IDEAS TO ACTION FIELD GUIDE

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

This field guide presents seven pathways designed to help teams on their journeys of learning and transformation.

Each pathway is goal-oriented, packed with tools to help you and your team. To dive in, select the pathway that matches your goal and choose a concept. You can also use the search bar or reach out to us at research@upwithcommunity.org.

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

UWC Resources

Overview

A problem is a sign of what is blocking our impact or progress—it is the symptom. An issue is the underlying cause of one or more problems that we can directly address. We must take time to fully understand our problems and issues, and the root causes of both in order to choose the most strategic focus for our learning.

Overview

Teams often begin change projects before they have clarified language, aligned their intent, and determined how a change project will connect to their larger strategic goals. Spending more time clarifying frameworks, developing personal and professional commitment to change, as well as better understanding the outcomes of the project will set a stronger foundation for success.

Overview

Major strategic initiatives need the solid foundation of a healthy organization to flourish. This includes effective internal communications, focused decision-making, useful performance evaluation, life-giving management, and conflict resolution.

Overview

Breaking the status quo and opening up new possibilities for equity and freedom in our work requires innovative experiments. Teams must ensure that all members have the ability to act on the vision and goals they are co-creating.

Overview

Our minds cannot move toward racial justice, equity or transformation if our bodies are not prepared for change. This pathway offers those preparations that we have found most beneficial to adult learning.

Interpersonal communications

Help for connecting within teams.

Book

The Assertiveness Workbook

Learn techniques to become more assertive while remaining accessible, become more genuine and open in relationships without fearing attack, and defend yourself when necessary.

The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships
Book

Difficult Conversations

Learn a step-by-step approach to having tough conversations with less stress and more success.

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
Book

Negotiation Genius

Dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence, even in hostile and unethical situations.

Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
Summary

Courageous Conversations about Race Protocol

A quick guide for facilitators on having courageous conversations about race protocol.

Lewis & Clark; Singleton & Linton
Guide

Nonviolent Communication

Learn how to speak your truth or share your perspective in a harmonious, peaceful way.

Rosenburg
Training

Authentic Conversation Training

A facilitator’s guide to authentic conversations in the workplace. This training can lead to more productive conversations when faced with constructive or creative tension.

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Toolkit

Courageous Conversations Toolkit

Develop skills for having easier, more successful and authentic, challenging conversations.

Social Transformation Project
Training Agenda

Communication Work Styles Training Agenda

Review this training agenda for ideas on how to increase knowledge of effective communication in the workplace.

Community Catalyst

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Giving thanks: We share these resources in gratitude to all of our teachers and with appreciation for the value they have brought us. The field guide is a living resource that we are consistently adding to. We receive no payment or kickbacks for sharing. Access and use of these resources should be done at one’s own discretion. If you see a resource you like, we encourage you to reach out to the author.

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