Scenario: Limiting 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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    Sofia Georgiadou

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    I would intervene and say: ‘Group, what happens when an open question is followed by a couple of choices for the response? How could this impact the conversation?’

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    Stan Oawster

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    I believe you’re allowed to answer your own question (which the question asker did) so I would let it go and see how the group responds. If necessary I would make the observation of what is happening and ask the group if this mehod is supportive in leading the group to solutions?

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    MB

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    As the coach, I would ask the questioner if would he/she could rephrase the question to ensure it’s open ended and, depending on the response, ask the group how asking a question and providing suitable answers impacts the groups’ responses.

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    SarahDavisDubai

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    As a coach I would weigh up the momentum in the group whether to intervene or not and if so ask the individual to clarify the purpose of their question to the group.

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    DrBea

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    I would ask the questioner – Did you intend to close your question with just those choices?

    Happy Coaching
    Bea

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    ShobaCh

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    I echo Sarah’s point. I would assess the momentum of the group to see whether I should intervene.

    If I chose to intervene, my question would be directed to the questioner: “I observed that an open question was asked, but with certain options offered. Can the group offer their own response or do you want them to only pick from the options you provided?”

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    Arend

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    Hello Bea,
    Thanks for your training in the Netherlands last days. I suppose you are flying cross the ocean at the moment! I wish you a good trip.

    I thought about this problem on forehand without seeing your answer.
    At first I had the intention to ask the group or they could think about other solutions for the presented problem than named.
    And if so I should ask the presenter what his thoughts were about that.
    My question to you is:
    When should you preferable use the group in thinking power or solutions power to make a point clear or just ask directly…….

    Thanks,
    Arend

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