There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.
Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.
As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”
©2010 Seth Godin (P)2010 Random House
This book is fantastic at outlining WHAT needs to be done in order to be a Linchpin. However, it does not tell you HOW. That is why there are some reviewers who will not like this book. Seth even addresses this type of thinking in this book by stating the fact that a map for implementation/leadership does not exist because if it did, then anyone could do it and it would cease to be a true work of art. A Linchpin is able to see WHAT needs to be done and makes their own map as to HOW to get it done and shipped.
If you want a step-by-step book of what it takes to be incredible, this is not your book and I would be highly suspect of any book that claims that it can contain a template for original creative greatness.
This audio book is brilliant, highly recommended to everyone, especially those of you that were hit hard by the recent economic depression.
Definitely getting the author's other books.
book highlights why we just have a J-O-B and how to turn yourself into an artist, that is indispensable in the marketplace.
Highly recommend it.
Godin tells it like it is and in a way that is so completely obvious that you wish you had thought of it. Of course, that's his genius, too. Great author, great book.
Heard great things about Godin, but I think I should have started with an earlier book. This is a very silly, sophomoric rant chock full of Terminator 2 language like "The Resistance" used ad nauseam. The author spends an exhaustive amount of time talking about "creating art," and yet, at the end of the book, the term "art" is still left just as ambiguous as words like "success" or "happiness." Fun to talk about (cue the violins) but ultimately, not at all actionable. Godin suggests that people should fight against "The Resistance" by not using bullet point in their power point presentations and by not answering emails. These are the non-conformist dreams of a high school student convinced he's going to wear torn jeans and run the world. If you want to be indispensable, what you need to do is outperform everyone around you. Period. No book needed. And you had better be able to answer emails and had better be able to use bullets in your Power Points. It's not romantic, fun or as ambiguous as creating "art," but that's how stuff gets done. Renegades have and will continue to shape business, sure, but they first understood it. They knew the rules before they broke them. And first and foremost they had SKILLS. Today's cookie cutter workforce is only possible because people lack real skills. They have B.S degrees that are totally worthless in practical application. They can't chop wood or weld iron or write well or paint. So they come to an office and answer phones or go to a factory and gut chickens. Or they manage a Starbucks for the heath benefits. This is only sad if you assume that people HATE those jobs, and that's not an assumption you can make. Millions of people are happy as clams to put parts on a conveyor belt, thrilled to bits to sort mail, and totally content getting told what to do (you'll find, most people thrive with strong authority).
A must read, ehhh listen to :-)
The only issue is: You have to overcome the lizard and act as a Linchpin!
But well, what are you waiting for? There's nothin' to lose! Except (in the worst case) a boring life :-)
After listening to this book nearly twice already, I still don't know what in the world he's talking about. I would suggest that anyone wanting to read this get to know Seth Godin first. Read up on him and find out more about him and where's he's coming from. I would also read a couple of his other books as well. I'm sure once I put this book into some context it will start making sense. I really wanted to like this book after it was recommended by Dave Ramsey. I've listened to nearly all of Dave's recommended books and never been disappointed before. I'll listen to this a third time and maybe it will sink in then.
I Loved this book. Must say he was preaching to the converted but if your a linchpin it is good to brush up on your Linchpining skills.
If your looking for step-by-step instructions read another book. It is more of a concept and innovative thinking is not a like a baking recipe.
I was surprised to see the polar opposition of the reviews which tells me like Muhammad Ali in his prime "some loved him, some hated him but everyone watched him" Al Davis (paraphrasing) Everyone should read it and make there own critical assessment.
I say it is worth a credit or purchase.
This book has been transformational in me pursuing a business idea that I've had for a while now. I can say without a shadow of doubt that Mr. Godin speaks a truth to what holds people back. There are no maps, no plans, no instructions to achieving and becoming something you've dreamed of or wanted to do but wouldn't. Notice I didn't say "couldn't", because that's ability not permission....you aren't giving yourself permission to achieve, to be something you've dreamed of.
I've listened to this book once and enjoyed it and then moved on to another book of his, Tribes. Now I am listening to it again because it's that good and will probably listen to it a third or fourth time. And, I'm even going to buy it for my sister.
What else should I say about this book?! Well, for starters it plays a positive role model in my life. Mr. Godin reads the book himself and the inflection, tone, and conviction with which he speaks leads me to believe that he is passionate about what he wrote and that he cares. Listening to him read makes me feel good because it offers sound advice which should have been given to me years ago.
Thank you for wonderful hours of listening. Thank you writing something which has touched me and that I'm sure has touched so many others.
Some stuff that's not easy to digest without ego or "the resistance" getting in the way, but well worth trying to truly listen to this and make changes in life.
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