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Scenario: Consensus?

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team says they are at consensus on the real problem but you disagree.

Scenario: My View

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Hearing the initial statement of the problem you are clear what the real problem is. The team heads down a different path with it.

Scenario: Mind Mapping

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: One of the team members is familiar with mind mapping and suggests to the team that they create a mind map for the problem. Everyone on the team encourages the person to take the lead and walk them through it.

Scenario: Close

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member says they feel closer to the members of their Action Learning team they have been working with the last couple days than people they have worked with for 30 years.

Scenario: Day 2

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Your team is working for 2 half days on a project. They have done an amazing job the first afternoon. As they are gathering the next morning a new participant joins the group.

Scenario: True Leader

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: One of the participants does something that strongly supports their leadership skill.

Scenario: Visuals

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: One of the participants suggests that each team member draw a picture of what they see the problem is. Everyone is enthusiastic to give it a try.

Scenario: TMI

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant responds to the question they were asked and continues on with additional information that is no longer answering the original question.

Scenario: Verbose

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Several participants are answering the questions extensively, including repetition, history, minute details and ancillary information.

Scenario: Rapid Fire

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone asks a series of questions without waiting for an answer.

Scenario: Tick tock

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is running out of time and does not have clear next steps.

Scenario: Butting in

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone answers a question that was asked of someone else.

Scenario: Coach questioned

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Some of the group members direct questions to you since they were aware you had knowledge of the situation; despite you repeatedly stating your role as coach.

Scenario: Leg Stretch

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member stands during a session continuing to stay engaged with the problem solving.

Scenario: Bathroom Break

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The session has been going for a long stretch and participants start stepping out to use the bathroom.

Scenario: Too Much Information

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team in a single problem action learning set asks questions to the sponsor (the boss). In addition to answering the question, the sponsor talks about the context, history, options, ideas for solutions, etc., etc. As coach, you’ve asked the boss – “what question are you answering?” The boss indignantly says that one. You ask what was it? He says – “I don’t know.” This happens with each question regardless of whether it is closed or open. The team members are uncomfortably aware of this high power distance (respect for authority) and say it’s ok.

Scenario: Refusal to Participate

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member of the team does not want to participate.

Scenario: Building Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The participants have asked some very powerful questions and are clearly building on each others questions.

Scenario: Action Assistance

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: After the actions are defined the problem presenter asks for help implementing them.

Scenario: Leading Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant is convinced of the true nature of the problem and repeats the same questions over and over in an effort to persuade the others, even after others have made it clear that they do not believe that is the real problem is. They believe that what this particular participant is advocating is just another symptom.

Scenario: Repetitive Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team members are starting to ask the same questions over and over again.

Scenario: Own World

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team new to Action Learning is working on a problem for a single session. Each member has a clear idea of what the solution is and thus only asks questions related to the solution they believe is the right one.

Scenario: Question Question Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member asks a particularly energizing question, several members follow this with additional questions before there is time for a response.

Scenario: The Race is On

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You are working with a team that values being the fastest at everything – including reaching consensus on the problem. Instead of writing the problem in their own words they mimic the words said by the Problem Presenter. They happily agree they are at consensus since the words they say match.

Scenario: Testing Team

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You’ve agreed to do a demo for an organization and ask your contact to be the problem presenter. Your contact decides to test the team and the process by giving mis-information. In other words lying when they respond to questions. By the time this becomes apparent, many of the team members are upset and have made the decision that the process is stupid.

Scenario: Tools

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You ask the team how they want to process based on how they said they could come to consensus. One of the participant shouts out an idea and jumps up to get it started before any other team members have had a chance to respond.

Scenario: Team work

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working extremely well. Exploring deeper and deeper avenues as to what the problem is.

Scenario: Deeply moved

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member who is neither the responder nor the questioner, becomes withdrawn after listening to the exchange that has just taken place.

Scenario: Chit Chat

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Two vocal members chit chatted with each instead of engaging in the problem solving. Their behavior repeated despite the intervention with team consensus to have one conversation at a time.

Scenario: Us vs Them

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: As team members come in and sit down all the participants in leadership roles sit on one side of the table; everyone else on the other.

Scenario: Back tracking

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has decided they should capture the themes that they are hearing on the white board. As they begin someone asks another question that leads them back to investigating the problem.

Scenario: Intervention timing

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The group has been processing particularly well, but it has been more than 30 minutes since the last intervention.

