What's the most valuable asset you or your business possesses? Is it your physical resources? Your intellectual properties? Your workforce? Your skills and knowledge?
All are important aspects of business success. But you can't get the most advantage from any one of them if you don't make the right strategic investments in your relationships. Relationship Economics takes a unique and strategic view of business relationships as a platform for long-term business growth and success. This goes far beyond simplistic "networking" or the exchange of business cards. Thinking strategically about business relationships is a proven way to move your business or career forward.
Based on interviews with more than 1,000 managers, directors, and executives from a wide range of companies, Relationship Economics reveals that success comes from investing in people for extraordinary returns. It introduces new concepts in relationship management, including the exchange of Relationship Currency, the accumulation of Reputation Capital, and the building of Professional Net Worth. These are the fundamental qualities and measures of busi-ness relationships, and once you understand them, you'll be able to turn your contacts into better execution, performance, and results.
Many of us are so busy we forget to take the time to build and nurture the key relationships that lead to long-term success. Relationship Economics turns business relationships into quantifiable variables based on proven concepts from the fields of business development and process optimization. You'll learn to develop the three major types of relationshipspersonal, functional, and strategicand how to gain the most opportunity and value from each.
Relationship Economics isn't about taking advantage of friends or coworkers to get ahead. It's about building and maximizing relationships for a better career and a better life. In business and in life, nothing is more important than the company you keep. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
"If a man is judged by the company he keeps, David Nour's Relationship Economics provides a systematic approach to building value in that judgment. The concepts reach well beyond networking to building lasting and productive relationships."
Dennis Sadlowski, President and CEO, Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc.
"Relationship Economics is so much more than networkingit's a systematic approach to building and nurturing relationships to get things done."
William L. Koleszar, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Citizens Financial Group/ Royal Bank of Scotland
"Social capital is essential for success, and Relationship Economics provides an approach to enhancing its value."
Terry C. Blum, Director, Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Georgia Tech College of Management
"In the airline industryor any industry for that matterstrategic relationships are instrumental to your success to drive profitable, long-term growth. David Nour has captured that essence in Relationship Economics."
Randy Martinez, Col. USAF (Ret.) and former CEO, World Air Holdings, Inc.
"In Relationship Economics, David Nour highlights very timely concepts and successfully points out that with today's technology and global knowledge, we are able to formulate personal, functional, and strategic relationships essential to our success."
Peter M. Sontag, Chairman, Orthopedic Development Corporation
"Forget cold calling. It's still about who you know, and Relationship Economics paves the fastest and most disciplined process for building a world-class portfolio of quantifiable and strategic business relationships."
Greg Alexander, CEO, Sales Benchmark Index, and author of Making the Number and coauthor of Topgrading for Sales
"The Relationship Economics principles are critical to business, cultural, and diplomatic success. Look at any successful businesspersonthey have done an outstanding job of managing their relationships, consistently over a long period of time."
Ken Stewart, Commissioner Economic Development, State of Georgia
"A fantastic read. Constantly weaving great ideas with practical applications. You'll never look at business relationships the same way again."
Rick Frishman, founder, Planned Television Arts, and Publisher, Morgan James Publishing --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
This is one of those rare business books that I found myself reading from cover to cover in one sitting.
Any business person reading this book should be able to improve their networking skills and obtain more referrals by understand the dynamics of building relationships.
He shows how relationships help you to make better decisions, to be more innovative, and to accomplish more.
This is an excellent book for understand the "why" of successful and also unsuccessful networking. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Donald Meincke
David Nour is a well-respected speaker and author and in Relationship Economics he has put together in a very straight forward fashion groundbreaking information on the value of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Smith
After following the masses during my job search over the past year, trudging through online job posts and overly crowded job fairs, it was a professional workshop with Mr. Read morePublished on September 21, 2009 by J. Petroski
"One thing I have learned as a Project Manager and Entreprenuer is that I CANNOT do it all on MY OWN! Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by Jennifer Bridges, PMP
This is an interesting read on why relationships are crucial to our success in life and explains why and how we should all build relationships continuously. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by David M. Taylor