Scenario: Extended Break

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation: When members of the team read their problem statement, what they read is clearly a solution. For instance – “Joe needs to hire me to do a team building activity with his team”.  

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    Michal Weyna

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    I would ask: Is there agreement – yes, no or close? and proceed with the standard script. I would let the team learn in due course – it’s likely they would soon realize that problem needs to be redefined.

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    Sophie Bryan

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    I would ask the individual to rephrase it into a question to ask of the group, or ask simply what is the problem they would like a solution to. If this was proving challenging, I would invite them to phrase the problem as “my problem is that……”. I would coach the individual until there was a clear problem emerging. If this did not work, I would let the team run with the outcome of this coaching, and intervene when appropriate to get consensus from the group on what the problem is.

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