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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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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How can I be more clear?

The ability to clearly formulate and express ideas is critical to successful implementation efforts.  If you weren't born with it, how do you develop it? I've identified five common practices and one overarching truth about achieving clarity.  If you can accept this truth — Clarity takes effort — then the five practices outlined in this post should help you.  

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Lost & Found: Wayfinding tips for Project Managers

Through recent experiences hiking in the California desert, I've learned a lot about being lost and finding my way again.  These wayfinding lessons have proven to be useful in areas of my life beyond hiking — including my work as a project manager.  If you find yourself leading a project that’s gotten off course, these tips may be just what you need to get back on track.

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