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Linchpin Are You Indispensable?

Two teams in every workplace management and labor Now there's a third team the linchpins These people 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 artLinchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations They may not be famous but they're in. An artist is someone who uses bravery insight creativity and boldness to challenge the status uo And an artist takes it personally I picked up this book because I recently subscribed to Seth Godin s blog and have found his advice on business and organizational culture insightful and useful He published this book a few years ago about the new skills that professionals need to polish in order to stay relevant and indispensable in the informational age The book feels like it was recently published the information is still accurate and pertinent to most of the workplace changes occurring these days Although some sections were very repetitive I still recommend this book if you re interested in business and organizational topics I also highly recommend subscribing to his blog

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This is what the future of work and the world looks like Actually it's already happening around you Tony Hsieh CEO ZapposcomIn bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes Seth Godin taught readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas But this book is about you your choices your future and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you chooseThere used to be. Whenever we went to the McDonald s near my college campus it was like dining at a five star restaurant At this particular Mickey D s every single customer was greeted by the most cheerful and friendliest guy I have ever encountered He held the door open asked you about your day stopped by your booth to see how your Big Mac was and engaged you in some witty repartee People loved this guy The Husband and I certainly did Its been 20 years since I last laid eyes on the guy and while I can t remember his name if indeed I ever knew it to begin with I think of him every single time I walk into a McDonald s Any McDonald s It s like I expect him to be there because he has made an indelible impression on my mind I ve connected him with that experience so strongly that he has come to be part of what I associate with the McDonald s brand even two decades and two kids laterSeth Godin would know the name of this guyLinchpin In his latest book Godin writes about the ualities and characteristics of linchpins those people in every organization who are the go to people who are the ones who seem essential and indispensable who don t know the meaning of the phrase not my jobThere 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 from the book jacket Godin s view is that as managers we have the ability and some might say the responsibility to develop linchpins among our employees But importantly as employees we have the ability to develop linchpin characteristics within ourselves This is becoming essential in order to survive in the workplace because the days of being a cog in the wheel are over Back in the day we bought into a mentality of work where in exchange for doing what we were told and what was expected of us without any resistance we were rewarded with a paycheck with health insurance with job security with the gold watch upon retirement As we all know those days have disappeared taking with it our paychecks our health insurance our security our gold watches but that factory mindset still persists Factory being a term for workplaces and organizations of any type not just assembly line style processing plants According to Godin one of the only ways to survive this new world of work is by becoming a linchpin After all think about the people who usually survive the layoffs get the bonuses and the perks others don t They are people considered to be essential to the organization or the brand They re indispensable Not irreplaceable Indispensable There s a difference Linchpins produce art says Godin Not art in the Michaelangelo sense but art as it relates to our work Delivering or shipping three grant proposals in one day as I did on Monday It needs to be consistent and often And we need to give our art away as a gift Kind of like we do here on our blogs There are so many stories like the one about the McDonald s guy like the one I m about to tell you about my Uncle Warren that I could keep to myself or perhaps store up so that they become fodder for some of my writing work that someone somewhere might pay a couple pennies for And maybe it will but in the meantime giving it to you as a gift makes me feel good I like that my posts are being read enjoyed retweeted It s a gift to recommend a great book that I loved In doing so those of us who do this often are becoming the linchpins to readers This is what Ron Hogan was talking about at the Book Blogger Convention when he referenced Linchpin in his talk When we start giving gifts we become identified as a person who gives freely of him or herself People who give gifts do so often Godin says that you have to and people gravitate to that person making himher a linchpin My grandfather s family did this constantly They were the ones who were always at church usually fixing something like the heater or volunteering on some committee I spent many a Saturday of a my life reading or writing in an empty Sunday School classroom while my Dad checked on some plumbing issue or did some other sort of maintenance job at our church At my Uncle Warren s funeral which was a packed house and I swear standing room only and the man was pushing 90 they told a story about how they found him climbing on the newly repaired church roof just checking on whether the contractor did things correctlyUncle Warren was known for giving gifts He d shake your hand or embrace you and you d look down in your palm and there was a peppermint candy He was so subtle so uick that you didn t even feel the peppermint being offered If you didn t like peppermints he would have your favorite candy the next time he saw you For every single person he met there was always a piece of candy even at the foot of his open casket where a basket of peppermints was there for the taking Think about it These are really not uniue concepts be good with people connect with them in a memorable and uniue and powerful way provide joy don t be a cog in the wheel do great work and do it often deliver the unexpected and give people something unexpected for free We ve heard much of this before and Godin admits just as much The reason it hasn t stuck is because our brains the lizard brain have resisted this new way of thinking We re scared stiff that we ll lose our jobs if we take a risk try something new speak up in meetings We think that we don t have the authority to be bold yet the irony is that our bosses want these sorts of ualities They hire for these sorts of intrinsic ualities because it is almost impossible to teach them In some ways I think you ve either got it or you don t And those who have are going to be the ones leading us out of this gawd forsaken economy we re in I m a fan of Godin s I ve been one for uite some time now primarily through Seth s blog He has the ability to take the whole concept of marketing and other communication whether it is in the workplace or personally or whatever and explains it in such a way that makes sense for the average person Linchpin is a little bit of a departure from that while still being written in the straightforward no nonsense style Each chapter is divided into short blog post like subheadings Seth Godin has been getting a lot of press lately good and bad for his decision to make Linchpin the last book he publishes via a traditional publisher Personally I don t care whether Godin publishes his next book traditionally exclusively on an e reader via subscription on his blog or by scrawling on papers delivered piecemeal by carrier pigeon Just as long as the man keeps writing stuff like this as well as his previous books they were darn good too then however he thinks is the best way to get them into my hands or my eyes to the screen it doesn t matter I mean who the hell am I to tell him what to do or how he should do it Instead I say good for him After all that s exactly what being a linchpin is all about

