T214: Activity 5.2

I submitted TMA05 on Sunday (only 9 days late) and I’m now behind on the coursework that leads up to TMA06. This is not a particularly great situation, considering the amount of readings and activities to get through, but at least the course materials are interesting.

I neglected to write much about my learning activities (this might be a constant theme) but the act of writing them down should help me to better understand what I need to do to get better marks. My scores for both the assignments in Block 2 were not that great, as I was too focussed on solutions and not concentrating on the process of working out the problems. I need to spend more time thinking about how things are connected and not so much about how to fix things.

I also need to write longer paragraphs in my assignments, apparently.

So, in order to better facilitate my understanding of the course materials – and systems thinking in general – I’m going to try to be better at using my blog as a learning journal. Some of the activities (like this one that I’m about to describe) ask me write down my thoughts. My thoughts are often fragmented and difficult to collate, so I apologise in advance if some of what I write doesn’t make much sense, or jumps around all over the place. This is a constant cycle of improvement and I hope to be getting much better at this.

Activity 5.2 requires me to think about my own motivations. This block is trying to use metaphors to describe how organisations work and people’s motivations are a large part of that. We all have different perspectives and worldviews and our desires and expectations determine how we approach situations. Our motivations affects everything that happens in organisations; the RUGS “machine” metaphor only works so far when people are involved, and so the course materials are extending our use of metaphors in systems by introducing the concept of “organisations as organisms”.

I sense some increased complications in my learning process…

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