Scenario: Coaches Advice Written by DrBea on June 28, 2011. Posted in Action Learning, WIAL Talk As an Action Learning Team Coach how would you handle the following situation: A team member asks if you have any suggestions on how to solve the problem. Tags: Action Learning Coach Trackback from your site. Comments (11) Philipp Werenfels June 28, 2011 at 11:26 am | # I would say: “Yes have: every team solves problems differently. My role as a Learning Coach is to focus on the process and not on solving the problem.” The I would continue with the process and ask: “Who has the next question?” Reply Danny Slater June 29, 2011 at 5:48 am | # I wouldn’t buy into the question. Period. ‘Thank you for your question. My role is to… (as above). Now, who has the next question? Reply Annemarie Butcher June 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | # I would reply: My role as the coach is to intervene whenever I see a learning opportunity not to be involved in the content. As such, I will decline to answer the question. Now back to the team, who has the next question? Reply terry mazzer June 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm | # KISS… “Good question. My role as your coach is to ..(as above) …So, who has the next question?” Reply Cleo Wolff July 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | # Just to confirm that I agree with all three questions above. I would do the same. Cleo Reply Erik Mazziotta July 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm | # I might also check to see what is happening with her or her experience of the team that is triggering the question. Reply edna liong July 11, 2011 at 11:01 am | # I would direct this question to the team members, “Team, can any one of you share the two main responsibilities of a Coach?’ (this is based on the premise that i’ve shared with the team in the beginning before I start the session). Once someone said that, I will respond with ‘Thank you, who has the next question?’ Reply Gail Finger July 16, 2011 at 8:18 am | # I like Edna’s idea of putting the question about the role of coach to the team. It’s an additional opportunity for the team to remember the ground rules. That said, any of the responses above seem appropriate and effective! Reply Catherine Breathnach July 19, 2011 at 7:28 am | # I would do as many of the earlier comments have suggested – describe my role as a coach and then ask ‘Who has the next question?’. Reply DrBea July 23, 2011 at 9:46 am | # All great answers. Nothing I can add. I particularly like asking the team what the responsibility of the coach is. Reply John Thompson September 23, 2011 at 5:20 am | # The request to the team to clarify the role of the coach is on the mark. Confirm this as a ground rule and then back to ‘who has the next question?’ Reply Leave a comment You must be logged in to post a comment.