Linchpin

Linchpin

Are You Indispensible?

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
"The only way to get what you're worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about."

In bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes, Seth Godin taught readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. But this book is different. It's about you - your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.

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.Linchpin will show you how to join the likes of...

*Keith Johnson, who scours flea markets across the country to fill Anthropologie stores with unique pieces.
*Marissa Mayer, who keeps Google focused on the things that really matter.
*Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer who got his dream job at 37signals without a résumé.
*David, who works at Dean and Deluca coffeeshop in New York. He sees every customer interaction as a chance to give a gift and is cherished in return.

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."



Random House, Inc.
"The only way to get what you're worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about."

In bestsellers such as Purple Cow and Tribes, Seth Godin taught readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. But this book is different. It's about you - your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.

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.Linchpin will show you how to join the likes of...

*Keith Johnson, who scours flea markets across the country to fill Anthropologie stores with unique pieces.
*Marissa Mayer, who keeps Google focused on the things that really matter.
*Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer who got his dream job at 37signals without a résumé.
*David, who works at Dean and Deluca coffeeshop in New York. He sees every customer interaction as a chance to give a gift and is cherished in return.

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."

Baker & Taylor
Argues that it's more essential than ever to become indispensable, and the key to being indispensable is overcoming the fears that hold most people back so that one can unleash his or her greatest art, passion, insight and generosity at work. By the best-selling author of Tribes.

Baker
& Taylor

Argues that the key to becoming indispensable in the workplace is to abandon the fears that might prevent success and instead allow one's art, passion, insight, and generosity to flourish.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio, c2010
ISBN: 9781591843160
1591843162
Characteristics: x, 244 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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SkyTower Oct 21, 2011

"You Are a genius .. You don't need to win a Nobel Prize to be one. A genius looks at something that others are stuck on and gets the world unstuck."

debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Chosen by Claire Berlinski as Book of the Year: "A reviewer on Amazon characterized Seth Godin's Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (Portfolio) thus: “Every once in a while I run across a book that is so important, so compelling, so unique with respect to not only content but also writing style that I can't put it down until I finish it. This is not one of those books.” Quite. So why I have I chosen it as book of the year? Because it is the last book the bestselling, optimistic, all-American marketing guru Seth Godin will be selling with a traditional publisher.

"Publishing industry: That's an ex-canary. My nomination of this book is symbolic. I am really nominating what Godin is saying generally: Books in print form are antiques. No one wants to buy them any more; they cost too much; the way they are marketed and distributed is insanity. The traditional book publishing industry is dead. It is not coming back. I'd be surprised if any of the other books on this list have sold more than a few thousand copies, however terrific they are. Godin, however, has sold millions of books, and while none will be remembered as the work of an exquisite prose stylist, they will be remembered for selling like crazy and thereby proving his point:

"There has been an epic change in the nature of reading, publishing, and the exchange of ideas. Everyone in the traditional publishing industry has lost his/her job or will lose it soon, and they deserve to; they have failed entirely to adapt to a technological revolution as significant as the invention of the printing press. “I honestly can't think of a single traditional book publisher who has led the development of a successful marketplace/marketing innovation in the last decade,” Godin writes. More than anyone else, he has confronted the change in the way people read and exchange information forthrightly. He is doing something more interesting and useful than lament it. He will surely not be the first bestselling author to dump the publishing industry entirely, and more power to him."

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