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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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.
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.
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!
This is a recording I will listen to over and over again. I also had to buy the book. Inspirational and thought provoking. Reminds me of a quote from John Lewis - If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
I typically don't take the time to write reviews, but I truly despise people with the gall to rip off true innovators and pass it off as their own. In my opinion: "Tribes" is an un-original rip off of the business classic "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. "Good to Great" was an MBA staple back when I was in business school. Seth Godin should be ashamed. He seems to have taken the core principles from Good to Great and simply created silly new buzz words as his addition. There used to be a time when a persons unique work was respected rather than ripped off. Sad.
I would say overall this was great. But slamming organized religion I believe was not necessary. My religion helps me develop my faith in Christ that helps me overcome obstacles and encourages me to seek truth. I have found peace and happiness through it. The irony of Seth Godin's 'tribes' is that they ultimately do take the form of religion in a sense. If one were to found any old tribe and become obsessed over it would that not be there god and religion? Still overall a great read about leadership and making a change.
"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...
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.
"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
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.
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