Scenario: Insufficient Time

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team realizes the problem presented is much bigger than the time allotted.

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    Linh Truong

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    At that moment, I would just simply reflect the situation back to the team and ask them “How do we want to handle it?” or “What can we do to best use of the time alloted?” then let the team proceed depending on their suggestions and decision.

    When it is time for the reflections on learning, I would refer back to that situation and ask the team what they can learn from it.

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    LUDWIG VINCENT TOLENTINO

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    Seeing a learning opportunity, this ALC will intervene with the remark, “I notice that there seems to be a shared realisation and understanding among TMs that because of the complexity of the problem, the time allotted may not be enough to analyse and uncover its root causes. Now, this ALC will ask, how does the team want to proceed and make the most of the time remaining? After the team reaches an agreement and arrives at a decision, this ALC will allow the team to proceed. The next act of this ALC will be a reminder intervention of an upcoming debriefing on what actions the PP will take as a result of this session. The session will culminate with a reflection of learnings of the situation earlier observed earlier – insufficient time ( What happened, what worked well after decision was made, what needs to be improved and what can be done differently to improve team performance).

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    Sneha Govind

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    As an ALC coach, I would firstly request the Problem Presenter to look at an urgent and critical problem that needs to be solved in the immediate future. If the problem statement seems be to be bigger than the time allocated for both the action learning session, I would ask the problem presenter to break down the problem to 1 or 2 critical parts that needs urgent and immediate attention. Which can thereby help the reminder of the problem eventually.

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    Christian Manlapaz

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    Ask the team how they want to handle the problem knowing it will take more time. Create new agreements and commitments from the members. Prioritize what can be solved at that time and what are the issues need to solved in the coming meetings.

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