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Dispensable And in today's world they get the best jobs and the most freedomAs 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 mus. I have long suspected that Seth was a Communist evangelist and that his books propagated the gift economy Yes Here is the clincher and it is the best part of the book tooSeth s take on The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich EngelsThis book isn t about what you think it s about And it s certainly not about the USSR The key argument here is that small experiments in communism don t work because they are corrupted by the temptation to defect and engage in trade with neighbors that exploit their workers so you can benefit Only worldwide revolution and grabbed power by farmers and factory workers can upend the unfair bargain that kings and capitalists have put in place At one profound level they are right as long as the workers don t own the means of production the exchange will be inherently unfair A lot of what they pessimistically predicted has occurred to the workers at the bottom of the ladder


About the Author: Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a bestselling author entrepreneur and agent of changeGodin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world and he is also a renowned speaker He was recently chosen as one of 21 Speakers for the Next Century by Successful Meetings and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addressesSeth was founder and CEO of Yoyodyne the indust



10 thoughts on “Linchpin Are You Indispensable?

  1. says:

    Not uite finished with this yet but it seems as if it could be condensed to a one page blog posting In fact I wonder if he just expanded a blog into this It is so incredibly repetitive without inventing any major

  2. says:

    Whenever we went to the McDonald's near my college campus it was like dining at a five star restaurant At this particular Mickey D's

  3. says:

    It is indeed true most of books such as these can be summed up in few paragraphs Let me try and summarize 242 pages of this bookLinchpin is the person who is indispensable in the organisation who doesn't do what heshe is being told brings emotional labour to his job is an artistThing is our schools workplaces

  4. says:

    Like many books in this genre this book suffers from being too long The core content however is fantastic Seth's thoughts on shippi

  5. says:

    Seth Godin draws on his experiences in business and life to convince the reader to be a linchpin rather than a cog in the machine of workHe says it better than I did This book is about love and art and change and fear It's about overcoming a multigenerational conspiracy designed to sap your creativity and rest

  6. says:

    “An artist is someone who uses bravery insight creativity and boldness to challenge the status uo And an artist takes it personally”I picked up this book because I recently subscribed to Seth Godin's blog and have found his advice on busi

  7. says:

    Seriously if you want to know why your children's school seems to not be teaching them to think if you want to know why you hate your job read this bookOur entire education system is built around creating good factory workers who have no initiative and do what they're told You may sit in a call centre or push numbers into a computer all day but it's still a factory think about it Guess what the factories are

  8. says:

    I have long suspected that Seth was a Communist evangelist and that his books propagated the gift economy Yes Here is the clincher and it is the best part of the book tooSeth’s take on The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich EngelsThis book isn’t about what you think it’s about And it’s certainly not about the USSR The key argument here is that small experiments in communism don’t work because they are corr

  9. says:

    I'm ambivalent on this one A few years ago I read another of Godin's books Meatball Sundae which explained that you cannot use sundaes web 20 marketing to sell meatballs old school average products for average people Which was a good argument

  10. says:

    First book name is wrong It should be Are you a valued worker? or something like that Author himself says no one is indispensable and uses the uote Cemetery is full of indispensable people Advices he gives do make sense to give small gifts to your clients and customers in order to stand out go extra mile not expecting anything in return and you will be successfulBut he has a grudge against evil capitalism Capit

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