Book Category: Leadership, Business,

Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail (book summary)

Author: Keith Ferrazzi
Life Changing Principles
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pros: Healthy business mindset, inspiring
cons: Not applicable for all personality types
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Who’s Got Your Back outlines the importance of relationships in business and gives the reader an outline for developing one’s own “board of advisors” and fostering lifeline relationships.


  • Developing friendships at work make employees seven times more likely to be engaged in their jobs and employee satisfaction increases by 50 percent.
  • Harvard Business Review: Deep social bonds were the major predictor of team success.
  • In today’s culture, we’ve overemphasized the individual at the expense of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Four core mindsets: Generosity, Vulnerability, Candor, Accountability


  • Make a point to practice candor when the moment presents itself.
  • Create your own Personal Success Wheel
  • Ask for feedback from supervisors and coworkers
  • Create your own Board of Advisors


“Behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you will find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors, and colleagues.”

“Success is the ability to create the results in life we truly seek and not, say, just the amount of money you make. People who have a clear picture of what makes them tick, who know their true inner motivations and priorities, simply don’t get in their own way. They can focus with energetic intention on their goals. It’s what allows ordinary people to live extraordinary lives.”

“He wasn’t implying I was weak. Just human. That I had strengths I wasn’t utilizing and behaviors I had to address.”

“Many people make the mistake of seeing life through the lens of scarcity, as a zero-sum game, rather than through the lens of abundance, as an opportunity to make the pie bigger.”

“…a crucial element of generosity– giving others the satisfaction of helping us.”

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

“Opening yourself up to feedback is also relatively risk free.  Because whatever our co-workers are thinking about, they’ll be thinking it anyway!”

“Part of the reason we don’t want to hear the truth is that we have a fear that it will metastasize through our our entire being. So if I’m wrong about this one thing, I could be wrong about everything! In fact, every person is wrong about some things and right about others. Every person is very good at some things and not so good at others. Once we accept that our shortcomings do not negate our merits, we can compartmentalize criticism and not let it overwhelm us.”