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.

Managing better

How to be useful to the teams we lead.

Tools & Resources

Tools for Managing

Various worksheets, tools, and tips to help with effective management for feedback, budgeting, development, board accountability, and much more.

The Management Center
Encyclopedia

Situational Leadership Theory

Explore the possibility of leadership styles being a combination of task behavior and relationship behavior.

Wikipedia
Report

Applying Situational Leadership Model

A document to help you apply the Situation Leadership Theory.

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)
Interview

Making the Toughest Calls

Learn about making the right decisions and what to do when no decision feels right.

Harvard Business Review
Article

Wicked Problem Solvers

Learn about using cross-industry collaborations to solve the most complex problems.

Harvard Business Review
Article

Leading the Team You Inherit

Explore how to work effectively with the team you didn’t build.

Harvard Business Review
Article

"Both/And" Leadership

Discover a leadership model that where you may purposefully and confidently embrace inconsistencies and maintain dynamic equilibrium.

Harvard Business Review
Article

Getting Reorgs Right

This simple five-step process will help maximize the value and minimize the misery of a reorg.

Harvard Business Review
Article

Bursting the CEO Bubble

Consider how to penetrate the CEO bubble that is created by power and position.

Harvard Business Review
Framework

Onboarding Isn't Enough

Help new staff be more effective in their new role by following the steps in this assessment framework.

Harvard Business Review
Guide

Two Hats Process

This four-step process helps us to air and resolve issues.

Social Transformation Project
Toolkit

Goals and Success Spectrum Toolkit

Clarify your goals and expected outcomes with this toolkit.

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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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