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Who's Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success--and Won't Let You Fail

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

    I'm off to build my Dream Team ...

    Why you should read this book:

    1) The Four Mindsets: Intimacy, Generosity, Vulnerability, Candor
    This follows up on the mindsets Ferrazzi explored in his first book, Never Eat Alone. Building relationships, and repairing relationships, using these mindsets will greatly enhance and fuel all types of relationships, and increase your chances of maintaining strong, successful alliances. These four mindsets are core to building trust.

    2) Building a Dream Team: We all have dreams, and we need strong relationships to help us realize those dreams. Once we've accepted that conducting our relationships through the lens of the four mindsets contributes to our success, building a dream team to help us fuel our success is the next logical step. Ferrazzi outlines nine steps to building a dream team. Not sure if the steps work or not, since Ferrazzi doesn't present hardcore evidence that actual, real live individuals have used these steps successfully, but Ferrazzi's nine steps includes many practical and tactical ideas that logically should work, and seem worth trying.

    3) Holding Each Member Accountable: Without accountability in the group and among individuals, teams become lazy, complacent, loose focus, and derail. Ferrazzi does a nice job of explaining safe ways to implement accountability measures into your organizational, or dream, teams.

    What I Didn't Like About This Book:

    As was the standard in Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi does lots of name dropping. My eyes glassed over with all the name-dropping. Ferrazzi's message would have been much stronger and clearer without all the lip service.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Accessible manual for personal team building

    Achieving lofty personal and professional goals in life isn't easy. And, as consultant and author Keith Ferrazzi argues in this compelling team-building manual, it's nearly impossible to do alone. But find three like-minded, experienced and tough people who care about you, who tell the truth and who understand accountability, and you'll attain your goal a lot easier - whether it's losing 20 pounds, climbing to the top of the sales chart, avoiding conflict or giving up a detrimental habit like bragging. Ferrazzi details how to create a "dream team" to push you to the next stage - finding the right people, building solid relationships, setting goals and dodging pitfalls. Filled with relatable don't-do-what-I-did stories from Ferrazzi, the book makes the whole process sound easy - perhaps a bit too easy. Still, this recipe for success seems to include all the right ingredients. getAbstract suggests this persuasive book to any ambitious soul who is looking to reach the stars with the backing of a dedicated team.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Keith Ferrazzi Teaches 9 Steps to Achieve Your Goals in Life - Business or Personal

    I believe I'm an efficient manager, but to really achieve what I want in life - to be a recognized published writer, Ferrazzi says one must search for a "dream team," a team that will provide the daily support you need to succeed with your goals. Think of three people you communicate with daily/weekly, then eliminate them, states Ferrazzi. One needs to find a strong network who will fulfill the 4 C's: commitment, comprehension, chemistry and curiosity (and diversity). This should not be a quick deduction as to who will be your lifelines while planning and writing your goals as many companies overlook the "who" in their search, but a succession of carefully planned goal setting steps. An inspiration for the meek as well as the bold business executive, Ferrazzi is truly an energizing speaker who helps every one to believe they can finally reach their goals in life. Keith Ferrazzi is on tour now, promoting his book Who's Got Your Back, sponsored by University of Phoenix who will be at the Q Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    A must have for the Leadership Library

    Skip the acknowledgments or you will think everyone should have your back. Otherwise, this was an idea-provoking book. This book pooled several leadership ideas into one source. It combines a successful leadership process with relationship building for a never fail outcome. Keith's willingness to expose his own failing shows the road to accountability is possible as long as there is a good support team in place. It was truly a bright light during these stressful times of 2009.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Solid Read for People Who Are Ready to Take Positive Action & Believe in Collaboration

    For me, Ferrazzi's "Who's Got Your Back" wasn't as game changing as its predecessor, "Never Eat Alone," but it's still a very solid book that will appeal to a large vertical of professionals.

    The premise of the book is that you can't get to the top, or anywhere for that matter, relying solely on yourself and that the key to achieving your dreams comes from having "lifeline relationships."

    The book gets a little long-winded and didn't feel quite as actionable to me as I would've liked, but that could very well be because I'm very deeply embedded in this space and already practice a lot of what Keith discusses in the book on an everyday basis.

    The four mind-sets he discusses in the book should be something everyone immediately, if they haven't already, implements into their lives regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue the other insights in the book.

    Once you understand the four mindsets, Keith takes you through how to build and assemble your own dream team that will invariably help you accomplish your life's goals.

    I absolutely loved certain aspects of this book that will change the way you approach the task oriented relationships in your life. Pay special attention to long slow dinners, collaborating as opposed to compromising, and the idea of sparring to help you glean insight surrounding key decisions.

    The end of book does get more actionable, including quite a few bullet points that are worth scanning the pages and revisiting again later until you become proficient at creating the groups Keith discusses.

    If you're inspired to take positive action in your life and see the power of the collaboration, particularly with the emergence of online tools that aid this process, then chances are this book is for you.

    And as an aside, whether it's intended to be or not, this is a GREAT book for business and team leaders that really want to become better at managing their teams. There are so many subtle examples of how leaders have emphasized the four mindsets to engage their teams and help themselves become better leaders. If you're a leader who is unsure of your leadership or find that your team is increasingly frustrated or put off by your leadership style, do yourself a favor and read this book.

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