Interventions: The 10 Most Common (2022)

You’re frustrated. Your company is surrounded by insurgents, who are constantly innovating, disrupting and occasionally picking off some of your most important customers. Yet, internally, there’s no sense of urgency. Meetings come and go. Initiatives are launched with great fanfare, only to repeatedly underperform, yet never quite die. You lose top recruits that hint you’re yesterday’s company, but these losses are explained away. Some longstanding customers drift away, but again, the organization produces perfectly satisfactory explanations.

You decide to shake things up. You like this Founder’s Mentality® thing, and you like the idea of becoming a scale insurgent. You recognize this demands you rediscover your original insurgency, your frontline obsession and your owner mindset. And you’re compelled to launch micro-battles, to rediscover the art of getting things done. You’re tired of the complacency that surrounds you and love the idea of a minirevolution to wake everyone up. So you launch micro-battles and “trust the system”—your micro-battle teams will work according to the Win-Scale cycle and your leadership team will manage the portfolio of micro-battles through the Amplify cycle.

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And now you ask, “Is that enough?” We answer, “Almost.” As we’ve worked with companies on micro-battles, we’ve found it useful to break executive actions into four buckets:

  • Foundation elements: What are the key pieces of the Bain Micro-battles System℠ you need to put into place?
  • Training: What are the key training modules you need to provide for your people?
  • Interventions: What are the key interventions you need to pursue to take micro-battles to full potential?
  • Communication: How do you communicate the journey?

Each of these elements is covered in our blogs. This blog focuses on interventions, and we’ll set out the 10 most common interventions we’ve seen CEOs pursue. We found it easiest to allocate these into the four stages of bringing in the Micro-battles System (see Figure 1). Let’s briefly discuss each.

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Stage 1: Defining the insurgency and making the case for change

You might be frustrated and ready to launch micro-battles, but your organization might still be complacent and satisfied. Elsewhere, as part of our discussion of foundational elements, we share how to use theFounder’s Mentality diagnosticto create a powerful platform for change. In addition, we have CEOs pursue three interventions to encourage their people to start the micro-battles journey:

  • Experience the insurgent mission.It’s one thing to rediscover the insurgent mission, andwe have clear tools to do this. It’s quite another to experience that mission. We’ve seen CEOs take their teams back to the factories, back to distributors, back to call centers and back to sales calls to help them understand what the company does when it’s at its best. It’s not enough to describe key points of competitive differentiation—CEOs want their leaders to experience these points in action. They force their people to listen to a customer describe a time when customer service folks did whatever it took to help a customer in need. They take them to the factories to really understand differential investments in quality. One CEO of a shower tap company noted, “We’re more expensive because we’re the best. But I needed to take my team back to the factory to see where the added costs go. We have double-skinned faucets so they remain cool to a touch. No child will be burned if the hot water is on. You need to see quality injected into a product, to give you confidence to sell the product. Sometimes we need to experience in action the revolution we started.” These CEOs argue that this kind of intervention early on will “up the stakes” and create a fervent ambition to live up to the company’s values.
  • The perfect customer and theperfect proposition. Large companies die by averages. Leaders listen to average employee feedback, average customer feedback, average pricing and cost data, average customer service performance. They never see the company at its very best and worst. Some CEOs have found a second intervention is critical to really make the case for change—they identify the perfect customer, for whom their company has delivered the perfect proposition, and then ask, “Why can’t we do this for everyone, every day?” One CEO noted, “It is easy to spend the whole day discussing where we fall short. But sometimes it is better to start the conversation by showing us at our spectacular best and then discuss how to do that more.” Talking about a specific customer and proposition also grounds the conversation. You aren’t talking about strategy abstractly through PowerPoint. You’re talking about the company at its best, one customer at a time.
  • Initiative audit—root causes of “failures to scale.”Another intervention that helps make the case for change is a fast initiative audit. The goal is to take the last 20 or so initiatives and understand what happened to them. In almost every case, you’ll find that the failure isn’t about idea generation—you always have good ideas. The failure is about scaling those ideas across the enterprise. This insight will become very important as you start the Micro-battles System, as scaling is the critical step you must get right. It’s better your people start understanding that scaling, not idea generation, causes the performance gap.

Stage 2: Setting up the Micro-battles System

You’re now running micro-battles. Your individual teams are meeting, working on prototyping and defining Repeatable Models®. Your executive team is meeting as a group to review the teams and discuss the portfolio. They’ve been trained and are using the core tools. What more is there to do? Coach. The two most common interventions are simply to help your team change behaviors.

