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 Change Implementer's Disposition

A moment of spontaneous reflection led me to this insight:  two qualities have been integral to my success in implementation. Patient persistence. In this post, I review why these qualities are particularly useful for those leading long-term change efforts and offer some research-based tips on how to build these qualities and restore them when you feel depleted. 

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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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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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