"Processing" Questions for Each Level of "SAGA"

Kathy Obear
Amherst, Massachusetts

1. Sharing

a. What were your reactions to this activity?

b. How are you feeling right now?

c. What are your thoughts about all of this?

d. What overall thoughts or comments do you have?

e. Take a moment and write down your reactions and feelings about this activity.

2. Analyzing

a. What happened during this activity?

b. What were your responses to my instructions?

c. How did the time factor affect you?

d. Why did _____ happen?

e. How did you feel when _____ happened?

f. What did you do when _____ happened?

g. What decision-making strategies did you try and what happened?

h. Who were the leaders and how did they get that role?

i. What kinds of conflict existed and why?

j. How did each of you feel when

k. How many felt _____ ? Why? What did you do?

l. What happened when ... ?

m. Why did ... ?

n. When so-and-so did _____ , how did you feel? what did you do?

3. Generalizing

a. What principles came out of this activity?

b. So, what does all this mean about effective _____ ?

c. So, who can make sense out of all of this?

d. What can we conclude about effective _____ ?

e. So what are the elements of effective _____ ?

4. Applying

a . What does all of this mean for you back at work?

b. What are the things that you want to do differently?

c . What are 3 things that you will "take home" from this experience?

d. Take a few minutes and write down 5 things you want to remember back at the office.

e. How could we - differently?

f. What do you want to talk with your supervisor about ?

g . If a similar situation occurs in the future, how do you want to handle it?

h. What do you plan to do as "homework to prepare yourself to better handle these situations?


Materials adapted from a presentation by members of The Ohio State University Counseling Center, Columbus, Ohio, 1979.

Kathy Obear is a diversity trainer and consultant based in Amherst, Massachusetts (413) 283-2503.

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