Scenario: Powerful Question

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation:

Someone asks a question that changes the depth and understanding of the true nature of the problem.

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    Steve Morgan

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    I would make note of the question as an example of a good question and mention it at the end. “[Name] asked a powerful question. What effect did that have on our understanding of the problem?” If we had more time, ask “What did we learn about problem solving?”

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    Monique Reynaers

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    I would write down the question. At the end I would compliment the questioner. I would ask the group what the effect of the good question was on the process and what happened in the group. Questions that I could also ask are:
    What is the effect on individual learning? What is the effect on organizational learning.

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    Sue J Brown

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    As the Action Learning Coach, I would “pause” allow a few quiet minutes for the team to absorb the question, and impact it had on their” thinking and learning. I would write the question, and use it in the summary as an example of a “powerful question.” I would ask team members to comment on how their perspective or learning changed as a result of the question.

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    Hans Gelten

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    If possible, I would complement the participant who raised the question with a big thumb up (depends on the moment and the flow of the process)

    Further, I would make a note of the Big question, and during the evaluation I would ask the team why this question was so important, what the influence was for the process and what each individual has learned from this.

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    John Laycock

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    I would make a note of the question that was asked and by who. During the reflections on learning at the end of the session I would ask “were there any good questions asked?” and “what were they?”. I would follow up by asking the problem presenter how this question helped them, or what the group learned about the power of questions.

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    Oam Ratanakarn

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    When team member asks question that changes the depth and understanding of the problem, as AL coach, I’ll ask the group “What do you think about the latest question being asked?”, then I’ll also ask “How that question impact to your understanding for the problem?”. I’ll let team members answer. Next, I’ll ask them “From that question, what are qualities you can observe?; follow with the question “What can we learn about it?”

    Rather than holding learning reflection at the end of the session, I prefer to capture learning moment that team members shift their group understanding about the problem. It would be great for doing learning reflection that may help them having depth understanding before moving on the next set of questions.

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    Lais Cauduro

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    I would ask the team what the impact of that question was on understanding the problem. Then I would ask the team members what changed with that question.

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