Scenario: Idiot

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member of the team asks another in an angry voice – How can you be such an idiot?  

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    david tsipenyuk

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    As a coach, I would pause the session and highlight to the action learning group “I am observing inappropriate behaviour amongst the members of the group. Is anyone also observing such behaviour? How would you as a group like to handle such behaviour moving forward?” Furthermore, during the first possible session break, I would request the individual who such a remark for a brief 1 on 1 discussion in order provide a corrective action.

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    Amar PATEL

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    I sense anger in the room. Does anyone else feel this way? How would the team like to manage this situation?

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    Sue J Brown

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    Setting a few basic “ground rules” about how members of a team treat and communicate with each other during the Action Learning session, can set expectations and lay the groundwork for the session. (perhaps avoid such an outburst). The use of “how can you be such an idiot?” is an inappropriate statement to a team member, and the Action Learning Coach must ask the team how they wish to handle the behavior, and any future inappropriate statements.

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