Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?[Reading] ➭ Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? ➵ Seth Godin – Tbjewellers.co.uk This is what the future of work and the world looks like Actually, it s already happening around you Tony Hsieh, CEO, ZapposIn bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes, Seth Godin taught readers how This is what the future of work and the world looks like Actually, it s already happening around you Tony Hsieh, CEO, ZapposIn bestsellers such Linchpin: Are eBook Ñ 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 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 indispensable 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 must.

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 Linchpin: Are eBook Ñ is also a renowned speaker He was recently chosen as one of 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 industry s leading interactive direct marketing company, which Yahoo acquired in late He holds an MBA from Stanford, and was called the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age by Business Week.

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    Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Kindle ´ Linchpin: 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 indispensable 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 must."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 244 pages
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
  • Seth Godin
  • English
  • 04 March 2019
  • 1591843162

10 thoughts on “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

  1. says:

    Not quite 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 insights Be indispensable and be artistic Give me a break, that isn t even an insight, it s a fact if life Try to be useful at your job and contributethan just the minimum Thank Seth Now that I finished, I reaffirm the wasted hours I spent reading this book It is a boor Not quite 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 insights Be indispensable and be artistic Give me a break, that isn t even an insight, it s a fact if life Try to be useful at your job and contributethan just the minimum Thank Seth Now that I finished, I reaffirm the wasted hours I spent reading this book It is a boor and a bore I cannot believe so many people rated this book so high

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    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 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 later.Seth Godin would know the name of this guy.Linchpin In his latest book, Godin writes about the qualities 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 job 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 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 Butimportantly, as employees we have the ability to develop linchpin characteristics within ourselves This is becomingessential 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 him her 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 correctly Uncle 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 quick, 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 unique concepts be good with people, connect with them in a memorable and unique 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 qualities They hire for these sorts of intrinsic qualities 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 quite 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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    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 book.Linchpin is the person who is indispensable in the organisation, who doesn t do what he she is being told, brings emotional labour to his job, is an artist.Thing is our schools, workplaces encourage people who keeps head down, fits in and does what he she is being told In this economy, that person, like an average factory worker, is replaceable.All of us are artist 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 book.Linchpin is the person who is indispensable in the organisation, who doesn t do what he she is being told, brings emotional labour to his job, is an artist.Thing is our schools, workplaces encourage people who keeps head down, fits in and does what he she is being told In this economy, that person, like an average factory worker, is replaceable.All of us are artist or have daemons a term for genius However, we are afraid, caught up in cycle of anxiety and shenpa, due to the resistance provided by our lizard brain.Lizard brain was first part of brain i.e the limbic system, in charge of flight and fight Cerebrum with 4 lobes frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal loves is the newest part of brain where art or artistic brain resides Art has nothing to do with painting In fact, there is a difference between a painter a billboard painter, for eg, or one who paints reproductions and an artist You can be artist in any field, you can be a artist at solving problems at your organisation, you can be a leader or you are great at connecting with people You have to find your art, that makes you linchpin.You need to recognise your resistance and overcome it Creating art is not enough, you must ship it That is you must focus on marketing and delivering your ideas as well so that they reach out to people.Linchpins bring a gift to their job For example, a painting artists create is a gift It is not created for reciprocity You can bring emotional labour to any mundane job, connect to people, co workers, customers and it will show That makes your irreplacable.How to be a linchpin or an artist There is no map You must make your own.It may not work all the time, your art You may fail, but that is ok but you must not give up and find your art to be a linchpin

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    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 work.He says it better than I didThis book is about love and art and change and fear It s about overcoming a multigenerational conspiracy designed to sap your creativity and restlessness It s about leading and making a difference and it s about succeedingpg 2You have our attention, Godin What do we do Through a series of blog like sections, Godin explains 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 work.He says it better than I didThis book is about love and art and change and fear It s about overcoming a multigenerational conspiracy designed to sap your creativity and restlessness It s about leading and making a difference and it s about succeedingpg 2You have our attention, Godin What do we do Through a series of blog like sections, Godin explains that there is no road map or simple answerOur world no longer fairly compensates people who are cogs in a giant machine Leaders don t get a map or a set of rules Living life without a map requires a different attitude It requires you to be a linchpinpg 19Essentially, you have to embrace the uniqueness and drive that is inside of you You have to create a platform of work rather than a resume You have to decide to discard mediocrityThe very system that produced standardized tests and the command and control model that chokes us also invented the resume The system, the industrialists, the factory they want us to be cogs in their machine easily replaceable, hopeless, cheap cogs if you don t havethan a resume, you ve been brainwashed into compliance Great jobs, world class jobs, jobs people kill for these jobs don t get filled by people e mailing in resumespg 72That s so outside the usual paradigm of work, for most of us, that it can sound scaryOften, when people hear about my radical ideas for how you should train for a career, as well as the best way to present yourself, they object They point out that not fitting in is certainly going to be an ineffective way of getting one of these average jobs They remind me that not having a resume is all fine and good, but how will that help them get a job at a place that requires a resume If you need to conceal your true nature to get in the door, understand that you ll probably have to conceal your true nature to keep that job The linchpin says, I don t want a job that a non linchpin could getpgs 78 79It seems like he s asking a lot, but the alternative is to give up and conform Godin says that this mindset isn t impossibleMy fundamental argument here is simple In everything you do, it s possible to be an artist, at least a little bitpg 94 We can do that, right I didn t agree with everything in Linchpin I thought that Godin was far too hard on journalists it is easy to look at an industry, or any situation really, from the outside and criticize the people in the thick of it.News agencies know that they have to embrace the future or die Just how to do that is up for grabs and adding Godin s toolbox of how to excel at work couldn t hurt I don t think that reinvention or evolution is an impossible task It s just tricky because, as Godin noted, there is no roadmap Recommended for people who may be bored with where they are and can see a glimmer of where they want to be but aren t sure how to get there Also recommended for those who work in the newspaper business because we clearly needlinchpins

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    Like many books in this genre, this book suffers from being too long The core content, however, is fantastic Seth s thoughts on shipping , beating the resistance, and giving gifts were useful and inspiring I d recommend the audio book to anyone makes it easier to skip past the repetitive chunks once you ve got Seth s point.

