Linchpin

  • by Seth Godin
  • Narrated by Seth Godin
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.”

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Sophomoric Rant

Heard great things about Godin, but I think I should have started with an earlier book. This is a very silly, sophomoric rant chock full of Terminator 2 language like "The Resistance" used ad nauseam. The author spends an exhaustive amount of time talking about "creating art," and yet, at the end of the book, the term "art" is still left just as ambiguous as words like "success" or "happiness." Fun to talk about (cue the violins) but ultimately, not at all actionable. Godin suggests that people should fight against "The Resistance" by not using bullet point in their power point presentations and by not answering emails. These are the non-conformist dreams of a high school student convinced he's going to wear torn jeans and run the world. If you want to be indispensable, what you need to do is outperform everyone around you. Period. No book needed. And you had better be able to answer emails and had better be able to use bullets in your Power Points. It's not romantic, fun or as ambiguous as creating "art," but that's how stuff gets done. Renegades have and will continue to shape business, sure, but they first understood it. They knew the rules before they broke them. And first and foremost they had SKILLS. Today's cookie cutter workforce is only possible because people lack real skills. They have B.S degrees that are totally worthless in practical application. They can't chop wood or weld iron or write well or paint. So they come to an office and answer phones or go to a factory and gut chickens. Or they manage a Starbucks for the heath benefits. This is only sad if you assume that people HATE those jobs, and that's not an assumption you can make. Millions of people are happy as clams to put parts on a conveyor belt, thrilled to bits to sort mail, and totally content getting told what to do (you'll find, most people thrive with strong authority).
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- Lucas Rockwood

I was expecting more

If you went to the bookstore and bought a bunch of books with motivational phrases, took those books home, cut out each phrase and put them in a pillowcase, and then shook that pillowcase, and then pieced each phrase back together at random, you would have something more coherent than this book.
It's like when you are awake at 3AM and there's nothing on TV except infomercials.
The idea of being a linchpin is a worthy idea and well worth pursuing. The problem is that this book doesnt even try to understand what exactly a linchpin is. At best, everything is anecdotal, strung together with feel-good hollow statements like 'resist the demon'. I think that was from Rocky III.
I was expecting something a bit more scientific, maybe a personality exploration of the linchpin in his or her native habitat. Nope. How about a story detailing how a regular Joe goes from regular to linchpin? Nada.
This book will underwhelm you.
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- Steve High

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio