Linchpin : Are You Indispensable?

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This life-changing manifesto shows how you have the potential to make a huge difference wherever you are. Few authors have had the kind of lasting impact and global reach that Seth Godin has had. In a series of now-classic books that have been translated into 36 languages and reached millions of readers around the world, he has taught generations of readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. In Linchpin, he turns his attention to the individual, and explains how anyone can make a significant impact within their organization. There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people 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. 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. - Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer who got his dream job at 37signals without a resume. - David, who works at Dean and Deluca coffee shop 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.-show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1591843162
  • 9781591843160
  • 96,881

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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, -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.- -BusinessWeekshow more

About Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the author of more than a dozen bestsellers that have changed the way people think about marketing, leadership, and change, including Permission Marketing, Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars, Small is the New Big, The Dip, Tribes, Linchpin, and Poke the Box. He's an entrepreneur, the founder of several successful businesses, and a popular TED speaker. He writes one of the most influential business blogs in the world at more

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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 more
by Nathanael Coyne
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