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

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tools for learning to building better team work.


Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams

Strengthen your organization’s ability to perform complex collaborative tasks by maximizing the effectiveness of large, diverse teams while minimizing the disadvantages posed by their structure and composition.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Case Study

The New Science of Building Great Teams

Understand the group dynamics that characterize high-performing teams.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

How Managers Can Make Group Projects More Efficient

Review promising practices for effective collaboration that leave inefficiencies and messiness out of the process.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Getting Your Stars to Collaborate

Produce results in a resourceful, creative, and productive manner.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

Team fit is not only about skills and experience, it is also about personality. This article reviews how evaluating the whole person, including personality, can offer pivotal insights into how people are likely to work together, and can help flag areas of conflict and aversion.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Building Team Dynamics and Collaboration

Explore various concepts that lead to successful collaboration and team dynamics.

Vera Ford, Brandi Gill, & Terra Harris

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Provide teams with the enabling conditions, those needed in order to thrive.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

How to Preempt Team Conflict

Build a foundation of trust and understanding for effective collaboration.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

Embracing Agile

Discover six practices that leaders may adopt to capitalize on the potential of agile.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

The Secret to Better Problem Solving (IdeaCast)

Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg discusses reframing as a nimbler approach to diagnosing problems than existing frameworks.

HBR Ideacast

Collaborating Better Across Silos (IdeaCast)

Heidi K. Gardner discusses how competitive edge is gained when individuals collaborate across boundaries.

HBR Ideacast

Open and Honest Questions

A one-page overview with methods for asking open and honest questions that aren't simply advice or analysis in disguise.

Center for Courage & Renewal

Collab Model

Discover the Collab Model, a collaborative, communication operating system researched and developed by Round Sky Solutions in response to fractured operating systems.

Round Sky Solutions


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