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Alchemy: a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way April 23 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on
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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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She Nails It! Nov. 4 2012
By Kate Thomsen - Published on
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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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Changed my Perspective and Enriched my Life Dec 20 2012
By Real Person - Published on
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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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Great read Jan. 31 2014
By Jasko - Published on
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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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Best book for creating effective teams! Jan. 31 2014
By Mary Hiland - Published on
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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!