Scenario: Overly Focused

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has generated a number of alternative perceptions, ideas, opinions, facts, etc. as to the true nature of the problem. Then the team starts focusing in on one (e.g., debating the merits or validity of the specific component) and omits other items from explicit consideration.

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    Philippe Rion

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    I ask the presenter “Of all the topics, ideas, facts, etc… that have been generated by the team’s, what are the others that you want to see explored?” This will allow the team to consider other avenues. For isolating the option that the group has focused on, I will ask the presenter and the team “If the item: debating the merits or validity of the specific component could not be considered, what other items might be of interest to you?

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    Kristi Alcouffe

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    I would say…”I’d like to intervene here. How have we done in terms of developing ALL the alternative perceptions, ideas, opinions and facts that have been developed as to the true nature of the problem?”

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    Sim Choo Khoo

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    As the AL Coach, I would ask “Team, with the many ideas generated, what do you notice on how we are focusing on specific ideas?
    If team says they notice that they are focusing on only one, I would ask “Team, how would focusing on 1 limit the solution for the PP?”
    I would then ask “With the time we have, how would you like to progress on ideas generated?”

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