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
I will continue to seek Seth Godin's work, but be more careful to the content proposed.
I'm a big fan of Seth Godin, but I have to warn you that this book is NOT about marketing as we are used to by him. It is more about the 9-5 shift worker who would like to be noticed at work.
Now that you know that, this book might still be for you.
Also know that I have not finished the book so maybe there's more to it.
This is an excellent book. I have read many other reviews stating that the book does not tell you how to be a 'linchpin' - however, that is the point of the book. It explains clearly why and what a linchpin is - it is up to the reader to use their creative mind to interpret what it means to them. Being told how to be a 'linchpin' defeats exactly what the point of the book is - self creativity.
The book is inspiring and makes me feel a whole lot better about what can be achieved. I have a corporate job with limited room for creativity within the role; however after reading this book, I now see how I can be creative outside my role and become indispensable within this organisation or the next.
At times it can be detailed, which can be challenging to stay focused – it would have been made easier should the story flow a little easier. However don’t let this deter you from buying this book.
Linchpin was a good book. For me it seems to be a good mix between a business strategy book, a positive psychology book, and a self-help book. I rank this highly as a book that can remind us of where and how to find our place in society and give value to our community and loved ones. Although, like many other reviewers have noted, it doesn't tell us exactly how to be a linchpin, it does provide a useful compass for which direction to go to become one.
In today's rat-race, we definitely need to be reminded about how we can find value in what we do, and how and why we should be doing things we love and that are valuable to others. It's just too easy to get complacent or lose focus, even though there are so many people out there competing for the same things you want and may be working harder or smarter to get it.
Thank you, Seth Godin, for reminding us that know matter what we do we can bring art, creativity, passion and love to our work. It's not just about being indispensable for someone else; it's about being indispensable for ourselves. I finished the book feeling like I became a better human being just for listening.
This book is like a series of greeting cards, all with the same message - "Don't be a mediocre rule follower, be an artist, be extraordinary." There's very little evidence to support the idea that one can simply decide to be extraordinary and pull it off. No biographical stories. Nothing. Just greeting card platitudes.
A great book that challenges conventional wisdom. A must-read for anyone who feels like they have reached a dead end in their career or life in general.
This book is not for everyone and in a way that’s what Seth is getting at. Not everyone will like a piece of artwork, not everyone will “get it” but that shouldn’t stop you from creating great art. He uses the word “art’ to mean everything you can’t write an instruction manual. It’s about seeking to be great at whatever you do (oversimplification) so in that sense this book can be for everyone. It is helpful to understand his style beforehand. Read his blog first. Don’t expect a “how to” manual from this book because you will be disappointed. A big thesis of the book is that if you want to stand out you need to stop following “how to” manuals for creating art as he defines it.
If you like Seth’s other stuff you will probably like this. If you love Seth’s other stuff then you defiantly won’t be disappointed.
This book pumps you up. It comes at you in a preaching/ pleading tone that is enjoyable in parts but also felt long due to the repetition. One of the concepts I liked was not looking for a road map to become exceptional. While I am not sure there was anything new in this book it does make you feel like you can and should make a difference wherever you are.
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