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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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!
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.
great work - interesting regardless of your area of expertise. I will definitely be listening to this several times.
It is really difficult to concentrate on a book. Just this repetetiveness of the word "huge" without an "h" ... the way he reads it with so much "pointing out" and exclamations everywhere. They need to hire a proper narrator. He gives too much of his heart into it.
As for the subject. It seams so "old news" and would be enouf to post it in his blog or write an article. And so many names were used just for the sake of using them, without actually getting somewhere.
This is a kind of a book you'll drop in the middle and will not give a @#$ about what is he going to tell next.
Around half-way into the book it started to dawn on me that this wasn't really my thing. I could see how "Tribes" would be a very useful book for someone in management, or someone who wants to lead a group of people, or organize any sort of activity which
requires the collaboration between a number of individuals.
But then again, that's not me, and I dread the idea of having people under my responsibility, so I pretty much dragged on with the book hoping to find some insights into different topics, or perhaps I just wanted to learn more about the people who are above me in the chain of command.
Either way, the experience of listening to this book felt... unnecessary. To me that is. I want to emphasize that. I felt inside a leadership-seminar I attended by accident; a conversation with a highly energetic friend who is telling me all his tips to get "shit done"; listening to a course by an expert in a topic I barely think about (or care about I must admit). You get my drift.
So perhaps the best recommendation I could do about this audiobook is for you to read some reviews and try to decide whether or not you're invested in the topic of people-management. If you are, then I can recommend this to you. If you're not, then I would recommend other titles in the audible library.
I almost didn't buy it because of the bad reviews, but after having listened to it, I am glad I did. There might not be a lot of new stuff for you in it if you already read other books from Seth, but if this is your first book about "tribes", it is well worth listening to. Seth has a very sharp eye for connecting dots and can explain them in a way that can shift your thinking. If you want to know how to create your own 'tribe" of followers, this is a good primer on the subject.
I wouldn't recommend. Seth has a few good ideas but stretches it out to four hours by re-iterating and giving a series of examples that most people already know. Condensed, it might have made a good TED talk but wasn't deep enough for an audiobook.
Motivating and relevant
Leaders don't ask for permission.
Leaders don't ask for permission, they ask for forgiveness.
Leaders don't ask for permission.
I generally enjoy Seth Godin's work - but I found this one a bit dry and repetitive. Worth the listen if you are not familiar with the idea of tribes, but I was, so didn't learn much new.
I would recommend this if the listener is not familiar with Seth Godin's ideas on tribes.
He is a great speaker and interesting to listen to.
This book, like all the Seth Godin I have read, heard and watched, delivers a clear and concise message to all who listen: Be a Leader - or at least give it your best shot, because we are in desperate need of true leaders.
Godin's "Here Comes Everybody" in which he clearly explains the sea change in society that not only allows, but supports grass roots efforts to a degree never before possible.
I felt he was not so much reading, but speaking directly to me. It was personal.
Godin makes it very clear what won't work, what will, and distils the necessity of leading.
I'd recommend his blog first if you're not convinced enough to buy. And if you're not convinced because you think it's not long enough (value for money), consider it like a single malt whisky. It'll age well, it's not dilute, and it's invaluable.
Don't expect a list of tips and tricks.
"When the student is ready..."
I had to drive 15hrs in one day, this book is less than 4hrs long, it contains so much thought provoking information that I didn't have time to finish it; on my drive I was either listening or thinking!
I have known of Seth for many years, however I have never really 'noticed' Seth, until now. His style is infectious with a perfect balance of left hemisphere and then right hemisphere - like Brian Tracy suggests when communicating; 'windscreen wipers'... left then right then left etc.
Before reading this book I knew something was required, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Now I know the missing piece of the puzzle is leadership. If you are at the point in your career where you have so much to give but you are still not sure on the 'how' then this book is for you. Although Seth avoids 'how-to' information he provides just enough rope for you to work it out yourself.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. But only if you are ready to hear/read what it means to you - no more hiding, no more shying away, no more fear. I knew I should admire Seth, now I know why I do.
Enjoy :- )
"simplistic motivational book"
American style motivational book: you can do anything of you overcome cour fears.. Unrealistic.
Take one semi common sense idea and repeat over and over and over and over. The whole thing could have fit in one paragraph. Fleshed out into a book in order to con people and make money which sums up Mr Godin's philosophy really.
Some concrete ideas and steps to succeed would have help. Don't recommend people walk out of their jobs here and now if they are unhappy. Don't tell people not to worry about the product. We don't need factories? How were your books produced and marketed? Who made your smart phone and computers Mr Godin?
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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