Keith Ferrazzi’s book, Never Eat Alone, was a terrific guide for all professionals that explained how to find and connect with mentors and how not to keep score in networking, among other terrific tips. As a big proponent of networking as a tool for job seekers, entepreneurs and just about everyone, I was excited to receive a copy of Keith’s most recent book, Who’s Got Your Back.
Billed as a “step-by-step guide to the powerful principles behind personal growth and change,” this useful guide reminds readers that everyone needs someone to lean on! Keith advocates identifying three “lifelines,” or people who are willing and able to advise and hold you accountable to your goals and dreams.
He describes the four reasons why he believes lifeline relationships are key (p. 27):
1. To help us identify what success truly means for us, including our long-term career plans.
2. To help us figure our the most robust plan possible to get there, through short-term goals and strategies that would tie us into knots if we tried to go it alone.
3. To help us identify what we need to stop doing to move forward in our lives.
4. To have people around us committed to ensuring we don’t fail – so we can transform our lives from good to great.
Keith reminds his readers that people like to give advice, and he peppers the book with a myriad of personal stories demonstrating the power of connecting, the value of being vulnerable and the importance of being yourself.
Useful tips about discovering your “personal currency” (what you can offer in a mutually beneficial relationship) and the importance of recognizing that “the pinnacle of generosity isn’t just helping others, but allowing them to help us” (p. 64), make this book another valuable networking “bible” with tips on everything from how to build intimacy to specific tools to assist professionals who hope to succeed at what may seem to be “wild” dreams.
I hope you will be inspired by Who’s Got Your Back to recognize that you DO drive your own career bus. Take the wheel and find the resources you need to encourage, support and promote your own success. You deserve it!
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