Scenario: Facilitator

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation:

Someone decides they should start capturing what the team is saying on a flip chart and moves to the front of the room to do so.

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    xiaotsing ma

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    Coach ask team:”What is the purpose to capturing words?” and then “What we can do to help ourselves to think and focus on the points we get now at this moment?”

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    xiaotsing ma

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    Meanwhile, coach should asking questions before team start to move, because once there is one guy stand up, it tells else people “we made a decision, let’s do it!”, will be hard to call them back to table.

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    Jessica Panazzolo

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    I would ask them, “I noticed that someone left the group and is positioned at the front of the room writing the group speeches on the flip chart. As a group, how do we want to deal with this?” According to the answers, I would go deeper with the questions “How important is it to stay in a group?” and “How do we want to do this?”

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    Velma Morton

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    As the Coach, I would state my observation to the group. I noticed that someone has started capturing notes on the flip chart. Is that ok with the group, and is that the best way for the group to capture what is being said? This allows the group to stay involved and engaged in the process. By including the team they have an input on the way the information is being captured and allows each member to contribute to the learning process.

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    Ana Paula Alfredo

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    I would intervene by asking: I´ve noticed that X stand up and is taking notes in the flipchart. As a group, what is the impact of this action? How does the group want to handle this? Why is it important that everybody stays in the group?

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    Michelle Lim

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    I would intervene by reflecting my observation to the Team (‘Someone has stood up to record on the flip chart”), and ask the Team the impact this action has on them. I would also ask if the Team is collectively agreeable this manner of capturing notes continues — if there is collective agreement, I would not intervene thereafter. But if there isn’t consensus on how notes should be captured, I would continue to support the team in reflecting how they would like to resolve the difference in preferences.

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    Ana Carolina Ferreira

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    I would intervene by saying to the group : I ‘ve noticed that ___ is gathering the information in the Flip Chart. After this, I would use some of these questions : What impact does it have in the group work ? What the importance to work as group sitting in a circle ? As a group, do you agree with this? What is the impact in the balance of participation ? What do you want to decide as a group?
    If the group understands that it’s ok to continue so, I would let them going on, paying attention on the process, on the balance of participation, on the connection and communication among participants. if there’s any remarks , I would do another intervention , asking them to compare the work in a circle and the group work with a person who’s taking notes in a flip chart.

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