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Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration Paperback – Jul 16 2012
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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
Definitely a 2 thumbs up!
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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