Sharpen Your Foresight: 4 best principles of effective implementation [Case Study]

When challenges arise on implementations the underlying issues are often not so much about the needle in the haystack no one knew was there until they sat on it. (Ouch!)  But rather, the haystacks that were everywhere but everyone pretended not to see! These "haystacks" commonly relate to the big themes, or best principles, of effective implementation, which when practiced consistently can improve our chances of success. In this post, I explore some of these best principles in the context of an education implementation in California. 

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HARD LESSONS: Helping your team learn from failure. [Facilitation Guide]

Especially during challenging times, team learning requires honest reflection to identify team behaviors or practices that may be contributing to poor performance. Such conversations can be tricky to facilitate and, for that reason, are often skipped. Don't miss your opportunity to help your team uncover learning that can transform its performance. Here's one way to do it. 

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Improving Teamwork: 9 Things to Consider

Those of us involved in implementation understand intuitively how critical collective effort is for success. That said, as practitioners, we may not have a firm grounding in what it is, exactly, that helps or inhibits teamwork.  If that's the case for you, read on!  In this post, we highlight nine factors to consider when working to build an effective team. 

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Planning lessons from Goldilocks...the trick is getting it 'just right'.

Recently a reader asked for advice on how to effectively execute the planning phase of implementation when leaders, sponsors, or team members want to just skip it and start doing stuff already! Research shows that you can do too little planning, but also that you can do too much.  How do you get it 'just right'?  Read on!

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Employee Participation (Part II): Practical tips for facilitating productive participation.

Employee participation in change efforts is associated with a variety of benefits, but it's not without its complexities. Productive participation takes skill on the part of the change leader/facilitator and participant. The best way to build this skill is through experience.  So in this post, Part II of our review on participation & change, we provide tips and resources on various participatory methods that you can incorporate into your next change effort. 

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Quick Take: What common practice has been found to increase team performance by 20%?

When you reach a milestone on your project, program or implementation effort, do you gather your team for a reflective review of your experience to date…or do you skip the lessons learned and move on to the next task?  If you tend to skip the debrief, or do a cursory job of it, research shows you may be missing out on a relatively low-cost source of improved team performance.

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Employee Participation—Part I: What it is (really) and why it works (usually).

In this post, part of our series on change management, we look deeper at the role of employee participation in change efforts.  We review the research on the benefits and challenges of participation and provide a framework to aid you in planning to effectively use participation in your change approach.  

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