Scenario: Limited Choice

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation:

Someone asks an open question, then follows it with a couple choices for the response.

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    RAIMI BIN SIRAJ

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    As this is a leaning opportunity for the team to be specific with question and not to make statement, I will intervene with bringing the team to reflect on Ground rule which stated that, “statements only in response to question” and with a question “Team! from the scale 1-10, where are we now?” This is to allow the team member that asked the open question to rephrase his/her question to the other members for response instead of giving choices of answers.

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      BelPacheco

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      As an Action Learning Coach, I would intervene and ask the team about the type of questions being asked. I would then ask them about the impact of asking these types of questions. Afterwards, I would ask them how they would want to move forward knowing about the impact of these types of questioning.

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      Paul Duncan

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      As an ALC I would intervene with the question, “What is the question you are asking now ?”
      I want them to rephrase their original question- without giving options.

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    Shuk-ha, Jennifer CHAN

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    Intervene with learning opportunity. I will ask “Team, do you notice what kind of questions being asked?” Let them reflect and answer. If members get the point, then carry on progress. If no, ask “What will be the impact of asking open-ended question with choices for response?”.

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    Aung Pye Tun

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    I do not think it is wrong to provide options for an open-ended questions. The person who is asking the question may simply wants to confirm something and he does not know how to phrase the questions. So, as a coach, I may intervene by asking the person who is asking the question to either rephrase his/her questions or remind him/her to be more precise with the questions.

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    Nicole

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    I would intervene and ask” what types of questions did we ask? Closed or open questions?” Some may say closed questions and some may say open questions. An open questions followed with choices are actually closed questions. I will lead the team to reflect the pros and cons for these types of questions. And ask them “what are the better ways to ask for the next questions?”

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    DrBea

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    I would say – wow what a great open question. Did you intend to limit the potential responses?

    Happy Coaching
    Bea

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