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    An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo 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 p An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo 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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    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 book.Our 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 all gone or on their way, and cost cutting means that you can t compete with 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 book.Our 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 all gone or on their way, and cost cutting means that you can t compete with folk from other countries The race to the cheapest is one you can t win The race to the most useful, caring, innovative well, you re competing with the cheapest, they re going to lose.Enter the linchpin someone who adds value, who cares about doing a good job, who thinks about how to get things donequickly and to a higher standard, a game changer Your boss will employ a competent drone if no one else is available, but would prefer a linchpin Someone who is difficult to replace If you don t want to be easy to replace then read this book and follow Seth s advice.The latter half of the book gives a whistle stop tour of the human brain and goes into some detail about how the lizard brain tends to sabotage the thinking brain and choose short term comfort over long term success It needs to be tricked to get out of the way and allow you to succeed Godin talks about how the lizard brain made him stop writing the book several times, because it was hard work The paradox is the lizard brain likes comfort, but is scared of success.Read this book if you want to escape the whole post industrial my job went to India fear and find your way to a future where you enjoy what you do.Just read it, it s the 21st century equivalent to How to Win Friends Influence People, which you should read as well

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    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 too.Seth 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 t 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 too.Seth 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

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    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 2.0 marketing to sell meatballs old school, average products for average people Which was a good argument, I suppose, except that Godin never really explained how you can transform your meatballs into ice cream So when I picked up his new book, Linchpin, I wasn t sure what to expect Unlike Godin s other books, Linchpin isn t about marketing 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 2.0 marketing to sell meatballs old school, average products for average people Which was a good argument, I suppose, except that Godin never really explained how you can transform your meatballs into ice cream So when I picked up his new book, Linchpin, I wasn t sure what to expect Unlike Godin s other books, Linchpin isn t about marketing, not really It s about you, about asking yourself, Are you indispensable Godin argues that every one of us has been a genius, at least one We ve made a connection no one made before, soothed an angry toddler or customer, delivered something brilliant The challenge, he says, is to do it again Godin insists that you yes, you can become an artist, someone who doesthan just crank out their daily widgets You can touch people with your work Indeed, you must In an analysis reminiscent of A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink , Godin argues that just doing your job is no longer enough If what you do can be reduced to a manual, then it can be outsourced if it can be automated, it will be It s the things you do that cannot be written down your leadership, your human touch, your insights, your passion that will make you indispensable.So far, so good But in typical Godin style, he doesn t actually tell you how to do this He d argue that that s the point if he could tell you in a step by step process how to make yourself indispensable, everyone would be doing it and you wouldn t stand out any But I find that much of the book consists of Godin repeating himself, hoping to drill the message home Unlike some of my favourite books, Godin doesn t give you any actionable steps, and I think the book loses out because of that

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    An inspiring book with a great messageFrom school to the workplace, we re all trained to act and behave within a specific framework and following certain rules vital to the production According to the law of cold turkey Any project, if broken down into sufficiently small, predictable parts, can be accomplished for awfully close to free And think for yourself about those who are in charge of managing those simple parts, Are the indispensable Are they irreplaceable The message of the book is An inspiring book with a great messageFrom school to the workplace, we re all trained to act and behave within a specific framework and following certain rules vital to the production According to the law of cold turkey Any project, if broken down into sufficiently small, predictable parts, can be accomplished for awfully close to free And think for yourself about those who are in charge of managing those simple parts, Are the indispensable Are they irreplaceable The message of the book is to become an artist, great in what s he does while always going far beyond what s he s expected to do Putting emotional labor and creativity in what s he does for the sheer joy of being an artist and holding no expectation From this mindset the author argues, springs out prosperity and numerous opportunities Selected from the book1 Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done.2 In a factory, doing a job that s not yours is dangerous Now, if you re a linchpin, doing a job that s not getting done is essential.3 In the fast few years, it s becoming clear that people who reject the worst of the current system are actuallylikely to succeed.4 Wikipedia and he shared knowledge of the internet make domain knowledge on its own worth significantly less than it used to be Today, of all you have to offer is that you know a lot of reference book information, you lose, because the Internet knowsthan you do .5 Where do you put the fear What separates a linchpin from an ordinary person is the answer to this question most of us feel the fear ad react to it We stop doing what is making us afraid Then the fear foes away Linchpin feels the fear, acknowledges it, then proceed.6 The problem with meeting expectations is that it s not remarkable It won t change the recipient of your work, and it s easy to emulate which makes you easy to replace 7 Art is unique, new, and challenging to the status quo It s not decoration, it s something that causes change.8 Most of all, art involves labor Not the labor of lifting a brush or typing a sentence, but the emotional labor of doing something difficult, taking a risk and extending yourself 9 The job is not your work, what you do with your heart and soul is the work 10 Successful people are successful because they think about failure differently 11 When the resistance tells you not to listen to something, read something, or attend something, go Do it It s not an accident that successful people readbooks.12 When you feel the resistance, the stall, the fear, and the pull, you know you re on to something

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