Scenario: Finish Up

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team wants the last 15 minutes to finish up the problem instead of doing the final reflection.

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    Paulina Gucka

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    I would ask during intervention: “Why is it important for the team to finish up instead of doing final reflection? What they gain by replacing reflection with finishing up? What they loose replacing it with finishing up the problem?” and at the end what other solutions the group see to reflect at the end and achieve their goal related to the problem.

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    Hanh Nguyen

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    I will remind the team about the name of method “Action Learning Coach” so they can understand the importance of Action and Learning. After that i will ask them how to balance between Action and Learning then the team can consider again their decision to spend the last 15 minutes.

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    Anni Townend

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    As an action learning coach I would be keen to remind the team that at the start of this the final session I had said that we would finish our work today, and that the problem presenter will be taking the work forward by way of their actions. I would also want to take a Teaching Moment, and remind the group of the importance of reflection and learning about problem solving, and developing our individual leadership skills.
    Then I would ask the Problem Presenter ‘What actions they are going to take as a result of the session’; and ask the team What they did best as a team, and What they learnt about Problem-solving and Team Building. I would make sure that I heard from everyone in the team.
    I would then ask each person about their individual skills development with examples. Finally I would ask what they could apply, learn that they could apply and is relevant to their lives and their organisation.
    If however the team had pushed back at the beginning of this the final session I would ask before the ‘Teaching Moment’ if appropriate what would be the impact on the team of staying with the problem, and what they would want to do about it.
    At this stage of my own learning and reflecting on Action Learning I would be more comfortable in sticking with the structure of Finishing with Reflection, Learning, Application and Action – so would only ask about the impact IF I felt there was time for that, the team would respond at pace, so that we could finish with learning and reflection and action.

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    Luke Tanner

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    I think this is why it’s important to remind them of the remining time they have repeatedly. In this case, I would remind them of the remaining time until the final reflection and ask them what action steps they need to take to solve their problem. It sounds like they may need another session.

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    Tuyen Van

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    As the action learning coach, I will ask the team ” Why do they want to finish up the problem in 15 minutes in stead of doing learning? ” What happened if team don’t have the learning reflection? Do they agree if the team will spend 15 more to doing the final reflection? or “How about if we do the final reflection and then team will have another action learning?”

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    Salete Deon Deon

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    As Action Learning Coach I would remind the team about the beggining of the session where I mentioned that in the end of session we will use the last 20 minutes for discussing individuals and group learnings and that is important for complete the session. After this I would ask the time “how can we manage this considering this important Action Learning Phase?

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    Andrea Nery

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    I would remember that learning with the process is a relevant part of an action learning session and final reflection contributes to consolidate individual and collective learning.
    In case all participants and I have time available I would offer additional minutes finish up the problem with the commitment to complete the reflection and learning process in the last 20 minutes of the session.
    In case we have no availability to additional time I would “how can we manage it considering this important Action Learning Phase?

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    Jessica Low

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    As an Action Learning coach, I would ask the team “Why is it important for them to use the last 15 minutes to finish up on the problem?” Depending on the answer, one is could be due to consensus of NO on the problem and they would like to work on reaching an agreement to it, I would highlight that in a session of AL, there is possibility the team may not be able to derive to the solution presented and reminding the team the definition of AL highlighting not just about problem solving but learning as individuals, as a team, & as an organisation while doing so.

    Follow up question would be “How would the team like to manage the learning process as part of AL in the last 15 minutes?”

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