Summary of You Don't Have to Do It Alone

How to Involve Others to Get Things Done

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You Don't Have to Do It Alone book summary
How to harness the energy of a group to accomplish more: a step-by-step project plan to involve others and get results.


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This book is great reading for anyone who wants to get more done through team or group efforts, from peer or cross-functional work teams to groups of volunteers. If you initiate or lead a project, this thorough guide takes you all the way through, beginning with your first decision: determining whether you should do your project alone or involve additional people. It helps you consider the trade-offs involved and the advantages and disadvantages. Then the four authors - Richard H. Axelrod, Emily M. Axelrod, Julie Beedon and Robert W. Jacobs, all organizational development consultants - lead you step by step through the process of finding the right people, inviting them to participate, getting them excited, keeping them involved and celebrating successes both along the way and when the project is done. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone who has to coordinate a group effort, from managers to corporate presidents. Almost anyone who does not work alone could benefit from applying the concepts in this book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to determine whether to handle your project yourself or involve others
  • How to select the right people
  • How to invite others to get involved and keep them involved
  • How to conduct meetings
  • How to conclude your group effort
  • How to evaluate your project


Involving Others Creates Energy
Involving numerous people in projects or initiatives rather than just doing everything yourself has both advantages and disadvantages. Advantages often include: Efficiency - You will save time and get things done faster. Ease - Several...
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About the Authors

Richard H. Axelrod, Emily M. Axelrod, Julie Beedon and Robert W. Jacobs are organizational consultants. Richard H. Axelrod, the author of Terms of Engagement, co-founded The Axelrod Group, Inc., with Emily M. Axelrod. Beedon, co-author of Meetings by Design, is CEO of VISTA Consulting Team Ltd. Jacobs, author of Real Time Strategic Change, is president of Robert W. Jacobs Consulting, Inc.

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