Scenario: Problem or Puzzle

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You are presenting an Introduction to Action Learning. You ask for someone to volunteer a problem. The problem presented is “I need to upgrade the operating system on my computer.”

Scenario: Please explain

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant asks another participant to explain what the intent behind their question was. For example, saying – “It feels like a there is a question behind your question. I’m curious what that question is?

Scenario: Action refusal

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant is asked to take an action and declines because they know they do not have time to complete it.

Scenario: Confidentiality

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Two teams during a leadership development program agree to complete confidentiality. During the break they chat with members of the other team about the problem they are working on.

Scenario: Trust

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member is sharing during an intervention and says – Wow, I can’t believe I just shared that, I can’t believe how comfortable I’ve become with this team.

Scenario: Take charge

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: During the session someone jumps up to the easels and starts capturing the important things that are said.

Scenario: Expert

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: As the problem progresses you realize you have a poignant piece of information that could be tremendously useful to the team, as the problem they are discussing is in your field of expertise.

Scenario: Unavailable Member

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Just prior to the beginning of the meeting, the group is informed that a member has been asked by her boss to handle an emergency, and will not be able to join the group for the first 2 hours of the session.

Scenario: Multifaceted

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working hard to come up with a single well defined problem statement. They’ve realized the problem is multifaceted and are struggling coming up with a single problem statement that covers all the aspects of the situation.

Scenario: Guess

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The problem presenter decides this is a game where the team members have to guess what s/he is thinking the real problem is. Consequently, they keep their answer as short as possible, to the point of being evasive.

Scenario: Speed racer

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has clear actions and a solution before the allotted time for the session has expired. You are uncomfortable that they have missed something.

Scenario: Multiple Responses

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Many statements are made in response to a question that was posed to everyone.

Scenario: Ignored Norms

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Team members are not adhering to the norms they agreed to.

Scenario: Limited Choice

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone asks a great open question, then follows it with a couple choices for the response. For example- What is it that bother you most about this situation? Is it A or is it B?

Scenario: Group Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: One of the participants asks a question of the entire team, after a single answer another question is asked and the team moves on to the next question.

Scenario: Silent Observer

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working on a problem for a single session. One of the members tells you that they already have it figured out – both the problem and the solution- so they will not disrupt the process and sit quietly until everyone else figures it out.

Scenario: Spinning

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team members address various perspectives of the problem. Clearly seeing multiple views as to the true nature of the problem. They ask questions that cause them to bounce from one perspective to another to another to another and back to the first. They continually repeat the cycle without settling on which aspect of the challenge to address.

Scenario: No no norm

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A norm that the team set is not working for them. For instance, they decide they must check with each team member if they want to respond to a question before moving to the next question. They discover this is slowing the process to a painful pace.

Scenario: Wiped Out

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has been working diligently for hours. They decide together it’s time for a break and choose to take and hour, all agreeing that the action for this stretch of time will be to let their minds rest, but as additional questions come to mind they’ll keep note of it.

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.

Scenario: Forgotten norms

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team does not recall what norms they have set.

Scenario: Favorite Tool

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Your favorite tool for diagraming a problem is a mind map. You know doing this would help the team see this problem much more clearly.

Scenario: Too Hot

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone from the team gets up and turns the a/c on without checking with the other team members.

Scenario: Done

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has gone as far as they can defining a solution and there is still time left in the session. What they have identified is not well defined – but is as clear as they can get at the moment.

Scenario: Poignant Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A particularly poignant question is asked. This is followed by a long silence.

Scenario: multiple views

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working for a single session on the problem of the day. As they each read out their view of the real problem it’s clear they are coming at it from multiple perspectives. Consequently, they are having trouble reaching consensus on the real problem.

Scenario: Takeover

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: In the midst of a corporate problem that deals with developing a business development strategy for an organization with declining business, the company is purchased by a large conglomerate.

Scenario: Time Check

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

Scenario: Nothing

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The problem presenter says they were not helped at the end of the session.

Scenario: Two owners

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You have two problem owners for your project. You assume that the problem owners have coordinated the presentation of the problem for the kickoff session. As soon as one starts to present the problem the other interrupts with a very different view of the problem.

Scenario: The boss

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team consists of a vice president and four of his reports. One of the reports asks a question and the vice president asks – “Why did you ask that?”, The Vice president than asks a question that a team member than asks – “Why did YOU ask that?” – their tone makes it clear that they are retaliating for the boss having questioned someone’s question.

Scenario: Silo-ed Participants

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Each member of the team is focused on their own line of questioning. This becomes particularly clear when participants start asking questions they have asked multiple times.

