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Tribes by Seth Godin
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Jan 23, 11

Read in December, 2010, read count: 1

Lots of people recommended this book to me.

It reads like a self-help book, which I don't like. The author is constantly saying that 'YOU are the type of leader needed right now!' and rot like that. (Whenever I see things in print telling me that 'YOU are' anything, my immediate reaction is to think it's being presumptuous and to defensively assume I am not at all that thing. So maybe I'm weird.)

The book makes incorrect assumptions about the "new workplace," implying that all factory-style jobs where people are simply told what to do are gone now or on their way out. That simply is not at all true. Firstly, there are thousands of actual factories still in existence here in the US. Secondly, there are many, many millions of people in this country who still have other types of jobs where they are explicitly told what to do. Those jobs are not going anywhere anytime soon, and to state otherwise is delusional.

So, I didn't like it much. But many people I highly respect do like it, so don't choose not read it because of me!
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