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Getting It Done: How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

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Let's face it. In this chaotic world of teams, matrix management, and horizontal organizations, it's tougher than ever to get things done. How do you lead when you're not the one in charge? How can you be effective when joint action is needed? You need an edge in order to reach solutions and effectively work with others.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 5th 1999 by HarperBusiness (first published June 3rd 1997)
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Kent White
Aug 26, 2014 Kent White rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. It has some great advice. However, I kept wondering if this was an abridgement as I was listening to it since it was so disjointed, but no, it was not abridged. The ideas are fine, but forgettable. I read it because it is one of Charlie Munger's favorite books, but it reads a lot like Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. A thought here, a thought there, and no systematic approach to implementing it. You will find some good ideas, but this is one to speed-read.
Nicole Smith
Favorite quotes:

"It would be a lucky break for you if at least part of the problem were the result of your behavior. Then you could improve the situation by improving your contribution. . . . The more you contribute to a bad situation, the more power you have to change it." p16

". . . solutions are not the answer. The answer is a better process for finding solutions." p21

". . . unless what you do today is related to where you want to end up, you will never get there." p42

". . . the time we have i
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Andy
Sep 08, 2012 Andy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this is a disappointing sequel to Getting to Yes. There is nothing new. The essence of the practical advice is to focus on your circle of influence and quit if you have a bad boss. Duh.
Beyond that, there is much silly advice about persuading your boss to be a better leader by trying to teach him/her what it says in every blessed management book in existence. Good bosses don't need this because they are already soliciting suggestions and trying to improve their leadership skills. Bad bos
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Alexander
May 12, 2014 Alexander rated it it was ok
Shelves: marketing, business
Getting It Done is a good read for anyone new to business; just everything said in the book is good and helpful advice, but if you've already done your basic business reading, you won't find anything new here. Not bad, but not great.
Jamie
Jul 14, 2013 Jamie rated it did not like it
Why is it 2013 and I am being asked reading a book about leadership written in 1999? Many things about this particular course do not make sense, but here we are. I opened this book and did some glancing, but I would not say I read it. Out & out grad school rebellion. I can't wait to return this to the library.
Tisha
May 31, 2012 Tisha rated it it was ok
Mostly I was disappointed because I thought this book would tell me how to lead when I wasn't the one with authority. It was really a re-hash of a bunch of famous books without any of the charisma of any of them. I didn't need to hear anything about setting goals of different lengths, for example.
Mary C. Brown
May 17, 2009 Mary C. Brown rated it it was amazing
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Truly a great book. In the back, instead of an index, it has an easy-to-use outline. When you want apply the principles from the book, this makes it simple to review them.
Kim Kanofsky
Aug 10, 2013 Kim Kanofsky rated it it was amazing
This was a great leadership book! I highly recommend the tips and tactics, especially the sine-wave chart and the circle chart. I use those all the time now.
Yudhit
Apr 30, 2013 Yudhit rated it it was ok
Recommended to Yudhit by: Susan Fickling
I finally finish it..... uh uh... as I said before,I am not very good in reading serious stuff like this one. Hopefully, some of it get into my head :P.
Kristina
Aug 06, 2008 Kristina rated it really liked it
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Lateral leadership techniques for to get things done when your not the one in charge. Have a purpose or mission know what direction you want to lead people
Kim
Nov 25, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
Some good tips and advice but very very circular. It folded in and back on itself multiple times until it became a bit mind-numbing.
Katherine
Mar 19, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
Good advice though I though it could have been distilled into a couple of worksheets or into a workbook format.
Tim
May 15, 2011 Tim rated it it was ok
Can't say I was very moved after reading this. Overall good tips, but nothing earth shattering.
Bart-Jan
May 17, 2012 Bart-Jan rated it liked it
From the authors of 'Getting to Yes' on negotiation. This book is nice, but not as good as GtY
Val
Sep 14, 2008 Val is currently reading it
Very enlightening if you work in groups of any size.
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