Getting Things Done Together: A Workbook for Achieving Regional Goals

Getting Things Done Together offers a new and better way to plan for getting things done regionally. It was created for people who are ready and willing to work toward accomplishing an important goal for their communities and neighboring areas. When you have finished the Workbook, you will have a thorough grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of your initiative, as well as a plan for moving forward.

The workbook includes questions, discussion, and tables to fill out that will help you make decisions about how to move from having an idea to actually getting something done. The exercises will help you frame a coherent agenda for your work, decide who should be involved, and identify what resources, information, and connections you will need to succeed in your effort. The Workbook is organized in four sections:

Part 1: How to Use This Workbook introduces the process and helps set the table for your efforts.  It helps you identify key allies and key sources of information.

Part 2: Getting Started asks you to think briefly about what you want to achieve. This initial set of questions is designed to help you make a preliminary assessment of your effort’s purpose, geographical scope, stage, and potential for success.

Part 3: Getting to Work asks questions that prompt you to explore each of the factors that will contribute to the capacity needed to achieve  your particular goal.  There are fifteen factors in total, organized into five categories:

  • Agenda—the purpose and goals of the effort.
  • Actor Group—the individuals and organizations that will work together to achieve success on the agenda.
  • Internal Capacity—the ability to secure in-region resources to support success.
  • External Capacity—the ability to secure resources from outside the region to support success.
  • Implementation Experience— experience operating at the regional level to solve problems.

A special section - Integrating the Factors: the ‘Dynamic Core’ - shows you how to assess the relationships among the factors, especially the Agenda and the Actor Group. This is the dynamic element that shapes your overall strategy.

Part 4: Bringing It All Together—Deciding What to Do Next is the closing section of the workbook. Here, you will assess the strengths and weaknesses of your initiative’s overall capacity and decide where to invest additional effort as you develop the strategies and tactics to achieve your goal.