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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    Nattawan Sangswang

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    I would intervene right when I saw first participant stepped out to use the bathroom. I would ask the team that “Team, we have seen that a team member needs a bathroom break. How would the team want to continue our session? Would you like to wait for him/her to return or would anybody wants a break, too?” I will ask every team members and let the team decide their consensus. If they decide to take a break, I would then ask next question “How long would you need in considering that we need to help PP solve the problem in next remaining xx minutes of our session?”.

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    Patrícia Ansarah

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    As an Action Learning Coach, I would intervene by saying that I have observed that we are working for a X period of time and that some of the participants are leaving the room mostly to use the bathroom. Then I would ask : Have anyone else observed it? Then I would ask : What is the impact of having people leaving the room while some participants are still working on the process? After hearing all the answers, I would ask : What could be our agreement on bathroom breaks?

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    Arthur LV

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    In the first place, before a long session of 90min, it’s good to do a reminder to go for a bathroom break at the beginning of the Action Learning session. However, if there are obvious situations that one or two participants went for bathroom break, then I shall intervene by asking participants’ observation of any situation (S) in the session. If they realize there were participants leaving the session for toilet breaks, I think it’s a learning opportunity and then ask them what they think are the impacts (I) for the happening. Finally, I shall ask them for the their decision whether the session is too long and would they want a short break.

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    Limin Miao

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    I would simply ask participants for their observations on any happening during the session. Assuming participants discover people are starting to use the bathroom. This can be followed with me asking them what would be the impact if the situation carry on. Finally, as a learning coach, I could simply ask them for the decision whether there should be a short break before they carry on the action learning session.

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    Wang Juan

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    When the team appears uncooperatively, I ask the following questions. I noticed that the team members would leave the meeting from time to time. Did you notice that?
    What would happen if someone was working on a tough problems and the team worked in such a way?
    How can team members limit and reduce this behavior?

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    Borin Buoy

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    I would intervene by asking the following questions:”Team, I noticed that some of members stepped out of the session, what is happening? (team members share ideas). What is the impact of not full participation from all team members? (team members share ideas). What can we do to improve for full participation? (all team members to decide)”

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    Savin Oeun

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    Being as a coach, I would intervene by asking team the question that “Hi Team, per this situation how can we ensure that every one are in the process together?”.

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