Scenario: Laundry List

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team starts brainstorming some great solutions; stopping short of actually developing a fully and clearly implementable plan.

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    Vicky Glanville

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    I would ask them if they wanted to step outside of Action Learning and brainstorm before coming back to the Action Learning session. Once it is clear that this stage has completed, if no clear direction has been achieved I would ask each person to write down 1 suggestion for the problem presenter to consider and then ask them to read out in turn. I would then ask the PP what they plan on doing at the end

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    Pei Zheng

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    I choose not to intervene immediately, since their communication seems to be on the way of opening other windows. At the end of their talking regarding the “solutions” , I will ask the team “Have we completed a fully and clearly implementable plan? Yes, no, or close?” If no, I hope they could be back to develop the implementable plan.

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    Catherine Sandler

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    I would intervene to say that I had observed great brainstorming with many different possible solutions generated; I would ask the problem presenter what would be most helpful to them at this point? He or she might well say that narrowing down the possible solutions or identifying the best specific actions would be the most helpful next step and we could then continue. If he or she says that continued brainstorming would be the most helpful thing (and I was confident that there was close agreement on the definition of the problem) I would remind the group that in XX minutes I will be asking the problem what specific actions they will taking to solve their problem. When that time comes I would also ask the other members of the group to write down the one most helpful action they think the presenter should take, and share it in turn after he or she has shared their action points.

    My focus throughout would be on what seemed to be most helpful to the presenter. Sometimes this might mean that their problem or challenge has been unblocked rather than completely resolved. I think that this can be extremely helpful, even if there if no fully implementable action plan in place at the end of the session.

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