  • One-on-one coaching for members of Win-Scale and Leadership teams.The CEO will need to intervene with individuals and coach them to adopt new ways of working. This is a good thing. The more you’re trying to shake things up, the more you’ll drag people out of their comfort zones, and the more you’ll need to help them. CEOs intervene with individual micro-battle teams, and they intervene with their top executives. This is normal and, for many CEOs, highly gratifying. They get to coach again, not just administer.
  • Leadership team discussions on changing executive behavior.In addition to one-on-one coaching, we’ve seen CEOs intervene to lead a team discussion with their executive teams on how to change team behavior. Again, this is expected. You and your executive team contributed to the complacency of the current company. Shaking yourselves out of complacency will demand self-reflection and commitments to change as a team. The best CEOs lead this effort.

Stage 3: Scaling the Micro-battles System

It should come as no surprise that CEOs’ main interventions center on the third stage of scaling. As we’ve discussed, to achieve the full potential of micro-battles, you not only have to get results within each micro-battle, but also use the portfolio to learn and take actions beyond individual micro-battles. In this case, the CEO needs to find those key intervention points. The four most common are:

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  • Launch new cost programs to fund micro-battles. The more successful your micro-battles are, the more funding problems you’ll face. So, CEOs work hard to identify a wave of micro-battles focused on reducing cost and complexity in order to free up resources for growth-oriented micro-battles.
  • Reprioritize across micro-battles and other key programs. The more successful your micro-battles are, the more you’ll need to reprioritize the corporate agenda. The intent of micro-battles is to put huge pressure on the rest of the corporate agenda. Initiatives that were launched with a goal of pursuing functional excellence will now feel less focused and impactful than successful micro-battles. The CEO will be intervening regularly to rethink the corporate agenda, in order to free up time and resources for micro-battles.
  • Adjust your operating model according to design principles of the scale insurgent. Your goal is to be a scale insurgent. This will demand changes to your operating model. Elsewhere, we’ve been specific about thesix design principles of the scale insurgent. The CEO will be looking for areas to adjust the overall model to make these changes and to build a more agile, adaptive and frontline-oriented organization.
  • Surgical strikes on the operating model. Some interventions are required simply to make the existing operating model work better. Typically these interventions focus on:
    • Career planning and compensation. You’ll ultimately need a “new deal for talent.” You must think through how your people can thrive while working on and winning through micro-battles.
    • Building thescaling community. You’ll need to build a scaling community and help it act as a bridge between innovation/disruption and the playbooks required by your execution community.
    • Adjusting scaling models. You’re going to find that some scaling models work with your organization and some fail. You’ll want to explore how to get better at leveraging different scaling models so you can get the right one for each micro-battle.
    • Stopping or simplifying other processes to free up resources. This is a big one. We want micro-battles to become 80% of your executive agenda. Well, you haven’t been idle in executive team meetings before, so where does all that activity go? Many CEOs find that they can begin to radically simplify the rest as they refocus their team on micro-battles.
    • Zero-base governance. This is the companion piece to simplifying processes. You’ll need to rethink your governance model.

Stage 4: Embedding the Micro-battles System

The final intervention is the most profound. At this final stage, we assume that micro-battles are now part of the company’s ways of working. It’s therefore critical to step back and ask how micro-battles will affect the rest. This leads to one major intervention.

  • Decide how the Micro-battles System impacts:
    • Strategy, including role of Engine 2. There will be an important discussion about how we balance micro-battles across Engines 1 and 2. This is critical, as we increasingly find that the core business continually deprioritizes the next-gen capabilities built by Engine 2.
    • Operating model, including new capabilities. Using Engine 2 to build new capabilities will lead to a further review of the operating model and the other changes you can make to move closer to scale insurgency.
    • Performance management processes. You’ll need to move to more dynamic resource allocation and more streamlined performance management systems. If micro-battles are covering your most critical customer battles where disruption is required, then the rest should focus on perfect execution. If that’s the case, how do we stop all the processes that seem unnecessary and demand “on track” execution?
    • Transformation office, if appropriate. You might be doing a much bigger company transformation beyond micro-battles. Now is the time to ask how to best manage these other initiatives alongside micro-battles. You should also consider whether you need to set up a transformation office or incorporate micro-battles into a program office that already exists.

That’s it. We use these 10 interventions as a checklist at the end of each Leadership session. We ask, “In addition to supporting the existing micro-battles, are there other interventions we should be taking?” While the list isn’t exhaustive, we find it’s a good place to start the conversations and we hope you find it helpful as well.

