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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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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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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