Summary of Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge

How to Succeed from a Support Position

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Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge book summary
You don’t move from the supporting cast to the lead role by accident: You need a plan.


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Geoffrey M. Bellman provides strategies that support personnel can use to bring about positive change in their organizations. A comprehensive table of contents allows you to go directly to the area of the book that most interests you. In fact, the author designed the book to be read in pieces and many topics stand on their own in manageable chunks. This alone makes the book a useful tool for people who are interested in "leading from the middle." The informal writing style and the many useful lists make these ideas accessible to readers who lack formal business training, and thus are likelier to work in support roles. Bellman believes that instead of complaining about your lack of power, you should build your power and get things done. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone who isn’t CEO (yet).

In this summary, you will learn

  • How you can lead from the middle
  • What six things you can do to get key players on your side
  • How to be seen as successful


How to Succeed in a Support Position
To succeed in a support position, you have to understand your role in the corporate game. You also have to realize that the corporate game is not the only game in town. Lead your security-conscious, control-oriented, managerial self beyond its present...
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About the Author

Geoffrey M. Bellman is the author of The Quest for Staff Leadership (1986), which won the 1987 National Book Award from the Society for Human Resource Management. He also wrote The Consultant’s Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do (1990).

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