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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

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There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.

As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”

©2010 Seth Godin (P)2010 Random House

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    Spencer Lundskog 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Impact Theory Book #6"

    Great performance from the author. Speed 1 is a good speed once through, but easy to listen to on speed 2. Contents of the book are amazing and paradigm changing. I have done a lot of broken down tasks for work and this book is inspiring me to make what the author calls art.

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    Wanderer Peoria, AZ 01-20-17
    Wanderer Peoria, AZ 01-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    A timely breath of life. I'll be reading it again; and perhaps again. This one really is transformational.

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    Peekay 01-17-17
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    "Great idea, a bit too long"

    The ideas are great, no question. And Godin's passion comes across. It sounded though like it could use some editing - it would be denser and easier.

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    Ryan 01-16-17
    Ryan 01-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read. Not just saying that..."

    I've never reviewed anything online. But this book was over the top. Insightful and life-changing. Must read. Much love.

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    eoz 01-04-17
    eoz 01-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Seth is the best! Great book and a lot of insight"

    Seth provides ton of insight into something many of us struggle with... creating something meaning and ultimately to live a meaningful life. If you are struggling with this, read this book.

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    Mrs E Zone 01-01-17
    Mrs E Zone 01-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Essential Reading for those determined to live a life without regret."

    Seth Godin's work makes you want to rush to do your own. This book arms you with all you will need to defeat the "resistance" and to dare to create and to ship. I recommend this title to anyone who's ever dreamt a dream of a different life for themselves but managed to erect a million excuses for not pursuing that dream. If you want to ensure that you will live this one precious life that you have without regret, this book is a great first step.

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    "Seth is officially my life guru"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I use this book as a basis for a philosophy of life. Most of the ideas are completely new to me; the fact that most people prefer being told what to do, the gift theory, the fear (the lizard, the resistance) theory, etc. It is my nightly read (i.e. listen).


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    Brandon A. Gibbs UK 12-24-16
    Brandon A. Gibbs UK 12-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wanting to do your best requires being a linchpin"

    Very thankful to find this book uniquely relating to me in this season. I recommend this to those in industries and entrepreneurs looking to impact change. #brilliant Seth!

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    Healthy Living Support Dunlap, TN, USA 12-15-16
    Healthy Living Support Dunlap, TN, USA 12-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good!"

    Loved loved loved this book! Spoke to my heart! Highly recommend it!

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    Jim 12-14-16
    Jim 12-14-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Waste of Time"
    What would have made Linchpin better?

    This book could have been better had the author supported his claims with evidence. The appeal to an expert (himself) is not a valid argument.

    For example, when supporting his point that decision making needs to be pushed down the organizational hierarchy he offered as evidence an anecdote about a glitch in Amazon.com's ranking system that left out an entire genre. The advocates of this genre took to online blogs and message boards. It took Amazon 3 days to respond. He said this is "probably" due to the lack of decision making at the lower levels of the hierarchy. "Probably".

    Basically he making his point and then telling us an unrelated story that "could" be relevant had he taken the time to do some investigative journalism. The anecdote was aimed at evoking an emotional response, not logical support.

    You see how I just made a claim and then supported it with evidence. This is what we as readers are looking for, Mr. Godin.


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