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What are some examples of interventions? ›

Some examples of useful interventions include building relationships, adapting the environment, managing sensory stimulation, changing communication strategies, providing prompts and cues, using a teach, review, and reteach process, and developing social skills.

What are best practice interventions? ›

A best practice is firstly defined as an intervention that has shown evidence of effectiveness in a particular setting and is likely to be replicable to other situations. Regardless of the area of public health, interventions should be evaluated by their context, process and outcomes.

What are the 3 levels of intervention? ›

What are the three tiers of Response to Intervention (RTI)?
  • Tier 1: Whole Class Instruction.
  • Tier 2: Small Group Interventions.
  • Tier 3: Intensive Interventions.
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What are the 4 types of intervention? ›

Interventions are Generally Categorized into Four Main Types
  • The Simple Intervention.
  • The Classical Intervention.
  • Family System Intervention.
  • Crisis Intervention.
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What is simple intervention? ›

Simple intervention occurs when one individual, most often a friend or family member, confronts the person with the substance use disorder in some kind of neutral environment. The person performing the intervention will have better success if prior to actually doing the intervention, a professional is consulted.

What are the 6 steps of intervention? ›

6 steps for intervention development: 1 understand problem; 2 identify modifiable causal factors; 3 decide mechanisms of change; 4 clarify delivery; 5 test and adapt; 6 get evidence of effectiveness.

What are 4 quick intervention strategies? ›

Intervention Strategies and Techniques
  • Give plenty of feedback. ...
  • Continually monitor progress. ...
  • Clarify your objectives. ...
  • Direct instruction. ...
  • Have students rephrase your lesson. ...
  • Make sure those kids reflect.

What makes a successful intervention? ›

A successful intervention depends on proper planning, presenting a cohesive message and viable solutions, and helping your loved one see the pain and suffering that the problem behavior is causing. If you need more information about helping a loved one through an addiction, call 800-208-9273 today.

What are intervention practices? ›

The term “practice-based intervention” is used many different ways in the health literature, but the working definition for the purposes of our review is “any intervention that targets the care process within a system of care.” Examples of practice-based interventions include coordinated care, integrated care, and ...

Where can I find evidence-based interventions? ›

  • Where to Find Evidence-based Methods and Interventions.
  • Healthy People 2020 Evidence-Based Resource Tool.
  • Healthy People 2020 Interventions and Resources.
  • Prevention Status Reports (CDC)
  • California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF)
  • Choosing Wisely.
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines (AHRQ)

What is Crisis Intervention approach? ›

Crisis intervention is a short-term management technique designed to reduce potential permanent damage to an individual affected by a crisis. A crisis is defined as an overwhelming event, which can include divorce, violence, the passing of a loved one, or the discovery of a serious illness.

What are the areas of intervention? ›

Areas of intervention

What are Tier 1 interventions examples? ›

Here are five easy-to-implement Tier 1 PBIS intervention strategies educators can use to promote positive behavior in and out of the classroom:
  • Behavior-Specific Praise.
  • Visual Aids.
  • Positive Home Contact.
  • Take a Break.
  • Social Contract.

What are Tier 3 interventions examples? ›

Examples of Tier 3 interventions might include: individual counseling, family counseling; or administration of a Functional Behavioral Assessment to provide concrete data to create an individual Behavior Support Plan.

What is an intervention plan? ›

An intervention plan is a blueprint for helping a student build specific skills or reach a goal. In other words, it's an action plan. In general, intervention plans include a goal, intervention strategy, timeline, and progress monitoring method.

How do you give an intervention? ›

An intervention usually includes the following steps:
  1. Make a plan. A family member or friend proposes an intervention and forms a planning group. ...
  2. Gather information. ...
  3. Form the intervention team. ...
  4. Decide on specific consequences. ...
  5. Make notes on what to say. ...
  6. Hold the intervention meeting. ...
  7. Follow up.

What is the goal of an intervention? ›

The purpose of an intervention is to help the person struggling with addiction to enter a rehabilitation program, usually in an inpatient facility.

What is direct intervention? ›

Direct: A direct intervention is exactly as it says; a bystander confronts a situation him or herself. For example, you may witness a situation developing with a friend and another person that looks like it may escalate so you step in and pull your friend out of the situation and walk him/her away.

What is a soft intervention? ›

There may also be “soft” interventions that do not remove edges, but simply modify the conditional probability distributions of the intervened upon variable. In a causal Bayes net, such an intervention would still be represented by an exogenous variable with a single arrow into the variable it intervenes on.

