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Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    2 of 3 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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    Dawn 09-24-16
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    "water Manifesto!"

    this book is short, powerful insightful and saving and exciting. I must read and reread!

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    "Desire to be a leader not included"

    A great book for people who are dedicated leaders reaching in times of doubt. Good true assessment of fear blocking leadership. Loose examples without detail of how work is accomplished.

    Refers to book as a program in the recording, which is sloppy, intended to avoid the word book, but is disappointing since it is more of a book than a program in any sense.

    Quick read. No practical implementation advice. Basically leadership is needed for the movement, but hard, just struggle through it.

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    Sara 09-13-16
    Sara 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    I love this book! There are very little that I would update or change. Every chapter was loaded with great insigh. If you are ready to lead this book is for you!

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    Gary W. Parker Chesapeake, VA, US 09-07-16
    Gary W. Parker Chesapeake, VA, US 09-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Another great book by seth."

    This is the third audio book of Seth's that I have listened to in the past 3 weeks. The guy is a great author, extremely intelligent, and a great motivator. The 3 books have made me rethink my career choice. I have been recommending him to everyone.

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    "You need to read this book"

    You need to read this book. Trust me. Seth has earned your attention with this book.

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    "I'll follow this book...mostly"

    I good insight into leadership. Very ambitious yet simple. I mostly agree with the guys philosophy over ideals & innovation, however at times it can be a 'one size fits all' and no plan B approach.
    Overall the passion and enthusiasm of the author is the books greatest strength. I took a lot from his examples but will not take away everything as gospel.

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    "Only you are holding yourself back"

    A little repetitive perhaps but a good book nonetheless. The core message is that progress is made by heretics and that you can be a leader of change.

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    "An Excellent Book. A Must Read!"

    Bought this audio book which was recommended to me by Tai Lopez. Listened to it straight away and will be listening to it again to take some serious notes!

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to be a leader of men and build a tribe...

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  • Alastair Irvine
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    "Inspiring"

    Truly motivational stuff from Seth, the worst bit is that I now have to decide whether I am going to be a Leader or not.

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  • David
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    "Makes you Think! Makes you Do!"

    Could make you feel guilty that you've not taken the decision to lead a tribe earlier!! Make the decision now. David

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  • G. Swann
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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.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful

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