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.

Collaboration

Tools for learning to building better team work.

Article

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)
Article

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)
Article

Getting Your Stars to Collaborate

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

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Article

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)
Prezi

Building Team Dynamics and Collaboration

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

Vera Ford, Brandi Gill, & Terra Harris
Article

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

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

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Article

How to Preempt Team Conflict

Build a foundation of trust and understanding for effective collaboration.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Article

Embracing Agile

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

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Podcast

The Secret to Better Problem Solving (IdeaCast)

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

HBR Ideacast
Podcast

Collaborating Better Across Silos (IdeaCast)

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

HBR Ideacast
Guide

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
Guide

Sample Group Norms for Organizational Anti-Oppression Work

This brief guide presents four group agreements for teams meant to dismantle white supremacy, patriarchy and other forms of oppression.

Kimberly Freeman Brown
Guide

Creating Intelligent Teams

Listening closely, embracing different perspectives, asking questions and learning to share are just some of the tips in this guide to creating successful teams.

Dennis Johnson and Sort Sol Group
Tools & Resources

Can Organizations Learn?

Explore how to focus on performance and learning.

Laura Peck
Curriculum

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
Tools & Resources

Jumpstart Team Success: Build a Container for Collaboration

Build a high performing team with an understanding of worth of investment and creating a team brief.

Laura Peck

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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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