How well do interventions work? ›

Interventions are shown to be between 80% and 90% effective at getting someone into a treatment program (the primary goal of the intervention). Of those that are not immediately successful, roughly half will seek treatment within about a week or so of the initial intervention.

How do you plan an intervention program? ›

Step 6: Plan & Implement Interventions
  1. Step 1: Identify Root Causes.
  2. Step 2: Develop Objectives and Activities.
  3. Step 3: Set Selection Criteria.
  4. Step 4: Apply Selection Criteria.
  5. Step 5: Rate & Select Intervention Alternatives.
  6. Step 6: Plan & Implement Interventions.
  7. Step 7: Monitor & Evaluate Interventions.

How do you create an intervention framework? ›

*See reference 6 for references and examples.
  1. Involve stakeholders throughout the development process. ...
  2. Bring together a team and establish decision-making processes. ...
  3. Review published research evidence. ...
  4. Draw on existing theories. ...
  5. Articulate programme theory. ...
  6. Undertake primary data collection. ...
  7. Understand the context.

How long should an intervention last? ›

Most interventions will last for about an hour. In some cases, the intervention lasts a bit longer. It is important to note that this one-hour time frame is a recommended minimum and does not apply to the entire process.

What are some interventions for struggling students? ›

Five principles for supporting struggling learners
  • Know individual students. Effective teachers know their students. ...
  • Plan according to the developmental levels of students. ...
  • Model instruction and follow up with students. ...
  • Assess students throughout the lesson. ...
  • Provide consistent one-on-one or small group interventions.
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What is strategic intervention? ›

Strategic interventions involve a deliberate attempt to move organizations towards a more effective state and improve performance. The expected components of strategic interventions needed to achieve the expected change in performance of SMEs are organiza- tional learning and cultural change.

How do you maintain or improve on effective interventions? ›

6 steps to create an effective interventions strategy
  1. Step 1: Define the outcome. ...
  2. Step 2: Carefully plan your intervention. ...
  3. Step 3: Start small. ...
  4. Step 4: Scale up your intervention. ...
  5. Step 5: Make sure you're monitoring progress. ...
  6. Step 6: Share best practice!

What makes a good intervention teacher? ›

Strong communication skills and the ability to relate to a diverse student constituency are important skills, in this job. An intervention teacher provides detailed documentation of student progress and develops supplementary education that serves as a companion to the general curriculum.

What is public intervention? ›

Public intervention is a market regulation mechanism involving the purchase of agricultural products by Intervention Agencies when there are significant fluctuations in the market.

What is a sustainable intervention? ›

Sustainability is defined as “the extent to which an evidence-based intervention can deliver its intended benefits over an extended period of time after external support… is terminated” [8] (p.

What are examples of research based interventions? ›

Below are six research-based interventions that will produce promising results in students if you stick with it long enough.
  • Review Fry's Instant Sight Words Consistently. ...
  • Repeated Reading. ...
  • Systematic and Sequential Phonics and Decoding. ...
  • Increased Independent Reading Time. ...
  • Technology-Assisted Reading. ...
  • Reader's Theater.
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What does it mean for intervention to be evidence-based? ›

Evidence-based interventions are practices or programs that have evidence to show that they are effective at producing results and improving outcomes when implemented. The kind of evidence described in ESSA has generally been produced through formal studies and research.

Why is it important to use evidence-based interventions? ›

Why is Evidence-Based Practice Important? EBP is important because it aims to provide the most effective care that is available, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. Patients expect to receive the most effective care based on the best available evidence.

What are the five steps of crisis intervention? ›

They represent crisis intervention strategies as having six basic steps.
  • Step One – Define the Problem. ...
  • Step Two – Ensure Safety. ...
  • Step Three – Provide Support. ...
  • Step Four – Examine Alternatives. ...
  • Step Five – Make a Plan. ...
  • Step Six – Obtain Commitment.
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What are the three steps in crisis intervention? ›

The model consists of three steps: pre- intervention, assessment, and disposition. Before responding to a community or individual in crisis, find out as much as possible.

What are social work interventions? ›

What Is Intervention in Social Work? Social work intervention is the engagement a social worker has with an individual, family, group, or community that they are helping. An intervention plan in social work will be formulated based on the client assessment to help ensure the best chance of success.

What is the difference between intervention and prevention? ›

Prevention refers to precluding the onset or minimizing the risk of a disorder 1,2 while intervention refers to controlling or eliminating one that's already in progress. The most effective measure in treating any serious health condition is prevention by way of education.

