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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Seth Godin, Illustrated by Jessica Hagy, Illustrated by Hugh Macleod

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  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO
  • Format: Hardback | 244 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 26 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1591843162
  • ISBN 13: 9781591843160
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 63,894

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"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 resume. *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."

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Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a sought-after lecturer, a monthly columnist for Fast Company, and an all-around business gadfly. He's the bestselling author of Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Ideavirus, The Big Red Fez, Survival Is Not Enough, and Purple Cow.

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By Nathanael Boehm 19 Jun 2012 4

I quite liked Linchpin; it's a book I turn to regularly when I'm coming up against opposition at work and start to doubt myself. It gives me confidence, helps me get back on my horse, and get back out there amongst the fray. Sure, there's some bullshit in here as Seth has a bit of a reputation for writing - but if it works for you then you take what applies and put aside the rest. I can see the potential for people getting fired by trying to put these principles into practice - coming off as cocky, arrogant, insubordinate. So play safe, and stay true to your art.

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"It's easy to see why people pay to hear what he has to say." -"Time" "Thousands of authors write business books every year, but only a handful reach star status and the A-list lecture circuit. Fewer still-one, to be exact-can boast his own action figure. . . . Godin delivers his combination of counterintuitive thinking and a great sense of fun." -"BusinessWeek" "This book is a gift." -Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder, The Acumen Fund "If Seth Godin didn't exist we'd need to invent him-that's how indispensable he is! You hold in your hands a compelling, accessible, and purpose-filled book. Read it, and do yourself a big favor. Your future will thank you!" -Alan Webber, Founder, "Fast Company" "This is what the future of work (and the world) looks like. Actually, it's already happening around you." -Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com "Thousands of authors write business books every year, but only a handful reach star status and the A-list lecture circuit. Fewer still - one, to be exact - can boast his own action figure....Godin delivers his combination of counterintuitive thinking and a great sense of fun." -BusinessWeek