Scenario: Wow

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: At the end of the session when you ask the team members what they will take back with them, one of the participants says – we are already seeing a shift in how we work together. It’s amazing – people are making sure they understand the problem before jumping to solutions, they are asking powerful curious questions, and they are taking time to really listen to each other.

Scenario: Multiple variables

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has been working on this problem for several sessions. This will be their last session to develop a complete, implementable solution. The team is attempting to analyze the problem in a search to identify the one key variable that they can influence change to create movement in the direction of their established goal or end result. They are debating the relevance of only a few factors and seem to be ignoring the probability that the problem situation was caused or is perpetuated by multiple factors.

Scenario: Learnings

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: During the learning check-in the team has identified all of the learning opportunities you had noted both in terms of what went well and what could be better.

Scenario: Multiple Levels

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team will only be working on this problem for one session. It’s extremely urgent that they find a solution to the problem, as lives are literally at risk. Every time the team seems close to getting to consensus a question is asked that takes them someplace else. You realize there are two levels that are being looked at – some participants are focused at a single group level (How do I address this with my group?), others at a corporate level (How do I address this with all groups?).

Scenario: New tool

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You recently attended training and learned a new way of doing root cause analysis. You know if you share this with the team they will be able to identify the real problem much quicker.

Scenario: Empty toolbox

As an Action Learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is not utilizing any tools for problem solving other than Action Learning.

Scenario: Laundry List

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team starts brainstorming some great solutions; stopping short of actually developing a fully and clearly implementable plan.

Scenario: Nerve hit

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: An extraordinarily deep question is asked. The responder sits quietly for a minute than begins to weep.

Scenario: Changing Roles

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You have changed roles from participant to coach. One of the team members asks you a problem related question.

Scenario: Locked to the table

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: None of the participants have moved from their seats since the start of the session.

Scenario: Executive Coaching

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member is an executive coach and decides to use this skill to investigate what is really going on for the problem presenter. They ask a series of questions in a row. They have shifted it to a one on one session to the point that they have turned their back to the rest of the team to have this poignant conversation with the problem presenter.

Scenario: Facilitator

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone from the team steps up and starts facilitating the session. For example, standing up, grabbing a marker and saying we should do a force field analysis – what are the things supporting this activity? What are those against it?

Scenario: Eager Team Member

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member of the team you are coaching insists on answering questions that are being directed to the Problem Presenter

Scenario: Multiple Behaviors

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Each participant identifies a leadership skill to work on for the session. These skills are captured on the white board. By the end of the session it’s apparent that all the team members have actually practice their own skill and several of the skills that were captured on the white board.

Scenario: Insufficient Time

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team realizes the problem presented is much bigger than the time allotted.

Scenario: Passing Notes

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone walks in the room where the team is working and passes a note to one of the participants.

Scenario: Missing Action

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member did not complete the tasks that she had agreed to do at the session held last month.

Scenario: Opposite Behavior

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant does something in direct contradiction to their chosen skill.

Scenario: Presenter Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: All of the questions are directed at the problem presenter.

Scenario: Repeat Behavior

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team decides they should be asking each other more questions instead of just asking questions of the problem presenter. However they continue directing all of the questions to the problem presenter.

Scenario: Fire

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The fire alarm sounds.

Scenario: One bite at a time

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: After the team members each read out their version of the problem, you realizes there are many aspects to it. When you ask them if they have agreement on the problem they all say close. You disagree.

Scenario: Distrusting Culture

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A year earlier the organization was a acquired by another company. All fun activities were cut from the budget (picnics, team outings, etc.) and were replaced with ridged procedures. This team is tasked with making the workplace fun again. The top HR person on the team is convinced it will never happen and says so with every idea.

Scenario: Missing Sponsor

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Your action learning group has met several times, asking questions to better clarify the nature of the problem as presented by the problem owner’s delegate in the initial session. It became clear after the second session that the delegate could not answer most of the questions the group was posing. The group agreed the problem owner should be invited to the next session. The problem owner agreed to 45 minutes at the next session due to his tight schedule. The sessions was rescheduled three times over the next month. The delegate was running into scheduling roadblocks with the problem owner – despite the problem owner’s initial pledge that he was fully supportive of the effort. The delegate was becoming concerned that she was loosing credibility with team members and that they were losing motivation to participate.

Scenario: Quick Response;

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone from the team mentions it hot in here, someone else gets up to turn the air conditioner on.

