Are You Indispensable?

Audiobook CD - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, [2010]
Copyright Date: ℗2010
ISBN: 9780307705501
Branch Call Number: Audiobook 650.1 God
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr., 19 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 14, 2018

Great book!!! I highly recommend it. The world (2018) is a different place and money isn't the only currency anymore. This book provides great insight to the millennial work environment and how to become a "linchpin". I found it very inspiring and in reflecting on my life could very much relate.


Apr 22, 2016

While the premise sounds good, the writing style tends to more of a self-help book than something presenting research, analysis, and examples. As such, Godin is very repetitive in the first couple of chapters about how we're all being lied to and that we're all just cogs in a machine and that we need to be creative linchpins. It lacked substance so much I couldn't continue past the second disc, but I'm assuming there is some level of interesting ideas in here. Therefore I would recommend trying to find the print book, which will be far easier to skim through and avoid the dross that comprises most of Godin's writing.

Mar 16, 2012

The world of learning and work has changed, but for the most part we continue to use old solutions to address new challenges. This is the setup for Seth Godin's Linchpin which is his plea for us to not be cogs in the machinery anymore.

A linchpin (a worker, learner AND artist) is one who is indispensable within her life network. This could be where you work, where you volunteer, where you go to school or even at home. Those who continue to contribute solely by following the instructions of others are seeing their value decline unforgivably. The world has changed and those who can navigate without a road map are the future leaders.

Moreover, as Godin explains, the linchpin will be an unconditional gift-giver. Giving to others above and beyond what you're paid to do will make your own contributions unique and allow for a human connection that business interactions often seriously lack.

I recommend giving this book as a gift to someone in your life who craves more humanity in their world of work.

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