Scenario: Time Check

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member uses their phone to check the time.

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    Danny de Ruiter

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    Depending on the group’s flow, I would either do nothing at the moment itself but recall the situation during the final reflections, or ask the person/team directly what he/they think the impact of this act can be on the group’s current focus.

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    Christian Manlapaz

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    Pause the meeting. Ask what made them check their phones? Ask the members the group agreement on gadgets and electronics. The situation will be an intervention. I will ask, how this event manifest in their work environment? How is it affecting their and their teams effectiveness or efficiency? What can be possible ways to prevent or minimize similar incidents?

    On the next meeting, I would remind members of the agreement on devices and technology.

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    Arturo Rocha

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    Once the member has checked their phone depending on what the agreements made were I would use SID as an intervention if in the beginning of the session it is established during the norms that phones are not to be used, I would intervene in such a manner. Team I observed that a member has been using their phone during the session, What would be the impact if the team were to continue this session without following the agreements made before we started? Then I would follow up by asking them how would they like to proceed.

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    Aparna Jindal

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    I will intervene n ask how are we doing on following the norms set at the start of session. Did anyone notice a team member not following this norm. What’s the impact on team. What does the team want to do about it.

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    Angel Song

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    It depends on the specific situation at the time, if it is just a quick look at the time, it does not affect the discussion is fine.
    If it takes longer, I would intervene and say, “Student XX, I noticed that during the 5 minutes you were just there, you were looking at your phone and not participating in the discussion or asking questions. What is the impact on the group if one member is missing from the discussion? What do we expect from the group next?

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