Scenario: Meyers Brigg

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: As you are watching the team you realize there are 5 strong extraverts and one introvert on the team. The introvert does not appear to be participating. When you ask – How is the balance of participation? The introvert says I am participating it just takes me longer to process and I keep missing the opportunity.

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    Paulina Gucka

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    As AL coach I would ask the group: “How the described situation (someone missing the opportunity) impacts the work on solving the problem?” and than “What we could do better as group to maximize the potential of the whole group?”.

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    Fabrice Pettoello

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    I would ask to the team:
    1. “What is the impact on the team?”
    2. “How do we want to obtain the participation of everyone without missing opportunities?”

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    Anni Townend

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    As an action learning coach having asked the team ‘How is the balance of participation?’ and the person with the more introverted preference sharing that it takes them longer to process and that they keep missing the opportunity therefore to participate I would ask ‘What is the impact of this on the team?’ and, or ‘What can we do as a team to increase the participation of everyone in the team?’ I might also ask ‘What is the impact of missing the opportunity to participate on our problem solving?’ and finally I think I would ask ‘What can the team do to ensure the participation of everyone in the team?’

    It is possible also that I might take a ‘teaching moment’ at some point, if Myers Briggs is something the team have used, and use to understand and appreciate each other’s differences, and gifts. Thus I might say something about the different ways in which people engage, some of us needing time to think then to speak and then think again, and others of us preferring to speak then think and then speak. If I did this I would then ask the team ‘What can we do as a team to appreciate and enjoy these differences?’

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    Luke Tanner

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    As the coach I would follow-up on their answer with another question. “How can we ensure participation from all members of the team and why is that important?”

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    Andrea Nery

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    I would add some other questions:
    “Why it is important to balance the participation?”
    “Which is the impact in the team?”
    ”How do we want to manage this?”

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    Jessica Low

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    As the coach I would ask the team “How can they ensure everyone does not miss out on the opportunity?” Follow up question would be “How missing opportunity can impact the team in solving the problem?” Finally, “What can we do to prevent this from happening again?”

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    Lee Kwan Meng

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    As an Action Learning Coach, I would first ask the team “How are we all contributing individually as a team? If there is a response that one of them is yet to contribute, I would also whether there is any way we can do anything about it? Then to response to the introvert who said that that he still needs time to process the issue, I will then ask the team in what way we can help the introvert to understand the issue better?

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