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Linchpin Audiobook

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

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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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    Andres Rozo E. Miami, FL, US 03-12-16
    Andres Rozo E. Miami, FL, US 03-12-16 Member Since 2015

    I started reading at 35 thanks to Audio Books!

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    "leader, ceo, boss, teacher, pioneer, indigo, You gotta read this!! and the rest of you too :)"

    This book jumped to my favorite book rack in a single page, It is amazing! Thank you Seth

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    Randy Peterson 03-05-16
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    "are YOU a linchpin?"

    I have listened to this a few times now and recommended it to several friends. if you aren't a linchpin, figure out why not and become one.

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    Amazon Shopper 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gives me the courage to do my job"
    If you could sum up Linchpin in three words, what would they be?

    EMPOWERING. FREEING.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened to half of this before the first day on a new, challenging, open-ended job and it has given me the courage and guts to do what needs to be done. I don't know how things would have gone if Seth hadn't been there encouraging me through the inevitable self-doubt that I see in myself, in new hires in so many roles, in friends with their jobs, and in even the most experienced employees or managers. Now a few months in to my job, I'm picking it up again and listening every few days on my commute to remember who and what I need to be to make a difference. THE BEST BUSINESS BOOK EVER WRITTEN, PERIOD. Reminds me of what I love about my job and that I don't need to be perfect to be good enough and make great things happen.


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    Ken Wells Alpharetta, GA 30009 02-18-16
    Ken Wells Alpharetta, GA 30009 02-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great book with a bunch af shit mixed in"

    After Seth has written probably a hundred books, it's time for him to let an editor trim out the repetitious pontifications and ambiguity when setting the stage for a sarcastic failure story, or a clear declaration with insight and inspiration.

    This is a great book. But it's time to rewrite this one for the audience and the large number of this book sold. Seth is no doubt a master at shipping. But even the masters will go back and tidy up work that gets lots of attention.

    Seth is best in small doses.

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    Phil James DES MOINES, IA, US 02-14-16
    Phil James DES MOINES, IA, US 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I think this book has changed my life"

    Seth has given me a perspective that I absolutely needed to hear at this point in my life. Well done.

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    TriftenX Pittsburgh, PA 02-04-16
    TriftenX Pittsburgh, PA 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "More than a single listen."

    I really enjoyed this book. But because of the book, I will definitely give it a second listen.

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    Amazon Customer 02-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "best book I've listen to in a very long time."

    I'm sure that I'll listen to this several more times. There is a lot in this one book and it is Art. That's the first time I've thought that about a book.

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    W. Neilson Australia 01-08-16
    W. Neilson Australia 01-08-16

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    "A book of filler "

    This book is kind of filler that pulls from other books' ideas and synthesizes them. It's like the war of art by Pressfield but more long winded

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    -- 12-28-15
    -- 12-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst book I've ever read"

    If I didn't have to read this book for class I would not have finished it. This was one of the most in your face, "you suck and can only get better if you do this" books. The author is very condescending. I'll never read another of his books.

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    Brendan O'Brien 12-23-15
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    "Doesn't leave much to the imagination"

    The book was not a waste of time. There are solid lessons in here for people like me: early in their career, want to work hard, be genuinely liked, and advance for the right reasons. But Godin spent so much time repeating himself... For every chapter of thought-provoking content, there were two chapters spent on really making sure the reader/listener understands the importance of the subject. The problem is when you highlight everything, nothing is highlighted. Listened to the entire thing in a weekend. would recommend this in smaller chunks, for a commute probably, so the content doesn't seem as repetitive.

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