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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 Audio

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Get a kick-start with Seth Godin

If you like Seth Godin, then you'll love his book. If you don't know Seth, then either The Idea Virus or Linchpin are great reads to get to know him. If you are feeling frustrated by life, then I recommend this book as it might be the thing that helps you get back on track, get a grip of yourself and fight to make a difference.

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Opiniated and laudable but lacking evidence

The book is based on the idea that there are key people in a company around which companies operate, evolve, and flourish. Fair enough. The book then postulates that such people will be increasingly valued as replaceable people become less necessary. That's the part I feel is highly speculative, and although the view is sincerely and hopefully put, the evidence seems mostly anecdotal. I get that not everything needs to be research based. Opinions are important too in order to inspire. But I've seen very little evidence in my own career to suggest that such people are increasingly valued. Maybe a book before it's time. Maybe the current pandemic will inspire companies to make more of this, and the current drive towards increased diversity in companies. I very much identify with the kind of person described here. But I'm just like that so I can find the best meaning in what I do that I can, and ideally leave things a little better than when I arrived. But I've learned that in the majority of cases, it's a small ripple in a tidal wave of indifference. So I am hugely skeptical that this is a big a deal in industry as Seth suggests. As much as I wish it is true, I've come to realise that there's very very few people who 'grasp the nettle'. Actually I prefer to use gloves and make a nice nettle beer. Analogise that.

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good place to start a Seth Godin journey.

good place to start a Seth Godin journey. there are a few sentences where the start is missing, I presume it's a recording or editing problem, but it's only a minor distraction.

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Concise version - Useful Key Points with examples

Found this Audiobook thought-provoking and stimulating. The concept of a linchpin provides a model to develop yourself to achieve maximum personal rewards, by becoming a person and organisation would miss because of your unique skills.

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Solid Seth Content

One of the great thought leaders continues to share his wisdom. If you like Seth, you’ll like this.

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Must have must listen must pass on

Great to have the author read this rather than someone who doesn't have passion the subject . Great book. Easy to listen to 😄

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  • Gregory Aurand
  • 08-07-10

Best Godin Book Ever!!

I've been a fan of Seth Godin for a number of years now, and I'd have to say that this is by far his best book yet. I wish everyone would read this book -- especially every person who has anything to do with shaping our education system in this country. Everyone who runs for office, or already holds a government post, should have to read and comment on this book. You want to know why our economy is in the toilet -- and will continue to be so unless we radically change our way of thinking -- READ THIS BOOK!!!

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  • is
  • 30-08-18

Great Book

This was an excellent read (i.e. listen). A friend of mine referred to me and I referred to a couple of people. Loved this book!!!

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  • Leo
  • 22-01-17

I enjoyed it.

it was well enough. there are some good points. I enjoyed the book

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  • Justin
  • 09-02-15

Recommend

Seems a little slow paced, but it's nice to be able to actually hear and intake everything he says. This was a recommendation and I would recommend it also.

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  • Ramiro E. Prudencio
  • 05-11-14

Pep talk, anecdotes, but hardly transformative

What did you like best about Linchpin? What did you like least?

A few useful observations and anecdotes but nothing approaching big ideas or organizing frameworks. Classic Seth...part pep talk, part plea, some useful observations. In the end, makes you reflect (always useful) but left me wishing for more substance.

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  • Tim
  • 31-10-16

My First Seth Gordin Book

I really liked "Linchpin" but I can see how some might think that it's over the top. I've heard that many of the author's books are similar in content. I'll probably try another but with that more we're unabridged.