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Linchpin

Are You Indispensable?
Written by: Seth Godin
Narrated by: Seth Godin
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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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

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Valuable Perspective, Still.

Alhough some examples that Seth uses are beginning to show their age, this book is even MORE relevant today.

Our value proposition as humans no longer consists of machine like characteristics and technical prowess. The human condition is more important now than ever before - the ability to empathize, relate, and have vision. Must read for anyone.

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almost good.

if you manage to tolerate the first 15% of the book, in which engages in a long annoying anti-capitalist rant, you will find very good arguments and examples to improve your art.

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making genius mainstream

Loved this book. We need more linchpins and Seth explains how every single person has the potential to become one.

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Well worth the read!!! #Audible1

This book is beautiful. It will help you to understand things that really I personally have not ever really understood. Keep up the great work Seth Godin!

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My new favourite book!

I've listened to and read many, many, many books. This one is very special. It is a game-changer. I hope to meet you in person one day, Seth Godin! Not only is this book FULL of valuable and inspiring content, it will make you laugh out loud. Love your sense of humor, and your insight & wisdom are, as always, refreshing. Thank you for the gift that this book is. Jenn Williamson Abbotsford, BC, Canada

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  • John
  • 2011-09-01

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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  • Joshua Kim
  • 2012-06-10

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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  • Bill
  • 2011-11-28

It gets better

Lots of good information, though some of it, like the concept of resistance, are "borrowed" from other authors. Most notably Steven Pressfield. The first part of the book is a little tough to get through, but he brings it all together in the second half. Well worth the listen.

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  • Anna Clare
  • 2010-02-12

Fantastic!

This book is great. You don't need this book to tell you "how to" be indispensable, but it will come naturally once Seth Godin has INSPIRED you to be indispensable! It's about how to approach and execute your "job" functions so the net result of your performance day to day expresses who you are and what you can be. You are unique and indispensable, and deserve to experience and enjoy all of the gifts that you can give and receive through your life's work. I am encouraged, inspired and optimistic and have been recommending this book to everyone.
Plus it is read by the author, who miraculously does not have an annoying voice.

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  • Adam
  • 2010-10-03

Linchpins only need to know WHAT to establish HOW

This book is fantastic at outlining WHAT needs to be done in order to be a Linchpin. However, it does not tell you HOW. That is why there are some reviewers who will not like this book. Seth even addresses this type of thinking in this book by stating the fact that a map for implementation/leadership does not exist because if it did, then anyone could do it and it would cease to be a true work of art. A Linchpin is able to see WHAT needs to be done and makes their own map as to HOW to get it done and shipped.

If you want a step-by-step book of what it takes to be incredible, this is not your book and I would be highly suspect of any book that claims that it can contain a template for original creative greatness.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2010-06-09

Um.. Yeah... Then what?

I enjoyed listening to Seth Godin read his book--meaning, I liked his voice and reading style--but honestly, it felt like he was reading unconnected blog entries in no particular order. Sometimes it seemed as though the title of the "chapter" was as long as the "chapter." This is a made-up example, but a lot of the book sounds like this: Title: To be a Lynchpin is to be Indispensable. Body: If you are an Artist, and do only what you can do, then you are indispensable. You are a Lynchpin.

Despite this, I patiently waded through the 4.5 hrs. of what I determined to be "Malcolm Gladwell lite" hoping for some sort of payoff. A call to action, a step-by-step plan--even a decent recap of what I'd just spent 3 weeks trying to get through. Anything! I won't be a spolier, but let's just say that I was laughing so hard at the way the book ends (because I felt like such a sucker) that I almost drove my car off the road.

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  • Steve High
  • 2010-04-06

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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  • Scarlett Meadows
  • 2010-04-14

Disappointed

I was looking forward to this book after hearing an interview with Seth Godin, but there is very little in the 4 1/2 hours that isn't self evident to any reasonably educated professional. The book may be valuable at the high school or early college level in exposing students to ways of thinking about a career/profession.

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  • Luke Tilton
  • 2010-02-10

AWESOME!

This book of creative discovery blow me off my chair. The "machine" that has held a generation in fear from expressing the artist on the inside is dying. Seth Godin uncovers the truth about the suppressive nature of the economic machine. Inside of each of use lies an artist that was made to create and be creative. This audible will propel you past the mediocre, and into a new level of creativity.

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  • Jeremy Corman
  • 2012-04-05

My fav above all. Almost nothing more to add.

I've been recommending this book many times since I attended Seth Godin's conference in Laguna Beach about 2 years from now. I read it a couples times and finally even bought the audio version, no need to say how I stick into it.

Of course, I definitively give 5/5 as overall score. If I really had to find a negative point, the only thing I could say is that Seth Godin miss a bit in linking all the dots into a story. If in one way or another, he could develop the big picture like he tells a story, I think he could have even larger audience.

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