It's Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life (and Your Organization) by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships

It's Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life (and Your Organization) by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships

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by Tommy Spaulding
     
 

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In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the twenty-fist century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships.  In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s

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In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the twenty-fist century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships.  In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.
 
Tommy Spaulding learned at a very young age that he was not destined to be an academic star. He may have gotten a 4.0, but only if he added his high school and college GPAs together. The reason he found academics so challenging, he discovered later, is that Tommy is dyslexic. But his dyslexia didn’t hold him back—in fact, it helped him to develop the talents he did have.  For Tommy is a natural leader; he realized early on that he had a unique ability to connect with others, whatever their age or background.  As a teenager, he was given a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People by his father, and it quickly became his bible.  He became a national finalist for the DECA Entrepreneurial Business competition in high school, and ran successfully for senior class president.  He went on to become the CEO of Up With People, one of the largest nonprofit international leadership organizations in the world.
 
At every step, Tommy learned that the secret to getting ahead was reaching out for the support and insight and influence of others. None of us achieve great success alone. We need the help of other people.
 
In this candid, revealing book, Tommy expands upon the principles that Dale Carnegie outlined 75 years ago, and shows us how to take them one step further to accomplish the impossible in our lives and careers.  To invite others to be genuine partners in our lives and success, Tommy explains, you have to first be interested in other people.  It’s not just who you know, or what they can do for you, but what you can do for them. Motives matter. Establishing a deeper connection is about authenticity, not manipulation.  Reciprocity, not selfishness. Every relationship is a two-way street; we never know when a chance encounter can change the direction of our life. 
 
In the bestselling tradition of Dale Carnegie’s classic, It’s Not Just Who You Know shows how each and every one of us can use the power of netgiving—of helping others—to expand our world and achieve our goals, and make a difference in our job, our career, and our community.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“a valuable, reader-friendly guidebook for both business and personal living”
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Tommy masterfully illustrates case by case, person by person, that we're all in this together."
—Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307589132
Publisher:
Crown Religion/Business/Forum
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,157,512
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

TOMMY SPAULDING founded the Leader’s Challenge (the largest high school civic and leadership program in Colorado) and was the CEO of Up With People, one of the largest leadership nonprofit organizations in the world. He is the founder and CEO of Spaulding Companies, a consulting firm based out of Denver. He lives in the Denver metropolitan area with his wife and family.

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It's Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life (and Your Organization) by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
dmill More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and must say that I have been inspired and challenged. The style of writing produces the feeling that you are sitting with "Tommy" having a conversation over coffee. I felt as though his life experiences and lessons learned were written in a way that hit home in way that I haven't experienced in years. You will have a hard time putting this book down. My copy of "It's Not Just Who You Know" is "dog-eared" and "marked up" on nearly every page. I was challenged personally but also have great material to take back to the team that I lead. This is a must read that I believe will be a classic that is re-read often. I look forward to see the many ways that Tommy Spaulding's message will impact our culture!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spaulding captures the elements to relationship development in a fashion that is entertaining and informative. His stories capture the heart and drive to action. A true gem!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inspiring story of a person who truly drove his way to success by hard work and by the connections that he created. He shares his secrets to success along with a lot of practical tips and hints. To state that he is an extreme extrovert is an understatement. His approach will be challenging for the reserved reader but he is compelling in his story with examples of how his interactions opened doors for him. I learned something from this book and would have liked to have heard more about some of his less positive connections and challenges. An easy read with practical tips - be prepared to be challenged to go outside your comfort zone.
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rider51 More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written! My husband and I have been moved by this book in so many ways! Tommy Spaulding is such an inspiration!
equinejumper More than 1 year ago
This book will give you a better perspective, or confirm yours, if you already have one that prioritizes building all the relationships in your life. It's a fun, easy, captivating read that you'll want to share with not only your team at the office, but with everyone you know.
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