Scenario: Relocating

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

The team decides it is too beautiful inside to stay indoors and opts to move outside to a picnic table.

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    Susan Schneider

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    Assuming that the team truly had consensus, I would adapt, and move the session outside. I would verify that all team members knew where the picnic table was located, and the time we would reconvene. When we had assembled outside, I’d remind the team that the ground rules still applied, including my managing the time, reflecting on the session and their use of leadership skills. I would refocus the group by reminding them about asking questions of each other. If the group had specific difficulties, such as asking closed questions, I would briefly address that as well.

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    Rachel Wang

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    As Coach, I will first check with the whole team if everyone agrees this suggestion. If No, I will invite comments from each individual and then check with the team whether they still want to move outside. If it is confirmed as a team agreement, I will ask the team the benefits and potential negative impacts, and re-align with the team on their decision.

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    Dina Guo

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    I think inside and outside are both OK for action learning. But the key point is that we could not forget the important elements of action learning including of PP, leadership and questions. At the same time, the action learning rules should also be obeyed. As a coach, I would advise every member these rules above before we move outside.

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    Jonathan Tice

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    As an action learning coach I have absolutely no issue if the team decides they would like to conduct the action learning session outdoors. However, all team members would have to agree to the decision and there is nothing outside that may deter from learning I would move the session outside. Potential issues with holding the session outside would likely be in two different areas. First, there might be a higher chance of distraction with the group being exposed to weather, temperature, or other people. Secondly, an outside location likely will not have the same privacy as an inside location. Therefore, both of these elements would have to be considered before the decision was made to move outdoors.

    In any location the team decides to meet there must be a consensus to the decision and no element of disruption or distraction from the effectiveness of the group to learn and work.

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