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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The one thing you should absolutely do to become an expert planner.

As it turns out, simply being aware of what experts do won't ensure you become one.  Rather, if you want to build expertise in a particular area, such as planning, research indicates there is one thing you should do.  And because even an expert can't do it alone, we offer three tips on how to help your team, help you plan. 

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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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How behavioral economics can improve your implementation efforts — in ways you might not expect.

My experiments integrating behavioral economics (BE) insights in my implementation efforts have not always turned out as I hoped. However, they have always produced learning. In this post, I share application experiences, as well as ideas on why and how to introduce BE to your implementation team. 

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