Rick Smith is the founding CEO of World50, cited as one of the world’s most influential senior executive networking companies. He is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, which has been sold into 13 languages and remains one of the top-selling professional career books of all time. His new release, The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great hit shelves in September 2009.
Rick is a leading commentator on careers and professional and personal success, he has been featured by more that 50 media outlets. Rick’s message offers a fascinating and compelling framework for individuals to frantically accelerate their impact in the workplace, unlock dormant potential and achieve great things for themselves and their employers.
Smith, himself, turned an ordinary career into an extraordinary one. A once struggling executive recruiter, he momentarily broke out of the pack with a successful book only to be fired in the aftermath. And that’s when the journey of discovery began. Smith revived an idea he had had several years earlier for top-level peer-to-peer exchange groups. The initial reaction was frigid, but eventually one key executive signed on, then another, and another. Soon, Rick was riding other’s enthusiasm and World50, one of the world’s largest, most successful professional networking organizations, was born.