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

Deborah Pruitt

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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: 188 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: #833,889 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
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
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Nails It! Nov. 4 2012
By Kate Thomsen - Published on
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 Group Dynamics can be challenging. Jan. 31 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for creating effective teams! Jan. 31 2014
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I love this book! It is insightful and practical! I particularly appreciate how Deborah has drawn on her rich academic knowledge and research to bring what really works into the real world of organizations and group dynamics. I work with nonprofit boards of directors and executives and have used the ideas in this book over and over again to support building the board as a team or strengthening staff teams. I recommend it to all of the nonprofit leaders I know. The book was also one of just a few finalists for a national book award (Terry McAdam Book Award) that recognizes significant works that contribute to building and enhancing the capacity of nonprofit organizations. Recognition among peers is the highest praise and Deborah and her book deserve it! You will find the ideas in this book are clearly presented, grounded in real world experience, easy to apply, and they work!

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