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 gave Seth another chance after the disappointing Tribes, but I couldn't drag myself to the end -- or even the middle -- of Linchpin. And that's rare for this avid consumer of 40-or-so Audible books a year. Classic case of an author who develops some good ideas in blogposts and then thinks they'll automatically translate to book form. Episodic, random, repetitive, and lacking cohesion and a little thing called evidence to support his controversial pronouncements. Seth needs a good editor, but I somehow suspect he feels he's arrived at the point where he doesn't have to listen to merely skillful "non-linchpins" anymore.
Since I had not heard much buzz about this relatively new release, I feared that Mr. Godin might have produced an unoriginal rehash of earlier ideas, as so many successful authors ultimately do on the way down.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this book challenged conventional wisdom about work and purpose, provoked fresh thought about today's economic reality, and ultimately reconfirmed Mr. Godin as a bold thinker beyond his marketing prowess.
I must admit that it drags at times and is reminiscent of Tom Peters (Brand You) at other times. All in all, the great nuggets of insight make it worth the time investment.
Awesome !!! I have listened to this recording seven or eight times already. Excellent for getting you fired up to go take on the world.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
An excellent book if you want to have true job security. If you wondered how you can stand out, how to be indispensable, then this book is a good listen.
Let me be clear, I'm biased. I'm a Seth Godin fan. But I've got to tell you - this is the best audiobook I've listened too. I literally could not stop listening. I tried to find excuses to keep listening - clean the house, do the laundry, iron a shirt...anything that was good to do while I could listen to my MP3. This book blew my mind - every time I thought the theme was just going to repeat he came up with new stuff. I've told at least 10 people about this book and will probably wind up buying a copy for my preacher and my boss at the very least. Nice work bald man.
Seth Godin always manages to find a new way to appreciate yourself,your staff and the people around you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their life.
Great book! Seth really made me think about bringing my authentic self, with all of that untapped innate creativity, to everything I do.
This is my first Seth Godin book. I plan to listen to this again, listen/read more of his stuff, and recommend Linchpin to my innovative friends. Check it out yourself.
Seth covers himself by predicting that bad reviews will be written by our "animal brain" we should be fighting against. I understand where he is coming from being super productive entrepreneur, but there is very little the people with other path could apply. The style is also very bitter and negative. Not a good one from otherwise strong list of Seth's books.
What made for factory efficiencies and for rooting out anything "different/unwelcome" - also swept the school system (also a "factory" by this time). So creativity, new ideas and innovation was suffocated by the system - preventing the development of people who later would be described as "lynch-pins" - unique, important and indispensable!
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