Scenario: Body Language

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Several team members are sitting with their arms folded across their chest.

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    Cassie Gibbons

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    I would ask the following questions:
    How does nonverbal communication influence our ability to work as a team?
    How might it influence balance of participation?
    What body language represents curiosity and engagement?

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    M Meulesteen-Kuipers

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    I would ask how the group thinks we are doing. I would appoint what I observed and ask if the group did also. What do we think about it? What do we know about body language and what do we need in this session? What do we feel when we see someone with their arms folded across their chest?

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    Karan Kathuria

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    I would first ask the group how we are doing as a team and if there is anything that we could do differently/better. If a participant points out body language as an improvement area, I would ask how can we improve that.
    If no one points out body language as an improvement area, I would ask the group impact of non-verbal communication/body language on the group’s ability to come up with constructive solutions.

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    Pei Zheng

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    I will say: “I observed several members were sitting with arms folded across chest. What do we feel when we see this body language? What does it impact our teamwork? What should we do to provide more positive impact to our team?”

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    Mario Paiva

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    I Noted that most people not are totally comfortable in participation, anyone else observed? What is the impact of this? How does the group want to deal with it?

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    Roxette Lam

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    I intervened by asking questions:
    – According to Team, on a scale of 1 – 10 of the level of actively participating in the session, which number are we?
    – How to increase the active participation level of members?
    – In your opinion, what role does body languages play in group interaction?
    – What are the signs of positive body languages?
    – What is the impact of non – positive body languages for the group discussion?
    – What do we do next?

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    Lai Yin Yong

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    I will ask first ” Team, how are we doing as a group so far on a scale of 1-10?” “Is there area that we could do better?’ ” If the team could not relate to body languages area, then I would further ask more specific question” Team, what sort of positive body language do we observed?” What are the sign of non- positive body launguage?” ” What is the team consenses for today’s session?’

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    Izabela Maciejewska

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    I would watch the group work. I would not intervene if the work were effective.

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