Scenario: Fire

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The fire alarm sounds.  

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    Eungkoo Kang

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    I will say “we need to be remained calm first when something urgent happens. It’s better than being in a flurry. ” And I will check the situation if something urgent really happens. If it turns out to be malfunctioning, I will let them know it is okay. And I will ask the team, “what was just happening? ” “what was an impact on our team?” “what would you do if something similar to this happening happens in your team as a team?”

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    Song Chen

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    As a coach, first of all, make sure everyone is calm and then make sure there is an accident. If not, I will ask to the team: what has happened to our team?

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    Andrew Christopher

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    I would make sure the group immediately followed emergency procedures, but when we returned I would ask the group what process they want to use to determine how they will respond to sudden interruptions like fire alarms. This will form a new norm that will decrease the impact of future interruptions.

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    Myrte van Grieken

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    The fire alarm goes off, that means one thing: that we have to leave the building. We stop the session and look for another place where it is safer to continue the session.

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    Susan Schneider

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    I would remind people of the evacuation route we were told about before the session began. As people gathered their belongings to evacuate, I would tell them “When we return to the room, I will ask you whether we should keep our planned end time or extend the session.”

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    Maria Acker

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    I would ensure that the team followed the appropriate emergency evacuation procedures. If the building was given the all clear and employees could return to the meeting space before the scheduled end time, I would unpack the following questions and ask the group as we settled back in how the sudden interruption landed with the group; how they were feeling; what is its impact on the Action Learning process; and how they’d like to proceed. If the group was unable to return to the meeting space before the scheduled end time, I would follow-up with an email to the group asking a variation of the above questions.

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