Scenario: Deliberate Distraction

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation: What do you do as a coach when a team member asks a question which is obviously in no way related to the problem presented?  I.e. the team is working on an organisational culture problem and the next question is “Does anyone in the group have a preference for where we have lunch?”

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    Steve Morgan


    If the rest of the group is engaged in solving the problem, I would expect someone to suggest that the group deal with the question of lunch preferences later. If no one responds, I would say that there was a question asked about lunch. How would you like to deal with that? After decision, I might ask another question, “How are we doing at building on each other’s questions?” Why is that important? Then “Who has the next question?”


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