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.

Moving

Tools & Resources

Couch to 5K

The Couch to 5K program is a gentle introduction to getting the body moving. The website has additional information for promoting an active lifestyle.

Couch to 5K
Guide

10 Desk Exercises You Can Do at Work

Explore 10 different exercises you can do right at your desk, with descriptions and photos to make it easier.

Grace Derocha, RD, CDE, MBA
Interview

There's More Evidence That Too Much Sitting Can Be Very Unhealthy

Increasing scientific evidence suggests that sitting for extended periods is detrimental to health. But why? And how can we alter our patterns to be healthier?

NPR, Patti Neighmond
Article

How to do Walking Meetings Right

Make your work sessions more dynamic, not to mention healthful, by introducing walking meetings which take place on-the-go rather than seated. Introducing such a big change into the structure of your work can be difficult, so this resource helps with tips and pointers.

Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Tools & Resources

The Ready State App

Access personalized, guided mobilization videos for resolving pain, increasing strength and flexibility, and improving general health.

The Ready State - Dr. Kelly Starrett
Podcast

The Ready State Podcast

On this podcast, Dr. Nick DiNubile, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, offers tips for us to find and repair the body’s “weak links”… before they find us!

MobilityWOD

GROW COMMUNITY

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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