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Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas

26 Irrefutable Laws for Building Extraordinary Relationships

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Power Relationships by Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas is a guide to building strong, long-lasting relationships that benefit both parties. The authors provide practical insights into how to communicate effectively, build trust, and establish mutually beneficial partnerships.

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    Power relationships come from great conversations and being unafraid to ask.

    If you’ve ever watched an awards show, you may have thought about who you would thank if you were up at the podium accepting an award for your work. The average successful person will say they’ve had around twelve to fifteen vital relationships in their careers. We can call these power relationships.

    So how do you form them? Well, you can start by making sure you have great conversations.

    Bill Jenkins has come to learn the power of great conversation. In his career as a financial advisor, he was used to giving clients PowerPoint presentations. But then one day, Jenkins was approached by an assistant to one of his clients, and she told him that her boss actually enjoyed his informal talks with Jenkins more than anything else. She also told Jenkins that his competitors were getting pretty aggressive in trying to woo his client away, and it would probably be in Jenkins’s best interests to have fewer slides and more meaningful conversations.

    He took the advice and started having more conversations over lunch and coffee and, sure enough, he began to form a better idea of this client’s hopes and dreams than ever before. It not only led to him being in a better position to help his client – two years later, this client is one of the biggest revenue producers for Jenkins’s firm.

    This brings us to another important aspect of forming power relationships: never be afraid to ask a question.

    Years ago, one of the authors was helping to organize the annual Chamber of Commerce meeting in Alliance, Ohio. In an effort to raise the event’s profile, he came up with the idea of trying to book a legend of commerce, J.C. Penney, to be a guest speaker.

    At first, he asked the manager of the local JC Penney store to help connect him, but he refused. Determined, the author decided to call Mr. Penney directly, and just like that he was soon talking to the man, telling him how much he enjoyed reading his autobiography. He then explained how honored the town would be if he would speak at their meeting.

    Thanks to that initial heartfelt conversation, Mr. Penney not only accepted the offer but became his mentor and a lifelong friend.

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    What is Power Relationships about?

    Power Relationships (2013) takes a thorough look at the kind of transformative relationships that can come to define a career. These are the professional partnerships that enrich people’s lives and drive them to heights that may not have otherwise been possible. The authors show us how to establish, nurture and reap the rewards of power relationships. With this knowledge, you’ll attract more clients and sustain these connections for a lifetime of rewarding work.

    Power Relationships Review

    Power Relationships (2014) is a valuable resource for anyone looking to build strong connections and thrive in professional relationships. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies and proven techniques for cultivating meaningful relationships that can lead to career success.
    • Through compelling real-life stories and insightful examples, the book illustrates the power dynamics at play in different professional situations.
    • With its thought-provoking analysis of interpersonal dynamics and actionable advice, this book keeps readers engaged and motivated throughout.

    Best quote from Power Relationships

    Each time you refuse to compromise your integrity, it gets stronger and more resilient.

    —Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas
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    Who should read Power Relationships?

    • Professionals looking for stronger client relations
    • Anyone who’d like to expand their personal network
    • Career-minded people looking for a professional boost

    About the Author

    Andrew Sobel is among the world’s foremost experts on business relationships and building client loyalty. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker with decades of experience as a consultant to senior managers, as well as delivering executive education and coaching. His previous books include Power Questions (2012), All for One (2009) and Making Rain (2003).

    Jerold Panas is an executive partner at Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a leading firm in the fields of fundraising and financial resource development. He is also an acclaimed speaker and co-founder of the Institute for Charitable Giving. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books, including Asking (2002) and Mega Gifts (1984).


    © Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas: Power Relationships copyright 2014, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of Power Relationships is the importance of building and nurturing strong relationships to achieve wealth and success.

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    Power Relationships is worth reading for its valuable insights on building influential connections. It offers practical advice to navigate power dynamics effectively.

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    Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas are the authors of Power Relationships.

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