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Tribes Audiobook

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.
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Publisher's Summary

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It's our nature.

Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they're enabling countless new tribes to be born - groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

And so the key question: Who is going to lead us?

The Web can do amazing things, but it can't provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals - people just like you who have a passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips.

If you think leadership is for other people, think again - leaders come in surprising packages. Consider Joel Spolsky and his international tribe of scary-smart software engineers. Or Gary Vaynerhuck, a wine expert with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Chris Sharma leads a tribe of rock climbers up impossible cliff faces, while Mich Mathews, a VP at Microsoft, runs her internal tribe of marketers from her cube in Seattle. All they have in common is the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead.

If you ignore this opportunity, you risk turning into a "sheepwalker" - someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don't do very well these days.

Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers....It's not easy, but it's easier than you think.

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    Andy 11-11-15
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    "All opinion, little fact"

    While there were definitely some provocative ideas in this book, many of these ideas were overshadowed by the inundation of unfounded proposition after unfounded proposition. Throughout the book, he continued to idolize leaders and demonize managers. It is as though it never occurred to him that great leaders could also inspire great managers. Overall this book was overhyped. It was a lot of style very little substance. The book could have been made significantly better had he chosen to work with an economist or researcher who could have shown him how to support and develop his ideas more concretely.

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    Gare Washington, DC, USA 02-08-09
    Gare Washington, DC, USA 02-08-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Tribes make us special in our own minds..."

    Tribalism has evolved from the genetic, to the regional, to the religious, to the national...to the brand. A good book, but he should have hired a better narrator.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 12-18-09
    Deep Reader 12-18-09

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Okay Book"

    It's an okay leadership book. How to stand out from the crowd and whatnot.

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    Keron 10-30-09
    Keron 10-30-09
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    "very thought provoking"

    great work - interesting regardless of your area of expertise. I will definitely be listening to this several times.

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    Robin Olson Mayberry 05-30-09
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    "Seth! Seth! Seth! Seth!"

    If the world is formed of tribes, and if all tribes need a leader, then surely Seth Godin is the leader of leaders. This book is so fun, informative and easily digestible that when I got to the end, I immediately hit Play and started it again. Thanks to the ideas and concepts in this book, I've brushed off my blogs and my Facebook account, and I'm working harder than ever to bring my ideas into the world by gathering together those of like minds. Read this book and join the tribe!

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    Paul Frew Vancouver, BC 02-07-16
    Paul Frew Vancouver, BC 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful and generous. Excellent!!!"

    Wow, what an inspiring listen. This should be required listening for all corporate leaders and employees! Seth does a great job narrating...in fact, I couldn't imagine anyone else doing it. Seth is a legend.

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    SB 01-08-16
    SB 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not sure who would benefit from this book."
    What disappointed you about Tribes?

    I honestly do not know who the target audience is for this book. As an IT professional who has been out of school for a dozen years, this book was not only incorrect in most of its assumptions, but would be outright dangerous for a recent college graduate to absorb. The author makes these broad sweeping generalizations about how Any and All change is beneficial. You are a Leader if you don't listen to your boss or follow the process! (what??)

    I only made it two hours into the book, but he only gave one example where he himself led a successful 'tribe'. Unfortunately, he doesn't even consider the possibility that the idea behind his education software was something people wanted to work on. He just assumes Every single time you organize a tribe, you will get the same passion and fervor as he did. Or you simply didn't organize it correctly and you failed. I thought the book might have some redeeming qualities about how to get started organizing a group online, but instead his answer was literally "you already know how to do this", and said something about having Faith in yourself. Oh. Ok. Thanks?

    I was expecting to read a how-to book, but was presented with an adolescent self-help book. I do not recommend this book for anyone beyond high school. It is rather patronizing if you have any higher education.


    Has Tribes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


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    ImmortalxxxGaming 11-29-15
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    "eye opening"

    Simply a must read for management majors or anyone looking to be their own boss. very very good. I read this for an assignment for a class but ended up enjoying it greatly.

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    Zenica Saint Louis, MO, United States 10-05-15
    Zenica Saint Louis, MO, United States 10-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "You need someone to tell you what you know!"

    Some books are meant to be read rather than listened. The Tribes is one of them. To fully think of all the concepts offered by the book you have to stop and think, which at the times may not be the easiest option. I would recommend everyone to buy hard copy or at least kindle version rather than audio version of this book.

    With that being said, I would like to underline that the book does not offer any revolutionary ideas or concepts (at least for those who are around people quite a bit), but rather book forces reader/listener to re-think their approach to leadership and makes them reverse their stubborn ways, into more of a team oriented approach.

    Examples given in the book are great, and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone, specially younger people who are looking to make a difference.

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    Dino Watt 10-01-15
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    "powerful and useable information"

    listening to Seth was like being at a live event with him teaching. great information for everyone, no matter the profession.

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    "Rubbish"

    This book title leads people to believe it is about remote tribes that have never met the outside world & its modern day influences. The only thing this book has taught me is to thoroughly read the book description before wasting valuable credits on wasted material which both takes up money & wasted memory.
    Just beware people to read the total book description people so the same doesn't happen to you.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful

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