5. Be Flexible. Ok, now that you have figured it all out, tested it with great feedback, communicated it, you still have to leave yourself some room for adjustment. No matter how much you plan and think ahead, there will be some things that do not work quite right. Do not be afraid to fix it, re-communicate, and move forward. Don't think you have to stick to your original plan forever. I love the words of George S. Patton, "a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow." The factors above represent only a subset of those that you may consider when reorganizing a technology group, however I hope they provide a good framework to help shape your thinking.
The first book written to cover the 12 step program was titled
"Alcoholics Anonymous", affectionately known as the
Big Book by program members.
Following the subsequent extensive growth of twelve step programs for
other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors, many additional books were
written and recordings and videos were produced. These cover the steps
in greater detail and how people have specifically applied the steps in
their lives. An extensive chronology and background about the history of
. has been put together at
Dick B.'s website .
The twelve steps of the program are listed above and on the steps page in generic form. Other groups who have adopted the 12 steps to address their own particular addictive or dysfunctional behavior have similar ideas, usually with only minor variations . These steps are meant to be worked sequentially as a process of getting rid of addictive behaviors and should result in a growth in freedom and happiness, as outlined in the Promises . The general governing approach for . groups was originally laid out in the Twelve Traditions , and they remain the guiding principles for most 12 step groups today.
There is a wealth of further information about 12 Step programs in Wikipedia , including a list of 12 step groups , and also from the numerous links in our directory of recovery related websites .
Newcomers Guide View the Newcomers Guide for some straightforward tips and a quick overview about starting a 12 Step program. It could be the best thing you ever did.