The aims of the ‘Gorgeous Gateaux’ project were to work in a group and successfully try to gain the most possible profit. As a group we had to decide on how many crates we were going to sell and how much we were going to sell per crate, remembering that the maximum was i?? 10,000 each month. The price per month must go up in i?? 1,000s. Although this was only a game I wanted to make it a serious situation to see how well I could run a small business using the business studies skills I had at the time.I personally think that the purpose of this game was to show the group how vital and important team work is and without it business’ fail. The game was all about teamwork and group decisions and how they affected end results.
In my group I had Tom Bond, Robert Withers and Danny Dicker. This is not a group I would usually work with but we were put in groups unfortunately. As a group we did not focus well enough and work together. Only half of us were actually concentrating so that affected our results slightly. It ended up being a one-man team.We had a dispute about the group members which wasted time and we only managed to listen to half the rules, so no one was exactly sure what the overall task was, until we asked the teacher.
There was a sense of arrogance and ignorance in the group between group members which didn’t help with the whole team work motto. As a group we had to decide our business name....
We managed to call it ‘Gerry del’ Winton’. It was Tom’s idea. The name sounded silly and had nothing to do with cakes but we did not want a large dispute over the name, so the group agreed with the name.I personally wanted the name ‘Creamy cakes’, which was simple and got to the point.
This dispute was the beginning of the failure of co-operation between members in the group. As a mature student I decided to accept the name given forward by my fellow classmate but if it was a real life situation and employers and employees were arguing about the company name then that is a very serious problem that will eventually obliterate the business because of lack of concentration and total ignorance. Group decisions are very important as they show how a team works together and summon one decision.This would have been an achievement for my group but some members decided to take this game too seriously and got upset when their idea/decision was not presented.
Not everyone participated well in our group. No one was really carefully thinking about the decisions and focusing on the actual work, otherwise the group would have been a success and also my group was very able to achieve a high profit at the end of the project. Other groups chatting to us distracted us, and it didn’t help us chatting back. No one was 100% focused on the task.
Our group needed some kind of motivation or incentive t
make them try hard.If the task had a reward then I think the group would have participated well but instead it was another ‘boring’ game for the members in my group. This really annoyed me and I knew that if I owned a business and my employees were being lazy/ignorant and not co-operative then I would immediately want replacement. As a group we were only four members.
In a real business situation, communication between small groups is unproblematic, excellent and ideal. However communication between group members in our group was very appalling. The group was quite successful.We managed to get the second highest profit considering our efforts, which was excellent, although I think we could have done better though. The success of our business was due to my motivation to get 1st place overall however that does justify the other group members lack of concentration and care during the game. Our result could have been the best out of the groups easily but it was my groups’ lack of concentration that cost us first place.
If this exercise was done again I would have to probably change group unfortunately, but I would change it to a group where I know my skills could be used properly.I would probably work with someone like Martin or Garry, where I think we would do very well as we are all very able to do so but I must also work with people I don’t know well or people that want to take Gorgeous Gateaux seriously. I would also volunteer to take control and be a leader of the group and change it to a more effective group than the one I was chosen to be in. I would make sure that co-operation was a priority and also communication and concentration towards the actual task.
I would also make the group elect a leader and if I get the group I want I will persuade them to make it a consultative group instead of an autocratic leadership where the leader is left to dictate everything. If I were to do this again I would also change the group name and the group decisions that we made. The group decisions cost us a lot at the beginning as we had the least amount of profit at the beginning as we did not know what the rules were so we went over the top and that cost us dearly otherwise we could of won and become first in gaining the most profit.I decided from the beginning that I was going to be the leader but I did this without actually telling the group but instead I dominated the group. Although I wanted to be a democratic leader I decided to be more of a persuasive and autocratic leader because I made all the decisions but I believe that all the other group members should be motivated first to accept them.
I therefore explained my ideas and convinced the group which was quite easy In my group I had to decide a lot of the things. My job was to decide the number of crates produced and the
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