Scenario: Parody

From Tom Janiak

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle:

In the first session, there is a lot of humor in the team. Participants joke about the the 1st ground rule and answer in a parody manner, e.g. “Dear John, in reply to your question I would venture to say…”. Whenever you ask a serious question, like “what are we doing well?”, first comes a joke and only then a genuine answer.

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    Willy

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    As a AL coach i would:
    1. Compliment them with their positive attitude (focus on strength)
    2. on the other hand i would ask attention for 90 minutes topsport. the team has to achieve and this necessary focus and concentration. it’s not a game we play!

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    bkknox

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    As the AL coach, I would say:
    I notice that we are adding a lot of humor and jokes to our questions and response. Has anyone else noticed that?
    What benefits are there in adding humor? What negatives?
    How would you like to manage the humor?

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      Jayne

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      I like the idea of mentioning the benefit of humor along with the negatives. Since this is the first session, it may be a way they are dealing with feeling a little uncomfortable with the new process and perhaps the new way of interacting feels awkward at first.

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    naveen

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    As a AL Coach, i would highlight the energy due to humor but emphasise on time.

    I notice that there is a lot of humor to the questions and responses. So what is the effect on the team?
    what is the impact of humor on the resolving the problem?
    how can we manage it better?

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    DrBea

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    After asking the standard 3 questions (How are we doing as a team on a scale of 1 – 10? what are we doing well? What can we do better?) if no one brought up the joking around – i would follow with –

    I’m noticing the use of lots of humor – did any one else notice that?
    What’s the impact of this on helping us identify the real problem?
    How can we help each other focus so we can identify and solve the real problem?

    Happy Coaching
    Bea

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    Joi

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    First, I would commend the group for their participation and glad that everyone is having fun with the session. Then ask if everyone is OK with how answers are being given. Do they think moving forward with the session in this manner will help the problem presenter come up with a solution/s?
    If they are all OK and says yes, then proceed.

    If not everyone is agreeable, ask the team how they would be able to still have fun but still ask questions and give answers that would help the problem presenter come up with solutions.

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    Tiffany Maurycy

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    The simplicity of just naming it and asking what’s the impact on the team removes any form of judgement by the coach. It puts the team in a position of choice of what they want to do about it.

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