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The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know

The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know

by Bob Beaudine
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ISBN-13: 9781599951539
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 242,576
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 5.64(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Bob Beaudine is the president and CEO of Eastman & Beaudine and recognized as the top Sports/Entertainment search executive in the U.S. Beaudine also serves as a member of the SMU Cox School of Business Associate Board. Bob and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for 24 years and have three grown daughters.

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Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
IslandDave on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure who Beaudine is targeting with this book, but it clearly is not me. My gut says this is a grand branding campaign for his recruiting and lecturing businesses. Anyone reasonably successful enough to make use of his 'Who!' concept doesn't need the low-level advice dolled out therein, and anyone who really needs a career pep talk has already heard similar versions of this crap from every know-it-all selling career snake oil, and doesn't have anything approaching the valuable 'Who!' network Beaudine assures us we already have.The book can be boiled down to 'utilize your friends and family, ask for what you want, adjust to changes, don't give up.' Aren't there enough of those books out there? The auther cries 'We're not designed to go it alone' and tells us we already have a vast network of 'Who!' people who will row our dream ships up the river for us. Hogwash. Beaudine uses exceptional stories of lucky or determined people to convince us that all of us can do the same. This is the same exact tactic that TV diet pill slingers use to convince us that their products will make us look great in a bikini or will help us hook up with the chick who looks great in a bikini. As the fine print usually echoes, 'Exceptional results. Your results may vary.' The early reference to Beaudine's discussion with George W. Bush about possibly being MLB Commish rather than running for Governor ship made me want to gag. After describing how 'Bobby Boy' (Bush's nick for the author) advised Bush that the time was not right to pursue the Commish job, and how Bush was unsure that he would be successful in his first run for Governor of Texas, Beaudine lectures the reader: "Listen, if the guy who became president almost missed the clues to his destiny, it's easy to see how we could make the same mistake." Same mistake? The mistake was not convincing that fool to do something other than run his state (and later the nation) into the ground. After swallowing my revulsion (and setting the book aside for a few days), I finished the rest and felt like my middle management boss had just given me the worst "There's no I in Team" pep talk of all time. What a waste of a couple hours.
carlym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main idea of this book is that success and happiness come from relationships that you already have or would normally make in life--traditional networking or reaching out to strangers or acquaintances isn't necessary. I thought that the author had some excellent points: friends want to help you, so don't be embarrassed to ask for help or advice; make a specific plan to achieve what you want, and actually do something about it; and getting what you want takes hard work. I liked that the author seemed genuinely happy and enthusiastic. His style wasn't really for me, though. I would call it "sports guy" style: lots of simple metaphors, exclamation points, words in quotation marks, unnecessary terms for ordinary things, etc.
alycesquire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bob Beaudine has a lot of enthusiasm for his subject material and is very excited to share his knowledge with everyone. While I'm not convinced his approach to job hunting is the best, especially if you're brand new to a field and come from a family that is not connected, it certainly reminds you that we're very interconnected as a society.I also think the book is powerful in that it forces you to socialize and get input from others. Sometimes this is the most effective way of pinpointing your skill set and how you should proceed. The passage in the book re: the woman who becomes a veterinarian resonated with me for that reason; often times, we take our strongest skills for granted. It may take another perspective to show us how unique and powerful that can be in our own lives.While I would not necessarily recommend this for a college graduate, I think it could be helpful for a person re-entering the workforce or looking for a new position. It certainly reminds us all to keep checking the rolodex for names that may have fallen off our usual field of vision!
davidpwhelan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bob Beaudine shares his personal principles for networking in "The Power of Who". The basic premise is that a smaller, more personal network of friends (your "Who") is more valuable personally and professionally than a large network of people with whom you may only have a weak connection. Mr. Beaudine provides a number of examples of the impact of "Who" on people with whom he has interacted. He also highlights some of the benefits of having a strong network, who can defuse negative self-talk, provide perspective, engage in reciprocity, and support self-efficacy. Unlike a more traditional networking approach, Mr. Beaudine's concept of "Who" works on the assumption that those close to you, who have a more meaningful relationship to you, will bring the power of their own "Who" network to your benefit.Frequent readers of self-help books oriented to business will recognize the writing style. The first half of the book is slow going and could have used some more editing. High points, like Chapter 3 - Your "Who" World - and Chapter 7 - Reworking You and Your "Who" - are worth the wait and Mr. Beaudine's story telling and concepts are much clearer there. Some of his tangents, into interviewing skills or kindness to strangers, are tied back to the "Who" and "What" concepts but do not seem to fit well into the overall arc of the book. The writing is made more engaging by use of anecdotes and, particularly in the last third of the book, references to other theories and writers that can help the interested reader.Mr. Beaudine talks only about strategic networks in human terms, but online networking users of sites like LinkedIn can benefit from his concepts as well. Because "Who" relies not only on your close network, but the power in the individual "Who" of each member of your network, it's clear that the lack of friction in online networking is no excuse for creating large and random networks merely because you can. His tips help you to think about who, and what, you should be focusing on from both personal and business perspectives.
sarahwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Depend on your friends, choose the right friends, show who you are not what you are..." Bob Beaudine's book is reminiscent of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE or Barbara Sher's classic WISHCRAFT, as written by a Texas motivational guy who really likes sports. He does spend a lot of time on himself, and his admiration for George W. Bush is to gag a maggot. Still, it's far from horrible advice. I would give a young college graduate who has a big dream and needs focus to achieve it. (Translation: It probably won't stay in my library.)
smilingsally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a job or know someone who is, here is a good tool to help. In fact, if you have a job but would like to pursue your Dream Job, this is a book you need to read. This hardback 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" self-help book contains anecdotal stories illustrating the author's guidelines. Chapter 8 alone is worth the price of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"You already know who you need to know to be where you want to be"--TPOW GREAT book help me a great deal
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PhotoBySki More than 1 year ago
When this book was first recommended to me via Dave Ramsey on his daily show, I thought to myself "is Bob Beaudine kidding me? I REALLY already know everyone I need to know?" But because I value Dave Ramsey, I decided to read the book. Let me assure you that the title and subtitle of the book is NOT all there is in the book. It's not like the book has a bunch of blank pages. There is a lot more to this than the title. Mr. Beaudine writes a very stimulating book that you need to read if you plan on being successful. It's a quick read so I don't want to hear that you don't have time. If you care about your future, read this book.
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Myf More than 1 year ago
"The Power of Who" puts every "how to" business book on its ear, because this is a LIFE book that works for business. What a meaningful read.
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CCDavis More than 1 year ago
Bob Beaudine inspires a renewed look at our relationships and our approach to success. A must read. In part, it is about doing what you love, being passionate about everything you do, building genuine relationships, and asking those who are already in your cheering squad for help when you need it. You will remember his stories long after you put the book down. This book gives us foundational principles- simply stated and warmly presented. This is indeed a book you will want to share with your ¿who¿ or anyone who has forgotten there is something greater waiting right around the corner.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
The main theme of the book is that old-fashioned networking is just that, "old-fashioned". You already know all the people who are going to help you accomplish your personal dream whether that includes a new job or not. People help people that they know. Mr. Beaudine is a man who places executives for a career, therefore, most of his examples are in the job obtaining category but his knowledge overlaps into any area where you have a dream. I must admit that for the first couple of chapters I felt like I was in Whoville with Dr. Seuss, Mr. Beaudine does use the "Who" factor a lot but once I was used to it, the annoyance disappeared. He uses many illustrations that make perfect sense like the character of Jimmy Stewart in "Its a Wonderful LIfe" who ended up asking his enemy for advice rather than his friends. Or the person who used a reference in a resume who mis-pronounced his name when called. Not exactly a "good" reference. His statement that "Everyone has a "WHO" network, a community of friends" really sums up the theme and he expands on this theme throughout the whole book.

