Scenario: Eye lock Written by DrBea on April 3, 2017. Posted in Action Learning, WIAL Action Learning, WIAL Talk As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation: The problem presenter locks eyes with you when presenting the problem. Tags: Action Learning Coach, WIAL Action Learning, WIAL Talk Trackback from your site. Comments (14) Bolen Pech April 3, 2017 at 7:36 am | # What ALC can do is to turn our eyes away from the PP’s eyes, by pretending to look at the notes or write something at the notes. By doing so, the problem presenter will look at other participants. Reply Ismady Norsyam Ishak April 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm | # The body language of coach is very important how I position myself into the process. Coming to face such situation I will glance at my notes and divert my body towards the opposite more towards the team. Knowing that it may occur again gently position my posture out if there is no intervention. Reply Paul Duncan April 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm | # As an ALC I would “lean out” from the table and like Ismady I would look at my notes and perhaps note this for an intervention later on if a pattern emerges Reply Silvia QR April 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm | # I think it is very important as an AL Coach to effectively use our body language from the start, and as soon as we ask the Problem Presenter to introduce his/her problem, to “lean out” and even show “balcony perspective”. If he locks his eyes, 1) I would first look to other participants (panning) I believe that the subconscious message that sends is to look to other people 2) then take note of what is happening in case a pattern emerges for a later intervention, as mentioned by Paul. Reply Dr Bea May 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm | # As all have said. I would look away. Simply looking at another participant will encourage them to follow the coaches gaze. Happy Coaching Bea Reply Barbara Sanchez May 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm | # As an AL Coach, I will simply look away or look at the rest of the participants, look down, take notes of what’s going to give the problem presenter an opportunity to talk and have eye contact with the rest of the team members. Reply qiuyue Wu June 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm | # When the problem presenter locks eyes with the coach during presenting the problem, usually he/she is a bit nervous or being watched by the coach. As a coach, I would simply look away from him/her and take some notes. Reply Denise Locke July 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm | # This is about body language which we picked up on during our coaching training. I have used this technique and it does work. I would be sitting slightly apart from the group anyway so that it’s clear I am not a part of the discussion. As I locked eyes with this person I would look away at someone else and hopefully they would then look away too. I would then observe this person to see if this is something they keep doing. If they continue with this behaviour I would consider intervening and asking the group if they can remind us what the role of the coach is i.e. the coach is there to help the team with their learning but is not part of the problem solving. If it still continued I would perhaps ask the person during a break if there was anything they wanted to discuss as maybe they keep looking at the coach because they feel the need to communicate for some other reason than the problem in hand. Reply Nancy Frazier July 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm | # In the case where the we are just starting the action learning session, I would lean back and slowly slide my chair away from the group to give a sense of separation between me as the coach and the working group. This also serves as a reminder that I am there to focus on the group’s performance, and not its problem solving. Then, if the eye contact continued, I would look at other participants as a way to signal that the problem presenter should direct their attention to the working group. As a second to last measure, I would resort to notes, but if this continued, I would intervene, but the preference is to not intervene, but to allow the situation to correct itself using the other forms of body language. Reply Daniela Adamo August 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm | # Awareness of body language of all participants is very important. I would be sitting slightly separated or push my chair away from the table. This would indicate that I am part of the group as a coach, but not actually taking part in the conversation. If the problem presenter continues to lock eyes with me, I would look at someone else and this would encourage them to follow my gaze. Alternatively, I would start taking notes in order to discourage them from continuing looking at me and move their attention to other participants. Reply Stephanie Brown September 14, 2017 at 12:45 am | # l would change seats or stand up or shift my eyes and attention toward the team members in hope that they will follow. Reply Thitiwan Sinthunok September 25, 2017 at 6:40 am | # As a coach in the session , after placement the ground rule and let pp. present problem statement. After first question “ who want to ask first question?” I (as a coach) have observe team members for note their questions that suit to their leadership competency. My eyes are not lock at the pp. (looking around , looking at the members that ask , and also attention to the note that I will give my observation at the end of session for team learning.) Reply Leo lee November 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm | # I would lean out from the table so that it’s clear I am not a part of the discussion.Then I will shift my eyes and attention toward the team members in hope that they will follow. Reply Izabela Maciejewska January 18, 2020 at 5:33 pm | # As an AL Coach, I would look at another team members to encourage the problem presenter to look at the rest of the participiants. Reply Leave a comment You must be logged in to post a comment.