October 8, 2004

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By: Jack @ 4:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You Dont Have to do it Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done by Richard H. Axelrod, Emily M. Axelrod, Julie Beedon, Robert W. Jacobs, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 90 Pages, $16.95 Paperback, September 2004, ISBN 157675278X
Seeing as my world revolves around business books, I am often asked about trends on the latest books. This book exemplifies the latest trend I've come across. The books are becoming shorter, simpler and very practical. Most books nowadays have at least a synopsis at the end of chapters and often the books have extensive bibliographies and recommended readings. This book takes it a step further. Each chapter has a short story followed with an extremely comprehensive set of tools that absolutely anybody can use to implement changes.
The chapters names will give you an idea of the areas they cover. They are:
What Kind of Involvement is Needed? This chapter involves the nifty "Return on Involvement Assessment Tool" that will help you properly analyze the risks and rewards involved in taking on new projects.
How Do I Know Who to Include? It's as simple as asking who else needs to be here, beyond the obvious people involved. Involve more than the usual people.
How Do I Invite People to Become Involved? Make people feel important and suitable when inviting them and make sure the correct media is chosen for the invitation.
How Do I Keep People Involved? Make sure that the key people stay involved by supporting them, and don't worry if a few drop out.
How Do I Finish the Job? Make sure that the job gets done by having a final meeting, where people can be thanked and inspired to get involved in the future.
There is also a helpful chapter on how to hold effective meetings, which both large and small companies can get value from. The appendices alone are worth the price of admission. I especially liked the "The Involvement Checklist", which is a checklist of the most important parts of every chapter. This book is all in all a real deal when it comes to getting other people involved.