I played the role of a mountaineer in the Everest Simulation. From the very beginning I had problems identifying with my role. So I started my expedition with an apathy towards my role. After a while, at camp 2, my health became critical. I understood my condition perfectly, analyzed the given information and asked for the correct treatment, which helped in getting the team an additional bonus point. But as the task progressed, I could see myself focusing on my personal goals rather than the team goals. Most of the team members were very vocal about their personal goals and were getting into arguments with each other. I had team goals in my mind at the beginning, but once other team members started focusing ...view middle of the document...
Ultimately, we could complete only 70% of the team goals, while my personal goal completion was 71%.
I attribute my poor performance to many factors. First of all a lack of flexibility in choosing my own role, kept me dissatisfied until the end. There was no internal motivation to perform this role, hence I merely focused on achieving highest marks personally. Also, a feeling of competition led me to adopt a “Safety-First” policy, as it carried highest weightage for me. This negatively affected the team dynamics as I was extra cautious about my safety and even ordered more oxygen cylinders than actually required. When I witnessed somebody not taking part in discussions, or my voice being stifled in some argument, I became more frustrated and started putting in less effort in the next round. I also formed some preconceived notions about few of my teammates, as I had not interacted with them much before. So, I did not challenge a team member’s idea if he held a more experienced image in my head, but I tend to undermine the teammates whom I thought to be a faultfinder or inexperienced.
This simulation taught me to search for a job according to my personal traits. I realized that I need to come out of my preconceived notions about people and pay heed to their suggestions. I realized that I under perform and become confused when the leadership is weak and I am not clear about my goals. I am a quick decision maker and enjoy taking risks, hence, I argue more with people who have different decision-making style and personal beliefs. Therefore, I need to adapt better to adverse situations.