While there were definitely some provocative ideas in this book, many of these ideas were overshadowed by the inundation of unfounded proposition after unfounded proposition. Throughout the book, he continued to idolize leaders and demonize managers. It is as though it never occurred to him that great leaders could also inspire great managers. Overall this book was overhyped. It was a lot of style very little substance. The book could have been made significantly better had he chosen to work with an economist or researcher who could have shown him how to support and develop his ideas more concretely.
Tribalism has evolved from the genetic, to the regional, to the religious, to the national...to the brand. A good book, but he should have hired a better narrator.
If the world is formed of tribes, and if all tribes need a leader, then surely Seth Godin is the leader of leaders. This book is so fun, informative and easily digestible that when I got to the end, I immediately hit Play and started it again. Thanks to the ideas and concepts in this book, I've brushed off my blogs and my Facebook account, and I'm working harder than ever to bring my ideas into the world by gathering together those of like minds. Read this book and join the tribe!
I typically don't take the time to write reviews, but I truly despise people with the gall to rip off true innovators and pass it off as their own. In my opinion: "Tribes" is an un-original rip off of the business classic "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. "Good to Great" was an MBA staple back when I was in business school. Seth Godin should be ashamed. He seems to have taken the core principles from Good to Great and simply created silly new buzz words as his addition. There used to be a time when a persons unique work was respected rather than ripped off. Sad.
I would say overall this was great. But slamming organized religion I believe was not necessary. My religion helps me develop my faith in Christ that helps me overcome obstacles and encourages me to seek truth. I have found peace and happiness through it. The irony of Seth Godin's 'tribes' is that they ultimately do take the form of religion in a sense. If one were to found any old tribe and become obsessed over it would that not be there god and religion? Still overall a great read about leadership and making a change.
I spent an hour waiting for analysis or support to come along. None came. Its as if Seth was just some guy at the lunch table ranting about his idea on Tribes. Worst part is that instead of his ideas being engaging, they are repetitive and boring.
Irritating/Frustrating would be the best words to describe this book. The thesis makes sense, Seth Godin just doesn't defend or support the idea in depth. The delivery of the content does not help at all. It is as if Godin is trying to sell the listener on the ideas the whole time like the ideas are a used car. I would much prefer if Godin had laid out a logical, detailed idea. Instead, Tribes comes up lacking. This is the first book that I had to stop listening to because it was just so terrible.
It was like he was hard selling the content the entire time.
First book I have stopped listening to because it was so bad.
Enjoy this book then go and change the world. Don't let the bastards get you down! Thanks Seth, we really enjoy your vision.