Scenario: Multiple Responses

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

Lots of statements are made in response to a question that was posed to everyone.

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    Kimberly Johnson

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    As long as everyone is addressing the question that was posed I would let the team go forward. No need to intervene.

    If they are not all in response to the question, I would ask, “What question are you answering?”

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    Rachel Wang

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    There could be different scenarios:
    1. If the question is raised during problem framing phase, and there are comments may impact the consensus, I will intervene after everyone gets chance to response to confirm the progress on problem statement.
    2. If the team continues posting comments instead of asking new question, I will intervene to let them know my observation and ask about impacting if stopping question.

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    Gurpreet Bhatia

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    As long as the statements are concise, relevant to the question and people are not over-talking each other, I will not intervene.

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    Misbah Maqsood

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    As far as the statements are in response to the question posed, i will not intervene. If the statements made are not in response to the question posed, i will intervene and ask “What question are you answering to?”
    Also if the statements to the question posed, are being made for a significant amount of time, i will intervene and ask,” Now who has the next question?”

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    Romila Chopra

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    As an action learning coach I need to be mindful of the ground rules. As long as the statements being made are in response to the question being asked , I will not intervene. However , if the statements being made are not on point , I would intervene with the the question ” What question are you answering? “. If the statement is bringing in a different perspective , i would intervene with ” That’s a great idea , Could you put that in form of question ? ”
    If I think that similar statements are being made , I would intervene with ” Who has the next question ? “

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    Christophe GARS

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    If the multiples statements are all focused on the question, I won’t say anything.
    If the statements refer to different things out of the question topic, I would intervene by asking” What is your question ?” to the poser and “What is your answer to this question ? ” to the members who answered something which was not linked with the question.

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