Scenario: Conflicting Priorities

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Part way through the session, one of the members mentioned a meeting they have that will require them to leave early. Several other participants mention they need to go to the same meeting, leaving only 2 participants for the session.

Scenario: Missing Participants

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team you are coaching is working on a critical corporate problem in a leadership development program. The leadership program and work on the project is scheduled to be completed over six months. Two of the eight people in the group do not show up routinely.

Scenario: Emotional moment

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: In attempting to respond to a question the participant starts to cry.

Scenario: Prioritized Problems

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The organization has prioritized multiple problems for multiple teams to work on. The teams are arguing that they all need to work on the top priority problem.

Scenario: Broken Trust

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You are doing a leadership development program with 8 peers in a consulting firm. One of the participants reports that her boss brought an issue to her yesterday that she had discussed in the action learning group a week ago. She is very upset. (The problem centered around not being given the responsibility that her boss had promised her when she was hired a year ago.) As it turns out one of the other team members decided she could help by going to talk to the boss. The team had agreed to keep what was said during the Action Learning confidential. Consequently, the trust has been shattered for this team member.

Scenario: Meyers Brigg

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: As you are watching the team you realize there are 5 strong extraverts and one introvert on the team. The introvert does not appear to be participating. When you ask – How is the balance of participation? The introvert says I am participating it just takes me longer to process and I keep missing the opportunity.

Scenario: Pre-existing Condition

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Two team members were arguing in the hall before the session started. As soon as one says something, the other rolls their eyes and mumbles something under their breath.

Scenario: Learning Styles

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: As you are watching the team you realize the team is only talking to each other, they are not taking into account the learning styles of all participants. For instance – visual learners

Scenario: Finish Up

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team wants the last 15 minutes to finish up the problem instead of doing the final reflection.

Scenario: Process Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member asks a process question. (more specifically they steal the job of the coach).

Scenario: Taking notes

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: During the session you realize no one is taking notes.

Scenario: Open says me

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member responds to a closed question with an open answer.

Scenario: New information

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team decides to capture some of the information they are discussing on a white board. The person that moves to the white board flips the leadership skills out of view.

Scenario: Enough is enough

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member of the team bangs their hands on the table and stands angrily.

Scenario: Agreement

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has agreed they are at consensus as to the true nature of the problem. When you ask who has the next question they continue to question the nature of the problem versus moving towards solutions.

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.

Scenario: Finally

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member finally asks the question that you knew would bring the whole situation to light. The rest of the team responds but is confident that is not where the real problem lies.

Scenario: Eye lock

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The problem presenter locks eyes with you when presenting the problem and appears to be just talking to you.

Scenario: Closed Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You are working with a team new to Action Learning. The first questions is a closed question.

Scenario: Long Problem Statement

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You ask the problem presenter to briefly state the problem but the person continues on for an inordinate period of time not only stating the problem but also describing contextual details related to the problem.

Scenario: Process

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is having trouble coming to consensus. You’ve asked what would help them come to consensus – they say ask more questions and immediately start asking questions before you have closed out the learning.

Scenario: Windows

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working on a porch with windows around three sides. As the session starts two participants stand up at the same time. One walks to one side of the room and closes a window, the other walks to the other and opens a window.

Scenario: Shifting to Solution

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has reach consensus on the problem and the goal but is having trouble transitioning to the solution phase.

Scenario: One on One

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A single team member is asking all the questions of the problem presenter, the remainder sitting back observing.

Scenario: Unanswered questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Participants are asking question upon question and no one is answering.

Scenario: Electronics

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team decides it ‘s okay to use their electronics during a session

Scenario: Left out

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant offers to collect information/agreements on a white board. All members are in agreement with this. After a short while the scribe is no longer being included in the conversation.

Scenario: Problematic Problem Presenter

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The problem presenter schedules a half hour meeting immediately before the Action Learning session. During this meeting the problem presenter presents their solution to the problem about to be discussed in the Action Learning session.

Scenario: Low Energy

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team took a break less than 15 minutes ago, since returning the energy in the group is very low.

Scenario: Deep Learning

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: When checking in with the team they have a particularly deep learning around something they identified. You still have one more thing on your list of potential learnings.

Scenario: Coffee Break

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant gets up from the group to fill a cup of coffee continuing to stay engaged with the problem solving.

Scenario: Curious Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The participants are asking extraordinarily curious questions.

Scenario: Body Language

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Several team members are sitting with their arms folded across their chest.

