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Power of Who

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Bob Beaudine believes Networking is Not working for Americans any longer. This highly respected and well-connected head hunter shares his philosophy on what really works in identifying what your dream in life is and how to get it. With his unique 100/40 principle, Beaudine takes the traditional networking concept, shakes it up and rebuilds it, explaining that individuals a ...more
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Published January 6th 2009 by Center Street (first published December 20th 2008)
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"The top two reasons for happiness are gratitude and giving." That was my favorite lesson from the book.

This is a good, common sense book for people who need to feed their head with positive self-help types of reading.
This book was worth way more than the $1 I paid for it. The author has renewed a dream of mine and enlightened me on the importance I play in the life of others whether it be to guide them or they guide me. It truly is a blessing to be able to give to others.
K.M. Carroll
I've been nibbling at this book for days, because there's so much good stuff here. It boils down to "help your friends, be kind to everyone, and help other people get what they want." Apparently those simple things have huge, huge ramifications in business and personal life alike--they bring about success.

This book and Linchpin, by Godin, both have a similar premise--do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Kindness. Generosity. Going the extra mile. Give and don't expect anything in r
Powerful insights for you and your career

I really enjoyed this book, much more than I ever expected. Relying heavily upon examples and anecdotes, it showed how the power of your existing relationships, and taking care of those already in your circles can lead to greater success.

This is one of the few books where I (1) shared examples with my bride; a sign the book resonated with me. (2) Made me want to buy copies for friends and acquaintances. And (3) gave me an insight I was able to apply the
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 fel ...more
This is a motivational book and it motivated and inspired me. The author is a recruiter in the sprots and entertainment industry and is highly successful. This is a book about self-improvement and networking. The author shares a key point about networking, and that is that you already know who you need to know to help you network to reach your career goals and dreams. He tells you to throw away all you've heard up to now about networking. You need to network with your "Who" group or those people ...more
Bob Beaudine believes “Networking” is an importuned factor neglegted in the American workplace. Beaudine is a well-connected head hunter and in this book he shares his philosophy on what really works in identifying what your dream in life is and how to get it. With his unique 100/40 principle, Beaudine takes the traditional networking concept, shakes it up and rebuilds it, explaining that individuals already know everyone they need to know. He shows readers that they have established a powerful ...more
Chris Munson
A great book about how to network using the people that you already know. The premise of the book is a simple already know everyone that you need to know in order to achieve your dreams. Whether it is finding a new job, linking up with someone who can help you start your own business or someone that can provide you with expert advice in how to run your already know someone that knows someone that can help you. A fairly quick read, but contains very valuable advice. The chapt ...more
I started off scanning the first chapter, but then it caught my interest and so I began to read it word for word. This book is a motivator. It helps you begin to think of th people you already know in a different way. I have to agree with most everything Bob wrote - people are willing to help you if they know what you are trying to do and they already know and like you. I agree, spend more time focusing on people with whom you already have connections with than trying to meet more people for the ...more
If you are job hunting, know exactly what you want to do, thinking about making a change in your career, or are not specific about what you want to do- read this.

Broad premise: your friends & family want to help you succeed- who do they know that can help you? Beaudine's experience in executive search has revealed most people under utilize personal connections- we tend to network with total strangers rather than ask a friend for help. In addition to that, are many other valuable insights an
Cheesy tone and anecdotes that you just have to tolerate -- but really useful information.
There's a better way than going to events and "networking" with people who only care about what they can get. You already have people in your corner. I thought Bob's message was a little trite at first, but he's right. Even if you don't have a vested relationship with one who can directly open a door, they might know a person who can and will because your friend will be a genuine advocate. Bob gives great advice about interviewing and even finding a spouse. One of the best career (and life) book ...more
Very fast and engaging read. A new way to think about your network and the people in your life. I liked it because it is more my style of networking which feels more genuine and is more about building relationships and friendships rather than schmoozing or using the other, to borrow from another book, "personality ethic". I'm all about the character ethic and the sincerity that comes from having a relationship that can lead to an opportunity because of people caring about each other. And I love ...more
A good concise strategy to decide on a goal and pursue that goal with precision and focus. More importantly Beaudine explains how the Who you know is a key part of getting to the goal. By that he means who you really know on a personal level; not byway of online connections or resume/business card dumps. A good deal of touchy feely type stuff that reminds me of that SNL spoof...."you're good, you're smart and dog-gone-it people like you" However, with that sugary encouragement aside it is a help ...more
Decided to read this book again, needed a refresher on the point of the book. Wish there was not soo much negative attitudes about networking. Really helpful book. Makes you want to help others achieve their dreams, hopefully by doing so achieving yours. Since the first time I read this book I have become more altruistic. Since losing my job and career two years ago, seen that as much I could use networking and a help out. There are just others out there who needed my help more.
Madison Mcgraw
The Power of Who is a book filled with the same business lessons we've been taught before, but Beaudine puts his own short spin on it. A quick read, a feel good read. A book to buy for college grads or perhaps, in this economy, as a 'pick me up' for people recently laid off who might need a little inspiration.
My favorite part of the book was Charlie the shoeshine man at the Philadelphia Airport. If only the world had more Charlies!
Lela Fagan
I highly recommend this edition of "The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need To Know". I purchased the audio book edition at It was recommended to me because of my previous purchases. This edition is narrated by the author Bob Beaudine.

By using anecdotes Mr. Beaudine's gives practical instruction on how to empower the people in your network and identify those that are your "Who".
Carolyn Gomez
There were some good solid gems in this book, but the first couple of chapters felt like fluff. This book is not just about the Power of Who - building your network.... but more of a compilation of wise advice on various personal and professional topics. I had higher hopes for the book based on the other reviews that I read. The book wasn't terrible, but in my mind, it was just ok.
This book is a great reminder of everything we already know. It's an easy read and for those that need nudging to start doing what they've always dreamed of; it provides good structure and discipline. I'd recommend it if for nothing else, to remind you that it's never to late to start living your life
Although a bit repetitive in syntax sometimes, this book is a fabulous read to remind you of what is most important in life: other people, giving and gratitude. Keep this in mind, and you will be most happy and fulfilled, not to mention successful in business.
Absolutely a MUST READ. This will turn your whole concept of networking upside down.

Bob is a wonderful author who really knows how to get his points across in an easy to understand way.
Good ideas about how to focus and network more strategically

The rule of 100/40
- what would you like to do (100 things)
- how many people do you know that could help (40 people you already know)

After about 10 pages in, I was finding good quotes on every other page. I learned a lot from this book and it helped me put my relationships with others (and their importance) into perspective.
Mickey Kammeyer
The title says it all. The advantages of reading this book would be if you are looking for techniques or motivation on how to harness the power of your network and make it work for you.
Deana Porter
This is a great book to help you determine who your "WHO" friends are and how to best cultivate those friendships to become mutually beneficial. Loved this book!
Throughout the years I made a big mistake that I dropped lots of friends is time to gain them back
Kristina Chamberlain
Anyone interested in a career or just making the most of your relationships should read this!!
Christine Hanson
This book is a real eye opener I'm on chapter 3 and enjoying it
Darrin Holst
heavy on "you can do it", light on "how do I do it"
Very Good; Dream big and reach your full potential
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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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