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Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration [Paperback]

Deborah Pruitt

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Book Description

July 12 2012
You’re passionate about making an impact … and you know that high-level collaboration is the key. Now you can confi dently and consistently create the relationships, partnerships, and groups that achieve outstanding success. Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration synthesizes Deborah Pruitt’s dual perspectives as anthropologist and accomplished organizational consultant into six elements proven to make groups more successful: consistently producing outstanding results and enjoying a rewarding and inspiring collaboration experience. As you work through Group Alchemy, you can take the leap to the next level and create a group culture that serves your vision. You will learn the elements of alchemy that: • Inspire people to stay focused on results and give their best. • Quickly establish the foundation for high-level collaboration with any colleague or partner. • Eliminate common hidden barriers to group success. • Prevent the typical breakdowns and frustrations in groups that put the brakes on what is possible. • Expand the impact of every group you’re involved in, whether or not you’re the formal leader. • Increase your personal impact in all your relationships. With the group alchemy formula you can consistently generate the communication and trust necessary for truly successful collaboration—the kind where people personally invest in the group’s goals and aspirations and are willing to do what it takes to reach them. This is the promise of group alchemy, a promise the author has seen fulfi lled time and again in groups that engage this method. Let your group be next!

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  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Group Alchemy Publishing (July 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098575320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985753207
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.1 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,001,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 31 2014
By Jasko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a manager, I think this is a great book talking about leadership skills and development. I'm a huge believer in team building and this book did a great job talking about building a team. I required my staff to read this book and so far all feedback has been VERY positive. I would highly recommend this book to everybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my Perspective and Enriched my Life Dec 20 2012
By Real Person - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Group Alchemy is an excellent resource. I have found it relevant in my personal life as well as in my dealings with co-workers.

We are using it as a tool for professional development with our small staff. Each month we review a chapter and then try to implement the group learning and Deborah's strategies for successful collaboration afterwards. It has made a HUGE difference and I would strongly recommend using it in this manner.

I have also used Deborah's wise counsel to adjust my approach with family and others and experienced very favorable results.

It is a must read and you will definitely want to purchase copies for the people with whom you live and work afterwards!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She Nails It! Nov. 4 2012
By Kate Thomsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We've all worked in groups that collaborate well together and we've all worked in groups that try to eat each other. Deborah Pruitt in her book "Group Alchemy ,,," exactly describes the groups I've worked in with scary accuracy and the things that go wrong and make teamwork nonexistent and the workplace miserable. The wonderful thing about this book is she not only identifies the problems and pitfalls, she explains how they develop and provides a formula to change things for the better and avoid problems or eliminate current dysfunction. She does a superb job of describing how destructive group dynamics occur and an easy to read, practical system to work on a structure that keeps those things at bay. This is a must read for anyone who leads a team or work group, anyone who works in a group setting (almost all of us in some capacity) as well as anyone wanting to improve their personal ability to function in groups at work or in their personal life.
Definitely a 2 thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alchemy: a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way April 23 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Deborah Pruitt comes to this assignment of engaging our attention to the fundamentals of group interaction to become collaboration with fine credentials. She earned her masters and PhD in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley, has taught at the college level in the Bay Area and now serves as faculty advisor at the Western Institute for Social Research.

The title of her book describes the outcome of her instruction well. In her introduction she states, `Culture is the key to successful groups because it's the frame of reference that defines what people believe is possible and which actions they choose to take. This makes the driver of events. Every group of people that interacts routinely develops a culture, whether it forms one consciously or not. The task before you is to make sure that your culture supports your mission You can do this by consciously creating a unique culture attuned to your particular group's identity, values and ambitions - one that calls for the behaviors that satisfy those ambitions.'

The six elements of Dr Pruitt's teaching are inspiration, agreements, accountability, acknowledgement, renewal, and mastery. Each of these aspects she discusses in depth in a manner that holds the reader's attention and move ahead with clarity. She repeatedly supports evidence that support inspired cooperation, generate clarity and efficiency and provide the fuel to sustain ongoing improvements and expanding success. In the end she is simply emphasizing an aspect of human interaction that few have applied to the group setting. She is a powerful influence on making collaboration the key in group strategy. Very well written and instructive book. Grady Harp, April 14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Group Dynamics can be challenging. Jan. 31 2014
By Editorial Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives new insight and practical advice for how to deal with groups dynamics. If you are tired of tedious meetings and want to make better group decisions download it now!

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