Scenario: Important People

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: You are working with a team of really important people. Their phones are ringing continually. Members are moving in and out of the sessions to respond to emergency situations that cannot wait until after the meeting. Your inclination is to try to get them to put the devices away. They refuse and come up with a team norm for how they will handle decision making with whoever is in the room.

Scenario: Brainstorming

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team feels they are at a point that it would be useful to brainstorm.

Scenario: Power of the Pen

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: Someone starts capturing the important notes on the white board. They are doing the filtering of what is important without checking with the rest of the team. In other words they are only capturing what sounds important to them.

Scenario: Missing Action

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant shows up for a session and has not completed the promised action.

Scenario: Self monitoring

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member does a process check.

Scenario: Other problem

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is focusing on a problem in another division that they have no influence over.

Scenario: Unkind Gesture

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A member arrives to a three hour session one hour late. You conduct coaching inquiries and he is smoothly integrated into the team. 15 minutes later he is exchanging friendly but sarcastic comments with a team member that end with him using a hand gesture toward that member that would cause most folks to take offense.

Scenario: Consensus

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is having trouble coming to consensus.

Scenario: Non-responsive

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The members were enthusiastic to help the problem presenter. They asked many good questions. However, the problem presenter responded it’s confidential information and would not answer some of the questions. Members felt they were not able to help the problem presenter if their questions were not answered. Consequently, they could not see the value of action learning in this instance. But the problem presenter felt the session was useful to him in addressing his problem.

Scenario: Clear Actions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team starts to identify actions before the end of the session.

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.

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.

Scenario:My Time

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

Well answering the question “What could be better?” the team slips back into problem solving even though you have not concluded the check in.

Scenario: Guess

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

The problem presenter decides this is a game where the team members have to guess what they are thinking the real problem is. Consequently, they keep their answer as short as possible, not giving any more information than s absolutely required to answer the question.

Scenario: Explaining

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant explains what they believe the problem is rather than just reading what they have written.

Scenario: Last Call

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The problem presenter consistently waits until lasts to read their version of the problem.

Scenario: Finally

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member finally asks the question that you knew would bring the whole situation to light. The rest of the team responds but is confident that’s not where the real problem lies.

Scenario: Backfire

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member attempts to do a process check for you, but handles it abruptly. For instance – instead of checking without judgement, they turn to another team member and say – “I’ve observed significant tension from you, what’s the impact of that on the team?” The other team member gets angry and says – “I wasn’t tense! Now I am!”

Scenario: Self Monitoring

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A team member does a process check.

Scenario: Shifting to Solution

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team has reach consensus on the problem and the goal but is having trouble transitioning to the solution phase.

Scenario: Door

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: At the start of the session a participant gets up and closes a door.

Scenario: Windows

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working on a porch with windows around three sides. As the session starts two participants stand up at the same time. One walks to one side of the room and closes a window, the other walks to the other and opens a window.

Scenario: Bathroom Breaks

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The session has been going for a long stretch and participants start stepping out to use the bathroom.

Scenario: Going Through the Motions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The participants have been directed to participate in the Action Learning session but believe it’s a waste of time.

Scenario: Distrusting Culture

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A year earlier there was a merger in the organization. All fun elements had been stopped – picnics, team outings and were replaced with ridged procedures. The team was tasked with determining was to bring back fun in the work place. The top HR person on the team is convinced it can’t happen and derails every idea.

Scenario: Arrogant E,ployee

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The teams has been working on fleshing out a breakthrough solution to a problem that has been haunting the organization for years. A long term employee stops by just long enough to tell them it won’t work.

Scenario: Laundry List

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team starts brainstorming some great solutions; stopping short of actually developing a fully and clearly implementable plan.

Scenario: Agreement

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team seems to be at consensus but continues to question the nature of the real problem.

Scenario: Leading Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant is convinced of the true nature of the problem and repeats the same questions over and over in an effort to persuade the others, even after others have made it clear that they don’t believe that is where the real problem is, that what this particular participant is advocating is just another symptom.

Scenario: Repetitive Question

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is starting to ask the same questions over and over again.

Scenario: Deep Learning

Scenario: Learnings

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: During the learning checkin the team has identified all of the learning opportunities you had noted both in terms of what went well and what could be better.

Scenario: Action Assistance

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: After the actions are defined the problem presenter asks for help implementing them.

Scenario: Action Refusal

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant is asked to take an action and declines because they know they do not have time to complete it.

Scenario: Missing Actions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant shows up for a session and has not completed the promised action.

