• Linchpin

  • Are You Indispensable?
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-01-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (304 ratings)

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.”
©2010 Seth Godin (P)2010 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jose on 21-11-17

How to be an artist.

This book it will remind you the artist you are and it will make you feel it that is necessary to pursue this art because average people any organisation can replace but an Artist is not that easy.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 31-10-17

Disappointing, simplistic US-style self help dressed up as insightful science

I like the narrator and there are some good elements of this story. However it is let down by shoddy examples and surprising citations. He claims that cancer can be reversed by the placebo effect and harps on about the cringeworthy genius of everyone, while at the same time being completely derogatory towards many professions. I found this to be populist and ill thought out. I’m sure it sold a lot!

Instead of this book, try something useful and well research like “how to have a good day” by Caroline Webb. Note that I like Seth, but I think it could have been so much better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 01-09-11

Maybe you missed the point...

For those reviewers who found this book unsatisfying, I suspect they missed the point. This is easily Seth Godin's most important and insightful book since "Purple Cow". The point is, you are unique and capable of so much more than you have been sold to believe; you are ro can be a "Linchpin". This book/audiobook helped me make it through the most difficult year of my professional life. Saying that this book is "Inspiring" doesn't do it justice. Listen to it, accept the reality that Seth shares, and take control of your life.

Also, if you're familuar with Seth's previous audiobooks, this is easily his best performance. I love them all, but his audiobook performance has come a long way from "Purple Cow".

Thank you Seth Godin...

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Kim on 10-06-12

Are You Also a Godin Fan?

It seems whatever Godin is selling I'm buying. Gotta give him credit for that. My advice for Linchpin is to make it through the first half of the book - as the second half is really where the action is. Stick it out. Godin might have something to sell, but that does not mean he is wrong. His basic point that, that the economy has ripped away any security of careers or institutions, and that we need to change our outlook towards work, is probably exactly right. The question is what do we do with this knowledge. I like Godin allright, some folks may hate him, I think he is worth reading to generate a great discussion.

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