Blueprint Connections

Upstream Thinking . . . Who will pay for what does not happen?

“We can pay to fix problems once they happen, or we can pay in advance to prevent them.” ~ Dan Heath Let’s shift thinking a little.  Within the continuous improvement process, based on a needs assessment, teams determine evidence-based strategies to implement.  Throughout this process, teams ask, what is the right thing to do? And, …

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Upstream Thinking . . . How to know you’re succeeding?

“Getting short-term measures right is frustratingly complex.  And it’s critical.  In fact, the only thing worse than contending with short-term measures is not having them at all.” ~Dan Heath In past editions of the Blueprint Bulletin, you have familiarized yourself with Chicago Public Schools where their graduation rate was 52% in 1997.  By shifting to …

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Upstream Thinking . . . How to get early warning of the problem?

“To anticipate problems, we need eyes and ears in the environment.  But we need to be cautious about what we learn:  Sometimes we may detect things that are not as they seem.” ~Dan Heath The above quote makes connections to the last two Blueprint Bulletin editions where uniting the right people and being “proximate” is …

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