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.

Ecology

Ecology asks us to step back and look at a system or landscape as a whole. We suggest there are a few different frames to use.

Personal

Here are some useful tools for strengthening your personal practices within a team.

Blog

5 Practices from Deep Work by Cal Newport That'll Change Your Life

Review five tips from Deep Work that will help you create time and space for focus.

Nina Semczuk
Book

Deep Work

Discover the ability to focus on a cognitively demanding task without distraction.

Cal Newport
Toolkit

Goals + Success Spectrum

Clarify goals and outcomes by defining success along a spectrum of Minimum to Target to Epic.

Faster Than 20
Tools & Resources

Art of Leadership: Supplemental Participant Workbook II

This workbook is packed with tools and resources to help you grow personally and professionally as a leader.

Rockwood Leadership Institute
Curriculum

Collab 101 - Lesson 2: Personal development

As part of the Collab Model, this lesson focuses on personal development, providing frameworks and tools for personal development in an organizational context.

Round Sky Solutions
LINK

Collab 101 - Tracking Personal Development Template

Related to the above resources, this template is designed to track personal development.

Round Sky Solutions

Team

These resources can help clarify team dynamics and strengthen team functioning.

Book Summary

The Power of Habit

A quick review of Charles Duhigg’s book: The Power of Habit, which explains why habits exist and how they may be changed.

Kim Hartman
Training

The Management Center Trainings

Training for new nonprofit managers, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between; helping leaders working for social change build and run more effective organizations.

The Management Center
Podcast

Shadowed Qualities

Discover the impact of coaching on job performance.

Startup Podcast
External Website

What is a Mastermind Group? A Definition and Tutorials

Discover Mastermind Groups, which are group settings that offer a combination of brainstorming, education, and peer accountability.

The Success Alliance
Book

Organizational Learning Books by Peter M. Senge

Peter M. Senge’s work centers on promoting shared understanding of complex issues and a shared leadership vision for healthier human systems. His books may help strengthen team function.

Peter M. Senge
Link

The New Science of Team Chemistry

Discover four primary work styles and related strategies for accomplishing shared goals.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
PowerPoint

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Work to reach a common understanding of what it means to be a team and make substantial progress towards becoming a more cohesive unit.

Eric Polite
Tools & Resources

LEE Management Docs

Explore several management tools and resources from Leadership for Educational Equity.

Leadership for Educational Equity
Blog

Best of Joan Garry

Joan Garry's top 10 blog posts on the subject of effective nonprofit leadership.

Joan Garry Consulting
Toolkit

Goals + Success Spectrum

Clarify goals and outcomes by defining success along a spectrum of Minimum to Target to Epic.

Faster Than 20
Framework

The Five Elements of Organizational Success

Discover a unique way to analyze situations, organizational cultures, and leadership styles within a context of change.

Element Partners
Tools & Resources

The Answer Center: Resources for Nonprofits

A comprehensive collection of resources to help nonprofits strive toward the best practices in organizational excellence.

Maine Association of Nonprofit (MANP)

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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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