Tribes is the kind of book that seems good at first. Seth Godin provides a great concept and a few examples right away which bring you lots of value. But then, the book really just starts to drag on after that. The remaining 2/3 of the book is Godin telling you the exact same thing, over and over. This book would have been better as a long-form blog post. The concept is good, but once it's laid out, there's nothing left but filler.
It is really difficult to concentrate on a book. Just this repetetiveness of the word "huge" without an "h" ... the way he reads it with so much "pointing out" and exclamations everywhere. They need to hire a proper narrator. He gives too much of his heart into it.
As for the subject. It seams so "old news" and would be enouf to post it in his blog or write an article. And so many names were used just for the sake of using them, without actually getting somewhere.
This is a kind of a book you'll drop in the middle and will not give a @#$ about what is he going to tell next.
Around half-way into the book it started to dawn on me that this wasn't really my thing. I could see how "Tribes" would be a very useful book for someone in management, or someone who wants to lead a group of people, or organize any sort of activity which
requires the collaboration between a number of individuals.
But then again, that's not me, and I dread the idea of having people under my responsibility, so I pretty much dragged on with the book hoping to find some insights into different topics, or perhaps I just wanted to learn more about the people who are above me in the chain of command.
Either way, the experience of listening to this book felt... unnecessary. To me that is. I want to emphasize that. I felt inside a leadership-seminar I attended by accident; a conversation with a highly energetic friend who is telling me all his tips to get "shit done"; listening to a course by an expert in a topic I barely think about (or care about I must admit). You get my drift.
So perhaps the best recommendation I could do about this audiobook is for you to read some reviews and try to decide whether or not you're invested in the topic of people-management. If you are, then I can recommend this to you. If you're not, then I would recommend other titles in the audible library.
I almost didn't buy it because of the bad reviews, but after having listened to it, I am glad I did. There might not be a lot of new stuff for you in it if you already read other books from Seth, but if this is your first book about "tribes", it is well worth listening to. Seth has a very sharp eye for connecting dots and can explain them in a way that can shift your thinking. If you want to know how to create your own 'tribe" of followers, this is a good primer on the subject.
I wouldn't recommend. Seth has a few good ideas but stretches it out to four hours by re-iterating and giving a series of examples that most people already know. Condensed, it might have made a good TED talk but wasn't deep enough for an audiobook.
Motivating and relevant
Leaders don't ask for permission.
Leaders don't ask for permission, they ask for forgiveness.
Leaders don't ask for permission.
I generally enjoy Seth Godin's work - but I found this one a bit dry and repetitive. Worth the listen if you are not familiar with the idea of tribes, but I was, so didn't learn much new.
I would recommend this if the listener is not familiar with Seth Godin's ideas on tribes.
He is a great speaker and interesting to listen to.
This book, like all the Seth Godin I have read, heard and watched, delivers a clear and concise message to all who listen: Be a Leader - or at least give it your best shot, because we are in desperate need of true leaders.
Godin's "Here Comes Everybody" in which he clearly explains the sea change in society that not only allows, but supports grass roots efforts to a degree never before possible.
I felt he was not so much reading, but speaking directly to me. It was personal.
Godin's analysis goes beyond "we must utilise the internet or be left behind." He gives insightful analysis and makes a compelling argument for a new sort of leadership.
This new sort of leadership is not rocket science, but is accessible to any who will take the plunge.
Tribes have always existed but are now a global and omnipresent reality that anyone who has a message they want to get out there must contend with. The world is not a single blob of people - ie. the market, or the population. The blob is actually a network of interconnected tribes - tribes with specific characteristics, needs, and potential. To influence today, you must realise this and find the tribe you will lead. Your message doesn't have to reach the whole world, but it should reach someone. Chances are it will be heard by, spread among, and be further propogated by a tribe.
Read it or listen to it. There is a lot to think about.
on a quest to read Audible's entire nonfiction science section...
I'd been hearing about Seth Godin for a long time and I did enjoy this book but I think it might be better suited for print than audio. It's divided up into short essays about various topics related to leadership and the changing cultural/business landscape. Since he seems to be reading a section/chapter heading about every minute or so, nothing really sank in for me. This is not a comment about the quality of his thinking but I think this might be the perfect book to keep atop the toilet tank; read a tiny bit and then ruminate on it for some time. There's inspiration to be found here for sure but, for me at least, I ended this one feeling like a promise hadn't been kept somehow.