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Achieving Success Through Social Capital: Tapping the Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks: Tapping the Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks (J–B–UMBS Series) Paperback – 27 Nov 2012
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Why do some people prosper while others struggle? The difference is more than what they know. It's also who they know. Successful people know how to improve their wealth, health, and happiness by creating rich social capital, tapping the hidden resources in their business, professional, and personal networks.
Achieving Success Through Social Capital is your hands-on guide to success through building and using your social capital. You'll learn why rich social capital produces higher pay, faster promotions, better jobs, breakthrough ideas, new business opportunities, and profitable companies. Rich social capital can even make you luckier. You'll also learn why good networks are essential for your health and emotional well-being, and for a meaningful life even a longer life.
With his 1994 business bestseller Networking Smart, Wayne Baker established himself as a leader in the social capital field. In this new book, he incorporates the latest findings about social capital into an empowering, practical, step-by-step program. He shows you how to move beyond the myth of individualism to the recognition that we are all connected and that connections are the keys to success. He guides you through the process of evaluating the quality of your current networks, improving your networks by applying dozens of proven practices, and using your social capital to invoke the power of reciprocity, helping yourself by contributing to others.
Baker has helped thousands of people, companies, and associations discover the power of social capital, take charge of their networks, and create the vibrant networks they need to support their missions and achieve their goals. His books, workshops, and business courses enable people to learn, apply, and benefit from the universal principles of networks.
Whether you're an entrepreneur with a growing business, a corporate executive trying to manage change, or a free agent in transitiondiscover the power of social capital. Learn to value connections, reinvent your networks, and create blockbuster results. This book will show you how.
About the Author
WAYNE BAKER is professor of organizational behavior at the University of Michigan Business School. He puts his knowledge into action through his work with HUMAX Corporation, an assessment and training firm specializing in personal and organizational development. In addition to his business bestseller, "Networking Smart," he has published numerous articles on business and social networks. He leads workshops and gives lectures around the world on the power of social capital.Email: wayneb@HUMAXnetworks.com
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Wayne Baker is a respected researcher of social networks. This book gives a step-by-step method of analyzing one's own social networks and through them, learning more about oneself. These social networks are not groups of people that you socialize with, but rather the core people that make up your life, your family, your co-workers and others.
Having diverse social networks is a good indicator of many metrics of success and happiness. People with diverse social networks make more money, get promoted faster, ... they even get fewer colds. But how diverse is your social network? How can you improve it? This book shows how to figure it out and teaches about social networks while doing it.
Just like tying your shoes correctly, there are many principles in life that we don't know, we don't know. For example, we have all heard the sayings, "It's not what you know but who you know that achieves success" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" but most of us still believe in the myth of individualism. We embrace this myth and go about our lives believing that it is solely up to us to achieve success---without depending on the help of others to get what we want. Yet, as hard as we try, we can't seem to get it done alone.
This new book explains that it's not just what you know (but that plus who you know) that determines your success in life. The book proves that the myth of individualism keeps us from using our personal and business networks to gain the resources we need to excel in life.
Through reading Dr. Baker's new book (based upon principles like the "small-world principle" and the "law of reciprocity"), I found out about things I didn't know existed and how to use them to improve my life. This new book could be as important to my personal development as the social and time management principles I learned about when reading Dr. Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" several years ago.