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Who's Got Your Back

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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

Broadway Books,

15 min read
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Create a team of advisers that will catapult you to success while improving your life.

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  • Comprehensive
  • Well Structured
  • Inspiring


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.


Changing Your Life with “Lifeline Relationships”

Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch didn’t plan to launch a million-dollar business back in 1961. She just wanted to lose weight. After losing the first 20 pounds, she realized she needed more than a diet; she also needed encouragement. When she sought support from an “inner circle” of friends who provided insight and held her accountable for adhering to her eating plan, she lost 72 pounds and started Weight Watchers. Current CEO Dave Kirchhoff says the organization still relies on Nidetch’s basic message of weight loss through “support and accountability.”

This message isn’t unique to weight loss. All kinds of success come easier and faster with a small group of reliable, honest and trusted advisers, your core supporters, people with whom you share mutual, supportive “lifeline relationships.” Finding them requires knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, and accepting that you cannot do everything alone. It means relying on strategies like those used by Weight Watchers to stay focused, accountable and efficient, regardless of the goal. These enduring relationships will help you define success and long-term goals, ...

About the Author

Consultant Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, wrote the bestseller Never Eat Alone.

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    V. M. 7 years ago
    Respect the rules.
    Highly productive teams prefer their own methods of work. This is one of the reasons for their success. Do the same for the collective as it is for individual employees: let them form their own approaches and embody them. However, it should be explained that all actions must be timely and within the approved budgets. It is very important that the team has a clear understanding of responsibility - for good, and for not very good results.
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    J. B. 7 years ago
    Very good article in which I can relate to a lot of its points.