Scenario: Long Problem Statement

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You ask the problem presenter to briefly state the problem but the person continues on for an inordinate period of time not only stating the problem but also describing contextual details related to the problem.

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    William Teo

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    I will intervene by saying, “thank you PP”, immediately followed by, “who has the first question?”

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      Joop van Nierop

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      My approach will be. ‘Thank you PP’, we will discuss our methodology later on during our meeting. For now ‘who has the first question’.

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    Monika Kantowicz-Gdanska

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    I would intervene saying: “I observe there are a lot of contextual details being shared about the problem. For this phase of the meeting we need a brief description – so can you summarize the problem in one sentence and we will continue with the questions from the group, to help you better define it?” At first I thought of these kind of intervention: “I can observe there are a lot of contextual details being shared about the problem. Do we need so much information to start asking the questions?”. After a while I think that at this moment of the session the first proposition of intervention would be better. I would be pleased to receive a suggestion which intervention would be better 😉

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    Angeline Yong

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    I would intervene by saying, “Thank you (PP) for the detailed description. Please help us understand better by summarising your problem statement in one sentence.”

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    Anneke Broekroelofs

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    After explaining the AL rules, identifying the leadership skills and stating the time left to work on the problem I would ask the problem presenter to please take a maximum of 2 minutes to tell us the problem of task that he/she would like the group to help him/her with. After 1.5 minutes I would tell the PP there are 30 seconds left. After the 2 minutes I would intervene by thanking him/her and asking the group who has the first question.

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