My guest for this episode is Deborah Pruitt, Ph.D., an award winning, best-selling author and nonprofit consultant. Dr. Pruitt believes that every group is capable of greatness.

Her programs are committed to teaching transformational leaders how to create a strong culture of collaboration that converts untapped capabilities into extraordinary results. Her clients describe breakthroughs in clarity, effectiveness and camaraderie, using phrases like “sea change” and “life changing” to describe the effects of learning the habits of collaboration that Deborah calls “Group Alchemy®.”

In Group Alchemy®, Deborah translates her thirty years of cross-cultural research as an anthropologist into straight talk about how culture underpins everything in an organization and determines what is possible. Drawing on more than twenty years of organizational-effectiveness consulting in nonprofits she developed a formula of practical steps to guide any group to uncover the obstacles in their way, and to carve out the path forward that will support true collaboration, initiative, and creativity. This means they go from struggling to achieving extraordinary results while also building more enriching ways of working together.

The Formula for Group Alchemy is explained in her book, Group Alchemy: This Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration.

Deborah earned her doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • What is group alchemy? How does it deal with intractable problems?
  • An in-depth look at what culture really is. There’s an ideal culture, but also the real culture.
  • The value of creating an organizational culture that fixes its own problems.
  • Involving the people into the work we do by properly addressing our tendency to be in a position of control.
  • If things are going well, how do you ensure that it continues into the future?


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