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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? | [Seth Godin]

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

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.
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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

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    Bill Green 11-28-11
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    "It gets better"

    Lots of good information, though some of it, like the concept of resistance, are "borrowed" from other authors. Most notably Steven Pressfield. The first part of the book is a little tough to get through, but he brings it all together in the second half. Well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Albuquerque, NM 09-01-11
    John Albuquerque, NM 09-01-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Maybe you missed the point..."

    For those reviewers who found this book unsatisfying, I suspect they missed the point. This is easily Seth Godin's most important and insightful book since "Purple Cow". The point is, you are unique and capable of so much more than you have been sold to believe; you are ro can be a "Linchpin". This book/audiobook helped me make it through the most difficult year of my professional life. Saying that this book is "Inspiring" doesn't do it justice. Listen to it, accept the reality that Seth shares, and take control of your life.

    Also, if you're familuar with Seth's previous audiobooks, this is easily his best performance. I love them all, but his audiobook performance has come a long way from "Purple Cow".

    Thank you Seth Godin...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmed Pretoria, South Africa 03-18-10
    Ahmed Pretoria, South Africa 03-18-10
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    "Simply Brilliant!"

    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.

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    Heritage Lebanon, OH, USA 03-03-10
    Heritage Lebanon, OH, USA 03-03-10
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    "Highly recommend"

    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.

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    Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States 02-26-10
    Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States 02-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Book"

    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.

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    jhlem Humble, TX 02-25-10
    jhlem Humble, TX 02-25-10 Member Since 2013
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    "What?"

    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.

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    Sascha Schmunk Munich 02-08-10
    Sascha Schmunk Munich 02-08-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Love it!"

    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 :-)


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    Shauna 04-11-15
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    "Awesome book!"

    This book will be life changing for anyone looking to break out of the rut they've been in. It's moving me to ship my art as I write this.

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    Patrick 04-07-15
    Patrick 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thank you. Lost sparks were rekindled."

    It was comforting having personal ideas and insights rephrased in a way that now I understand myself better.

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    John Wilmington, DE, United States 04-02-15
    John Wilmington, DE, United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    Beyond Awesome. Seth all I can say I you have really nailed it here. Thanks Brad H, for the intro

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