Evolve Organizations Where BOTH the People and the Organization Can Thrive

See the bigger picture · Identify what’s needed · Prioritize where to start

Ten Principles for Evolving Teams and Organizations

Through 10 essential principles, this Common Sense Framework (CSF) helps you grow and maintain organizations where BOTH the people and the organization can thrive.

The Framework lays out the big picture of what to consider to achieve this, and suggests specific practices and tools that can help you to get there.

Each principle applies both to individual teams, and to the organization as a whole.

An Organization Where BOTH the People and the Organization can Thrive

Focused on Value

People’s efforts are directed toward creating value for the organization, its members, customers, and other stakeholders.


The organization is efficient in identifying, developing and delivering the necessary products and services necessary to achieve its purpose.


People are able to effectively identify and respond to organizational needs and changing contexts (both short term and long-term).


The organization and its members are able to withstand adversity and uncertainty, if needed. 



The organization and its members share a relationship of mutual reciprocity where the organization is committed to the development, wellbeing and success of its members, and vice versa.

Explore the Common Sense Framework

We have compiled several resources to help you get started with the Common Sense Framework in your organization or team. All resources are shared under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

Learn about the 10 Principles

A page explaining the 10 principles of the Common Sense Framework.

Common Sense Framework Booklet

A brief overview over the Common Sense Framework with suggestions for things you can try in your organization or team for each principle.

Common Sense Framework Slide Deck

A a slide deck for presenting the Common Sense Framework.

Common Sense Framework Cards

A printable deck of cards for working with the Common Sense Framework.