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.

Productivity and growth

An adage: Be efficient with machines, be effective with people. Here are reflections on how to know the difference.

Article

Reigniting Growth

Explore three qualities which can help any company restart its growth engine by removing outdated and redundant elements that have built up over the years.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Article

The Ecosystem of Shared Value

Gain insight into how companies partner with nonprofits to create collective impact.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Tools & Resources

Re:Work with Google

This website contains a collection of practices, research, and ideas from Google and others to help you put people first.

Google
External Website

Holacracy

Links to resources related to Holacracy®, a new way of structuring and running your organization which reimagines the conventional management hierarchy.

HolacracyOne, LLC
Tools & Resources

Writing Business Plans

Review various resources to help with writing a successful business plan.

Various sources
Tools & Resources

DIY Professional Development

Discover useful practices, questions, and a tool intended to encourage meaningful conversation, focused planning, and measurable improvement.

Laura Peck
Curriculum

Collab 101: Facilitating Shared Power

This lesson from the Collab Model focuses on sharing power within meeting facilitations.

Round Sky Solutions
Template

Collab 101: Living Agenda Template

From the Collab Model, this template will help develop a living meeting agenda.

Round Sky Solutions
Curriculum

Collab 101: Sharing Power through Effective Decision Making: Integrative Consent

This lesson from the Collab Model focuses on sharing power through integrative consent.

Round Sky Solutions
Webinar

Managing Conflict in your Self-Organizing Team

Gain an understanding of why conflict happens in your team, access tools for facilitating conflict resolution, and dig into ways to manage difficult situations.

Round Sky Solutions
Curriculum

Collab 101 - Distributing Roles through Power

This lesson from the Collab Model covers roles and scopes, including what they are, why they are important, and how to use them.

Round Sky Solutions
Curriculum

Collab 101 - Collaborative Accountability Systems

This lesson from the Collab Model takes a big picture perspective on collaborative accountability to increase productivity, reduce conflict, and achieve quicker results.

Round Sky Solutions

ABOUT UWC

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.

Have a resource to add? We are always looking to expand the resources we can share. If you have a tool/resource/link you would like to share with UWC and its partners, please email us: research@upwithcommunity.org.

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