Scenario: Multiple Behaviors

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: At the end of the session, several participants have practiced many of the leadership skills that were written up.

Scenario: Missed Behavior

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: At the end of the session, a participant hasn’t practiced their leadership skill.

Scenario: Opposite Behavior

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant does something in direct contradiction to their chosen skill.

Scenario: Leadership Behaviors

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: A participant does something that strongly exemplifies their leadership skills.

Scenario: Clear Actions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team starts to identify actions before the end of the session.

Scenario: Prioritized Problems

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The organization has prioritized multiple problems for multiple teams to work on. The teams are arguing that they all need to work on the top priority problem.

Scenario: Multiple Problems

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The problem presented has a multitude of aspects to it.

Scenario: Insufficient Time

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation : The problem presented is much bigger than the time allotted.

Scenario: Puzzle

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The presented problem is how do I update the operating system on my laptop.

Scenario: Other Problem

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is focusing on a problem in another division that they have no influence over.

Scenario: Too Deep

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: In exploring deeper roots as to what the real problem is the team gets to the point that the real problem is “world hunger”.

Scenario: Team work

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The team is working extremely well. Exploring deeper and deeper avenues as to what the problem is.

Scenario: Curious Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The participants are asking extraordinarily curious questions.

Scenario: Building Questions

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The participants have asked some really powerful questions and are clearly building on each other’s questions.

Scenario: Conflicting Priorities

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

Part way through the session, one of the members mentioned a meeting they have that will require them to leave early. Several other participants mention they need to go to the same meeting, leaving only 2 participants for the session.

Scenario: The Race is On

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

The team races to consensus on the problem. They are saying the same words but have not really talked about what the words mean.

Scenario: New Tool

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

You recently attending training and learned a new way of doing root cause analysis. You know if you share this with the team they will be able to identify the real problem much quicker.

Scenario: Consensus

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

The team is having trouble coming to consensus.

Scenario: My View

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

Hearing the initial statement of the problem you (as coach) are clear what the real problem is. The team heads down a different path with it.

Scenario: Rabbit Hole

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

The team has gotten off track with their questions and is now investigating an unrelated issue.

Scenario: One on One

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

A single team member is asking all the questions of the problem presenter, the remainder sitting back observing.

Scenario: Process Question

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

Several team members are sitting with their arms folded across their chest.

Scenario: Process Question

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

A team member asks a process question. For instance – I’ve noticed we have all the managers on one side of the table and everyone else on the other. Did anyone else notice this? What’s the impact of that on how we are working together? What do we want to do about it?

Scenario: Repeat Behavior

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

The team decides they should be asking each other more questions instead of just asking questions of the problem presenter. However they continue directing all of the problems to the problem presenter.

Scenario: Coffee Break

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

A participant gets up from the group to fill a cup of coffee.

Scenario: Catching Up

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

A team member isn’t participating. During the checkin they say that were lost and confused by the discussion and they were trying to figure out what was going on.

Scenario: Facilitator

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

Someone decides they should start capturing what the team is saying on a flip chart and moves to the front of the room to do so.

Scenario: Presenting Problem

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

Someone asks the problem presenter – How does this present itself as a problem for you?

Scenario: Why

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

A participant asks another participant “why they asked a question”. The first participant is visibly disturbed. Your instinct is that they are reacting to the word “why” in that they feel the value of their question is being questioned.

Scenario: Please Explain

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

A participant asks another participant to explain what the intent behind their question was.

Scenario: Smack

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

A participant ‘playfully’ hits another member on the back of the head.

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.

Scenario:Leg Stretch

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

A member stands during a session.

Scenario:Time Check

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

A member uses their phone to check the time.

Scenario: New Information

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

The team decides to capture some of the information they are discussing on a flip chart. The person that moves to the flip chart flips the leadership skills out of view.

Scenario: Inspiration

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

A participant responds to a question with – What inspired that question?

Scenario: Moving On

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

A participant asks a question of everyone and after a single answer another question is asked and the team moves on.

Scenario: Multiple Responses

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

Lots of statements are made in response to a question that was posed to everyone.

Scenario: PP Question

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

The problem presenter asks a question.

Scenario: TMI

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

A participant responds to the question they were asked and continues on with additional information that is no longer answering the original question.

Scenario: Closed Question

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

Early in the process a participant asks a closed question.

Scenario; Open Says Me

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

A member responds to a closed question with an open answer.

Scenario: Fire

As an action learning coach, how would you handle the following situation: The fire alarm sounds.