insight to refine my skills as not just a team leader but an effective team member. I have learned how to organize effective team meetings and most significantly, the importance of controlling the urge to impose particular ideas on or try to indoctrinate team members as part of effective team development.