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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mostly nonfiction listener
Godin's manifesto (and I use that description in the best sense of the word) convincing makes the case that the most dangerous thing we can do at work and in our careers is play it safe. Suspend your critical eye and realist orientation for just long enough to be swept into Godin's passion. Allow yourself to be inspired. Read, share, and decide to lead your tribe. We will be discussing this book together at work - so more to come on if inspiration can be translated on the ground
The concept is interesting: that the social experience can be categorized into groups called tribes. The problem is the concept is too simple for a book. I found the author repeating the same terms. The repetition sounded like autocratic calls to allegiance. (We need you!) This content would be better suited for 40-page paper.
Overall worth the read. There are things to get past as other reviews point out, but does provide great kernels of wisdom. It did take a second listen to pick out all of the points.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to better understand why Managers are not wired to be Leaders and why so few people choose to be Leaders. In addition, you will come away with a new appreciation for the next person you cross paths with that is referred to as a "heretic".
This book hit the spot for me. I thought the reader was really good. If you are someone that is just getting into Leadership or need to renew your Leadership skills, this is a good book. Well worth listening too.
Let me start by saying I am a fan of Seth Godin. I've read most of his work and read his blog daily. Overall this books was good, however Seth's writing style (in this case) does not make for great audio experience. He tends to write his chapters in sub-sections with various titles. This makes for some choppiness in the audio that you really need to pay attention to or you might get lost. Once you get used to this the book is a good listen and if taken to heart can be powerful for any one.
We tried, really hard, on a long road trip to get past Seth Godin's annoying delivery style (so slow and he over enunciates everything!) and his continual promise of "I'm going to tell you..." or "you'll learn it here..." without him actually doing that. But after almost 3 hours we couldn't take it anymore. He says the same thing over and over and there wasn't much new here that delivered on his huge promises. Skim it in a bookstore and you'll get what you need.
The content doesn't rise to the level of social science, but lies somewhere in that area of "social media science" where if I can come up with a few examples (which may not be directly linked to the phenomena I am trying to explain) then I must be on to something.
The narrator is a bit monotone at times. Seth could have hired a voice actor to spice it up.
This book is extremely repetitive. I feel that I got the point and lost interest within the first 20 minutes.
I never write reviews. But this book was so bad I had to warn others.
First of all the narration was awful. But I decided to listen further hoping the content is better than the narrator. It was a jumble of obvious and same old ideas. Do not waste your money and time on this book.
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.
"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 :- )
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.
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?
"Emotional commitenta of leadership"
Good book that covers a generic view of the key drivers behind leadership. Belief and wholeheartedness seem to be the orders of the day. Not a world changer for me... Lacked some inspiration which Seth so keenly talks about.
"simplistic motivational book"
American style motivational book: you can do anything of you overcome cour fears.. Unrealistic.
"Inspiration + A system"
I'm 'starting a tribe' right now.
Personal trainers that work for cheaper to help the community in London, then if it works maybe across the UK... Livefit.co.uk if you want to get involved...
Point is Seth's words and case studies are setting off great ideas about expressing it and hooking trainers by giving them a platform.
If you're already thinking around this subject all you need is some stimulation from a systemic level to apply to your own ideas. Seth will plant that seed, you make it grow.
Then the tick lists; same principle but easy to note down and come back to. Easy to show other people you work with.
Good luck. Let's make some change.
"I loved it! Book is filled with new knowledge"
I loved this book. Seth provided some very clear and compelling description of leadership in the Internet enabled age and what makes one a remarkable leader. This book is recommended for anyone who wishes to lead large or small tribes and create change in the Internet age and traditionally. I put this book on the same rating as Peter Thiel's zero to One.
"Lead with a strong clear manifesto"
The author shares insight required to lead in this social media dominated times. The stories and examples also encourages involvement to influence changes.. A good read!
"Just start leading now"
This book in my view can be summarised in one profound statement 'Just start leading now'. This might sound simple however you are about to buy this book because you are not
just leading now. This book has radically changed my philosophy of leadership. I will apply 'Just start leading now philosophy to my PhD.
Brilliant, inspiring, an absolute tonic
very simple message, but rousing examples help overcome resistance for us to take our opportunity in the world!! lets go......
as good as always, first class
many, every 2 minutes Im saving a clip of inspiration, just too many good real examples to choose from
buy it, listen to it, act on it and pass it on, change the world for yourself and the people you care about.
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