What are interventions in health care? ›

In medicine, a treatment, procedure, or other action taken to prevent or treat disease, or improve health in other ways.

What is an example of a Tier 2 intervention? ›

Tier 2 supports target expected behavior by providing positive reinforcement for often. For example, students who participate in a Tier 2 Check-in Check-out intervention engage in feedback sessions with their classroom teacher and other adults in the school as many as 5-7 times per day.

What is a Tier 2 intervention? ›

Overview. Tier 2 interventions are the additional programs and strategies provided to students who require supports in addition to universal supports. The purpose of tier 2 interventions is to reduce the risk of academic or behavior problems.

What is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions? ›

Tier 1 = Universal or core instruction. Tier 2 = Targeted or strategic instruction/intervention. Tier 3 = Intensive instruction/intervention.

What is a Tier 1 reading intervention? ›

At Tier 1, considered the key component of tiered instruction, all students receive instruction within an evidence-based, scientifically researched core program. Usually, the Tier 1 instructional program is synonymous with the core reading or math curriculum that is typically aligned with state standards.

What is Tier 1 Tier 2 and Tier 3 education? ›

If students fail to learn a particular concept, or struggle to learn it, they may be moved to Tier 2, which is intense and focused small group instruction. If a student grasps the concept, they can return to the general Tier 1 learning environment, but students who continue to fail to make progress are moved to Tier 3.

What is a Tier 3 learning intervention? ›

At Tier 3, efforts focus on the needs of individual students who are experiencing significant problems in academic, social, and/or behavioral domains. Thus, the process at this level is more intensive and individualized than it is at other levels.

What are the 3 nursing interventions? ›

There are typically three different categories for nursing interventions: independent, dependent and interdependent.

What are the intervention techniques? ›

3 Common Types of Intervention Techniques
  • Intervention Technique #1: The Johnson Model.
  • Intervention Technique #2: Invitational Intervention Technique.
  • Intervention Technique #3: Family Systemic Intervention.
  • Find the Best Intervention Techniques with Bridge The Gap.
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What are primary nursing interventions? ›

Physiological basic nursing interventions are simple actions nurses perform to assist patients with their physical health. These procedures range from exercise and offering feeding or bathing assistance to measuring a patient's blood pressure or temperature.

What are the 5 main components of a care plan? ›

What Are the Components of a Care Plan? Care plans are structured as a five-step framework: assessment, diagnosis, outcomes and planning, implementation, and evaluation.

What are 5 nursing diagnosis? ›

The following are nursing diagnoses arising from the nursing literature with varying degrees of authentication by ICNP or NANDA-I standards.
  • Anxiety.
  • Constipation.
  • Pain.
  • Activity Intolerance.
  • Impaired Gas Exchange.
  • Excessive Fluid Volume.
  • Caregiver Role Strain.
  • Ineffective Coping.

What are care interventions? ›

Self-care interventions are tools which support the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker.

What are some nursing interventions for pain? ›

Maintain the patient's use of nonpharmacological methods to control pain, such as distraction, imagery, relaxation, massage, and heat and cold application. Cognitive-behavioral strategies can restore patient's sense of self-control, personal efficacy, and active participation in their own care.

What are 4 quick intervention strategies? ›

Intervention Strategies and Techniques
  • Give plenty of feedback. ...
  • Continually monitor progress. ...
  • Clarify your objectives. ...
  • Direct instruction. ...
  • Have students rephrase your lesson. ...
  • Make sure those kids reflect.

Why are intervention strategies important? ›

Instructional interventions help struggling students and measure their progress. Interventions use a specific program or set of steps to target an academic need. They're often used to help kids who have trouble with reading or math.

What are learning interventions? ›

The term 'intervention' is often used to describe a short-term, focused teaching programme with specific intended outcomes aimed at individuals or small groups of pupils with particular needs.

What makes an intervention successful? ›

A successful intervention depends on proper planning, presenting a cohesive message and viable solutions, and helping your loved one see the pain and suffering that the problem behavior is causing. If you need more information about helping a loved one through an addiction, call 800-208-9273 today.

What are some interventions for struggling students? ›

Five principles for supporting struggling learners
  • Know individual students. Effective teachers know their students. ...
  • Plan according to the developmental levels of students. ...
  • Model instruction and follow up with students. ...
  • Assess students throughout the lesson. ...
  • Provide consistent one-on-one or small group interventions.
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