Scenario: Group Question

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation: One of the participants asks a question of the entire team, after a single answer the team moves on to the next question.  

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    Denise Locke

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    I would intervene here and ask the person who posed the question to the group if they felt their question had been answered sufficiently. If they felt that it hadn’t been I would then prompt them to re-ask the question to the team if they wanted some further responses. If they were happy with the single answer I would bring the team back to the person who had raised the last question.

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    Nancy Frazier

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    As the Action Learning Coach, I would intervene and address them accordingly:
    “A team member posed a question to the group and only one member responded. What is the impact on the team when only one person answers a question? How can we insure all members of the group have had a chance to reply before moving forward?

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    Michal Weyna

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    I would adress my intervention to the one who asked a group question: X, did you intend that question to be answered by entire group?

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    DrBea

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    if it was the first time – I’d bring in to the teams attention as part of a standard intervention .
    After asking the 3 standard questions – (how are we doing as a team? what are we doing well?what can we do better?)
    i would say –
    I’ve observed when questions are asked of the group we move on after a single response. Did anyone else notice that? What’s the impact on our problem solving if we limit responses?How do we want to insure that everyone that wants to respond gets to?

    Later on if it happens I may simply ask the questioner – Did you want to hear responses from others?

    Happy Coaching
    Bea

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    Yoge Rajendra

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    Team, what’s the level pf participation so far?
    I noticed only 1 member responded.
    Will that impact the session?

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    wthimmes

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    I would reflect back the situation to the team: I just observed a question was asked of the entire group and only one person answered. How does this impact the team if we limit the responses of others by moving on?

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    Cheuk Yan Edna Choi

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    I would intervene and ask the member if his/her question was answered. If the answer is “no”, I would ask the group “how would we like to handle this?” If the answer is “yes”, I would ask the group “what could we do even better in handling questions posed to the group?”

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    Japheth Lim

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    If it’s the first time, I would intervene and ask the member who asked the question if that question is directed to the entire group and if the response is sufficient. If i notice the scenario happening more often, i’ll intervene as a learning opportunity by asking “Team, member x has asked a question to the entire group, and only one person answered. What’s the impact on the perspective the member is getting? “

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    Tan Sun

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    As a coach , I would intervene and ask the person who ased the question: Hi Steven(the one who asked the question to the team), I observed that you asked a question to the team, by whom did you expact the question to be answered? .
    if he say the all the team, I will asked him next : how can we do better to let every member responce to a group question?

    actually, what I want to remaind him(them) is, if you want everyone to answer your question, when asking, you need organize your words to emphasize that you would like everyone to reply , like: would you guys reply me by one from James?

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      Lois Parkes

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      As the action learning coach, I would intervene, and tell the group that I have observed that the questioner had asked the question of the entire group but only one response was received. I would then ask the questioner whether the single response provided an adequate response, or whether more responses from other group members was desirable.

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