Scenario: May I

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

You say “may I do a checkin?” amd a team member says “NO”

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    Marie Tseng


    As a coach, I have the right to intervene whenever I see a learning opportunity. So I would avoid to use “May I”.
    If I do, I would turn it into a joke and say it was meant as a polite way to intervene, rather than asking for permission, remind the team of rule number 2 and proceed with what I wanted to say.
    This would bring a second learning opportunity : the impact of my intervention. I would ask the team: “Is it important to be assertive as a team member if you feel you have something valuable to share? Why ? What are the options to intervene?”


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