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.
I absolutely loved it. I was hard to stop listening to it. Godin spoke with truth and gave great examples and analogies. This book was easy to follow and a great re read and recommendation to others. This title is a must read/re read.
love when the author narrates their own book, so much more genuine!
I've read a lot of seth godin, and this one on particular is one I well have to listen to more than once, every chapter has so many nuggets to apply to your life.
This is a well narrated book which challenges us to think about where we fit in the work of our society, how we can make ourselves valuable and stay so in changing times
"Seth is an inspiration"
I highly recommend this book and have already recommended it to a friend.
incredibly eye opening and amazing to read. will definitely read again. really changes the way you see the world.
"Seth Godin Reminds Us That We Can Be Geniuses"
A must read for anyone who feels they are one of the indispensable linchpins of an organisation.
This book reminds us, the factory workers, that our genius has been dampened, but that it can be found again.
"Useless, obvious and sometimes downright offensive"
I got this book as Seth Godin keeps cropping up as the biggest name when it comes to self-directed and new-age work. I was terribly disappointed. His writing is long winded, but not in the old style of scholars who take their time to make their point well, but by the new-age self-styled gurus who waddle on for page after page in an unstructured and meandering way. OK, so that is enough criticism for the structure, which is terrible.
Now for my real problem with this book: Seth Godin makes the big mistake of taking his ideas, which he thinks are great, and makes mental leaps involving making these ideas general advice without any scientific research.
Finally, his ideas around how formal education is harmful is utter BS. This book isn't just useless; it is harmful.
My all time favourite Seth Godin book. The book that inspired me to leave the practice of law.
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