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
First cool experience, the distinction between Job and Work. Second, was the Call to Action - "Ship It!"
This was my first book
Sure. He did by referencing real people in our communities.
No extreme reaction. This book was not catered to self emotion but rather self awareness.
Yes, I attempted to read the book but found myself stopping and taking action dairying about events the book reminded me of. Not a bad thing, but I did not finish the book before it had to be returned to the library. As an audiobook I placed so many book marks. I listened once through and now am excited to read it again stopping to journal at the marks I have already made.
Another amazing notion from Mr. Godin.
At times I felt beaten down at work based on his comments.
I can listen to it over and over
Any book Seth Godin wirtes. They are all so powerful - Seth does not waste a word.
His emotion, his tone and his voice
Know your lizard brain.
If anyone reading this does not know about Lizard Brain.If they wonder why they are falling short of their goals despite wanting them badly?Or, so they think.You have to get this book
It was direct and didn't pull any punches. Seth is a great narrator as well as thinker and writer.
None, because none that I have read so far have connected the primal with the modern so consicely. Nothing older is aware of our present situation. Most contemporaries have not simplified and focused on what is really at play to the core like Godin has done so brilliantly. It is SO simple...it can easily fly right past you if you don't watch for it. Even when you do...it's nearly Zen in that nothing was gained...but nothing was lost. Its more like looking into a mirror. Or the parable of the content of the cave. What is in there? Only what you take with you. This non linear thought process is common with artists of all types, but is exactly what frustrates the non-initiated. Notice I do not say non artist, because I truly believe that in our core, we are all artist. Some just do a great job of never letting that artist play.You can tell who those are by how much they scream in their negative reviews. The higher the volume, the more deeply rooted it is with them. And they obviously care, because they took the time to post their review here for all to see. They want the attention. They want to be helped. They know it, but they may never admit as much.
Not really that kind of book.
Not really that kind of book.
Those that give this book a single star are OBVIOUSLY not the lynchpins in their organization or else they would get it. They are also sorely missing out and haven't addressed their art. It is painfully sad to see them lash out instead of trying to be more open.You can't get a message you are not tuning into to receive. But if you are..and have made the bold steps to bring out your art...you actually already know all this. But it's comforting just the same to see it diagrammed out like this in total clarity.
Doesn’t the summary sound good? I want to be a Linchpin, who wouldn’t want to be a Linchpin as described above?
But I don’t think I got a whole lot out of the book. I remember thinking more about how much was left to listen too than about what was being said. I agree with a lot of what is said in the book, but the way it is being said left me bored and inattentive.
Interested in keeping it interesting, leadership, theology and business.
I have 42k miles of windshield time per year so I am biased towards audio books. However, since it is Seth talking, he keeps it moving and uses the intended inflection.
Other than making notes on the pages, I personally don't see any advantage to the print version for this particular book as there is only one, maybe two, simple illustrations that he has to explain in the audio, but it's easy to get a mental picture.
Seth is the man! This is a must read
The damon, lizard brain, and true self. All worth the price of admission.
Seth makes it clear that the Industrial Age is over along with the concept of the legacy employee. He points out how very rare it is to find a well paying job with benefits and a pension and goes as far as to say "There are no good jobs like this anymore."
We are (according to Seth) in the beginning a new age that is being fueled by the internet and a gift economy.
I'm not going to give away the concept, just know he lays it out well and it will probably cause you to rearrange some things inside your dome.
I like that I felt like he was explaining something to me rather than reading to me.
Seriously, my favorite of the 11 audiobooks that I have downloaded.
Seth is already, hands down, my favorite blogger and for those who don't know him, Seth is a super smart dude.
In this book he makes a compelling case for us to do our best work and give gifts to those we work with. This (according to Seth) is how we can be indispensable/highly valued in our particular line of work.
He says showing up on time and following the rules just doesn't cut it like it used to.
Seth normally talks about managing, business, and marketing but this book is more geared towards an owner as well as an employee or entrepreneur.
Seth Godin has crazy insight on all things business and has taught me much.
I am a middle aged male who thinks radio is bubble gum for the brain, so I listen to books in the car. At least one a month.
If it would get to the point and help you to see the path to becoming a Linchpin would help. It talks in general observations about the world and repeats itself.
He beat around the message and never really gives it to you.
Get a pro to read it.
Could be so much better and so much shorter.
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