Scenario: Inspiration

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

A participant responds to a question with – What inspired that question?

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    Kimberly Johnson

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    As coach I believe it is fine that the team member asks that question, but they should answer the question that was posed before asking the question.

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      Rachel Wang

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      Yes, agreed. As coach, I will ask the member to answer the question first. And then he/she can decide if still wants to ask his/her own question.

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    Sara Williams

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    As a coach, I think it is important to protect the process and ensure that the initial question is answered by members of the team. I would ask, “Before the follow-up question is asked, does anyone have a response to the initial question?” I would also ask the secondary questioner if they have a way to remember their question should they choose to ask it after the team’s response to the first question.

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    Maria Acker

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    As a coach, I believe that this is an appropriate question to ask if the initial question that was posed was answered. If the group had not yet responded to the initial question, I would ask, “Does anyone in the group have a response to the previous question on the table?”

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    Pakorn Payoonsavatdeth

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    As a Coach, I would intervene. I observe that we have a question have not answer yet. Does anyone would like to response the question. Pause..wait for an answer…. Then I will ask them to decide the how they would like to continue with those question.?

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    Michelle Ow

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    I will intervene and request for the participant to respond to the initial question first, before asking the “What inspired that question?” question.

    If this behaviour happens more than once, from the same participant, or from the team, I will intervene by asking:
    * Team, are we adhering to the ground rules of the process?
    * does a similar experience occur at the workplace, where responses are avoided, or more questions are asked before a response can be given?
    * what is the impact of this happening too often at the workplace?

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