I found that this book had some really good information for someone who was wanting to find a new position or look for ways in which to accomplish their dreams. Information on a source that is often overlooked by everyone. 4 stars
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a job or know someone who is, here is a good tool to help. In fact, if you have a job but would like to pursue your Dream Job, this is a book you need to read. This hardback 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" self-help book contains anecdotal stories illustrating the author's guidelines. Chapter 8 alone is worth the price of the book.
PR_PRO More than 1 year ago
The Power of Who, is quite simple, life changing. It is not possible to read this book and not come away with a new outlook on how to live your life, both personal and professional. It is brilliant.
mjrtexas More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted to know what a top executive recruiter knows, this is the book ¿ The Power of Who. Beaudine may find more people in the masses jobs with this book when he explains, "... people hire people, not resumes." Everyone should take to heart these questions a perspective employer will ask about you, "#1 Do I know you, #2 Do I like you, #3 Do you understand my needs, #4 Are you the best for me in my particular situation?" I read the book on an airplane trip and was constantly writing notes about the key people that could actually lead me to a job I'm passionate about, rather than networking, linking, or making "friends" that don't really know me. His approach to identifying your authentic network ¿ the people that really care about you ¿ made great sense and had excellent examples of benefits.
TheHMCcompany More than 1 year ago
I have read numerous books from a wide range of authors. If there is no other book you read in 2009, this is the single book that will help you through these troubled times.
george_bailey More than 1 year ago
In a life filled with work and a growing family, time to read a book is at a premium. However, making time to read this book was one of the best investments I made in myself this past year. Bob Beaudine has created a compelling read that is concise and incredibly insightful. The power of the book is in its common sense approach. Mr. Beaudine doesn't rely on complex theories or high minded concepts. He keeps it simple, direct and focused on results.

Mr. Beaudine's advice is based on years of real world experience dealing with top executives in a number of fields. Despite his expertise in dealing with A list executives, his strategies work not just in the C suite but on the assembly line as well. Thru out the book he weaves in great stories that engage the reader. My favorite is the magical round of golf with his dad. Even if you aren't in business this book will give you tons of insight on getting the most out of the relationships in your life.

Once you start this book, you won't want to stop. The only reason I didn't finish faster was my wife commandered the book(shortly after giving birth to twins) and refused to turn it over until she was done.

Get your copy today and unleash "The Power of Who".
Carrotman More than 1 year ago
I love that this book makes you think about the people that really matter most in your life. Your entire life; business, personal, church, they all revolve around your WHO.

The Power of WHO will help you realize that you already know all the people you need to know to be a better businessperson, a better father and a better person. It is that good and that simple.

After reading Bob's book it changed the way I looked at my friends and my co-workers and made all those relationships better. Even more impressive was the way it changed my relationships at home.

This book is a rare gem that combines common sense with good business acumen. There really is a little magic in this book. Don't miss it!