Scenario: Bathroom Breaks

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The session has been going for a long stretch and participants start stepping out to use the bathroom.

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    Savath Kuch

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    First, I would like to ask do we have a consensus as a team, yes, no or quite close?
    Then I will ask what can we do to help the team come to full participation?

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    Catherine Sandler

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    I would intervene to observe that we have now been working for XX hours/minutes and that I have observed that some people are leaving the room, most likely to use the bathroom. I would ask the group whether they would like to take a short break. If they say yes, I would ask them how much time they would like to take. If they decide on a break that is long enough to disrupt the session’s schedule and not leave enough time for the problem to be fully addressed, I would ask them what the impact of a XX minute break will have on their ability to solve the problem? In other words I would put the decision in their hands while asking them first to consider its impact on their work.

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    Karina Colpaert

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    As an Action Learning Coach, if the bathroom-break has not establish at the beginning of the session, I will ask: “I have observed that one person left to go to bathroom, how the group would like to handle this situation?”. But if the group agreement coffee or bathroom break rules, and ok leave the group for these, I wouldn’t say anything.

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