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Linchpin by Seth Godin
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Dec 22, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 52-in-2010
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Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? By Seth Godin (pp. 256)

A pop-psych, business book that looks at the role of the worker. Godin makes the argument that the modern industrial workforce has reached its peak and people are no longer valuable by just their ability to just do their jobs or fill a spot on the team. Efficiencies in technology have made people easily replaceable. The middle-American white-collar job is on the way out, just like the blue-collar factory worker has phased out as a viable, family sustaining role. Both the American Dream and how people view their roles, self-assessment must be done or people will falsely blame their companies for their layoffs and downsizing.

He makes the point that individuals who find the passion in their roles – who consider themselves artists of delivery of their chosen professions are the ones who will succeed in the future. He also makes a great case for people in all walks of life to step up and believe in what they do or find something that creates that passion. After all, if you don’t love what you spend the majority of your time on, why should one expect others to view them as indispensible. Artistry and passion being the new keys to success.

Godin gets a little repetitive, but it can be excused due to Godin’s desire to fire up those who are listening to the message. He almost hits people over the head with the side of his book. He looks to make people who have been trained to think a certain way for the last 70 years look at work differently.

I would normally find his kind of rah-rah cloying and self-serving motivational blather, but he really seems to believe in what he’s arguing. He uses some well researched material from a bibliography that could serve as a reading list for a college degree in modern business and sociology. Anecdotes are relevant and interesting. Godin may be one of my new favorite authors in the Atal, Gladwell, and Pink rooster of popular business authors. Another Godin selection will determine if this was just a one-off. If Godin’s idea is just a little contagious, the world will be better off because of it.
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