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Scenario: Presenter Question

As an Action Learning Coach how would you handle the following situation: All of the questions are directed at the problem presenter. After asking the standard 3 questions no one has mentioned this.  

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    Jeff Feldman

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    I would ask something along the lines of “Has anyone noticed who is receiving all of our questions thus far?” Based on the group’s response . . . which I think would be apparent . . . we could explore the benefit of opening up the questioning to others. How might we engage others in the process of responding to questions? What value is there to be gained by doing so? And to the Problem Presenter . . . What does it feel like being asked all of the questions? Are there some questions you might like to ask of the group?

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    Nancy Frazier

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    As the Action Learning Coach, I would intervene and address them accordingly, framing the question in a different way, such as:

    By asking questions of each other, how can we discover the other knowledge members of the working group have? Why is it important that we tap into the diverse knowledge available to us here?

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  • Dr Bea

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    I would ask – What’s the balance of who is asking and who is answering questions?
    Why is it important that we tap all the knowledge we have here?
    How can we tap into each others knowledge?

    Happy Coaching
    Bea

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    Yoge Rajendra

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    Team, how are we doing so far?
    What’s the team interaction level on a scale of 1-10?
    What can we do to improve that?

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    Japheth Lim

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    I would asked, “Team, i notice that all the questions are directed to the problem presenter, how would that impact the team? How can be better tap into each others knowledge?

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    Barbara Brown

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    I would ask, “What have you noticed about who the questions have been directed to?” Assuming they would answer they have all been directed to the presenter I would then ask what the impact of that is and then what they will do to improve.

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    Jose Miguel Zaballero

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    I would do a quick Yes-No round and ask: “Have you been asked a question?”

    Since the members will say “No”, I would then follow with: “What would be the impact if only the problem presenter gets to answer questions?”

    Then I would ask: “Coming from this, what do we need to do as a team moving forward?”

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    Eric Yang

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    Let’s stand up ,how the calarity level regarding to PP’s questions ?
    Scacle from 1-10 , would you please advice your level?
    How can we achive a little bit higher level?

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    Lois Parkes

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    I would intervene by asking the group, “To whom are all the questions directed to so far?” After their responses, I would follow up by asking, “What does the group think might be the possible impact of directing all the questions to one person?” followed by “How does the group wish to proceed with its questioning, bearing in mind their objective/the problem to be solved?”

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    Dee Dee Rush

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    I would intervene and say I noticed that all the questions are going to the problem presenter. Who else might have answers to some of these questions? How will this benefit the group to hear from others on the team? What can you change moving forward? Who want to ask the next question?

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    Jos Martens, MBA

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    As an Action Learning Coach I notice that all the questions are being directed towards the problem raiser. I therefore ask the team the following: How can we employ the present knowledge and experience in order to jointly identify problems? The problem-raiser can be asked the following question: which question do you want to ask the team?

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