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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749953357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749953355
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.9 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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For anyone who feels trapped in a labyrinth of tradition, this book is compass, map and sledgehammer (BUSINESS DESTINATIONS, February 10)

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Timely new book from US bestselling author, Seth Godin whose previous books include Purple Cow, The Dip and Tribes.

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This book doesn't read well and feels as thought because it's a straight transcript of Seth Godin's blog. Whilst this is an easy way to generate book content, it doesn't add to the quality or flow.

Too many of the statements are repetitive truisms that you could find in dozens of other books on this site. Read his blog instead occasionally, and save yourself the cost of buying this book.
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I enjoyed the book, thank you Seth, and here is my review:
The book's basic ideas are:
* Be creative and you will become indispensible in your job. By being creative he means go above and beyond what is required and put some emotional effort into your job; become an artist.
* You will have to fight "the resistance" i.e. the part of your brain that tells you not to do this, and is related to your internal "fight or flight" part of your brain (the lizard brain). This is probably the best part of the book.
* As part of becoming an artist you will need to give away your work - eventually this will be its own reward.

That's about it... then Seth spends most of the book with anecdote after anecdote. Most of these are not needed and feel like blog posts (in fact many of them appear in similar form on his blog). This leads to the book feeling somewhat disjointed.

If you are the kind of person who is looking for a well argued point backed up with facts then this isn't the book for you; there is a lot of conjecture in here.

If you are the kind of person who thinks the ideas above sound like a good idea - then the book is very self affirming and confirms your world view; which is nice.

For its many faults, the section on the resistance was great and made the book worth reading.
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If you like Seth Godin's other books, you will like this one. The main riff throughout the book is about the new world of work - one based on intellect and ideas rather than an ability to move stuff from one place to another. While not necessarily a new idea (see Dan Pink's "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future"), it is well presented and compelling. Seth develops his argument for how to succeed in this new world and how to make yourself indispensible. Actually, I think "indispensible" might be a little overstated, I think it would be more correct to say "achieving your full potential to a point where you if you are dispensed with, then someone else will always want you!". Either way, a great message.

It does read a little like a self help book in places. I am not entirely convinced that this was unintentional or necessarily a bad thing. It depends on what you were looking for.

On the downside, some readers might find his "in your face" style a bit evangelical in places, particularly some of us Brits. Undoubtedly, this style has been developed through his blog writing where space is limited to get the point over. However, when the same style is used throughout a book, it can be a bit over powering at times. That said, I read the book cover to cover. Every 2-3 pages I would find a nugget of an idea that would make me carrying on reading. Before long, the book was finished.

Like his other books, I enjoyed reading this one. It helped me understand a little more about the complex world I seem to live in and gave me some further insights into how to get more out of work and life. Recommended.
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Seth in fine form; the departure being that this is more about you than about your business. There are a couple of messages early on that set off my American-self-help-guru alarm however the proposition is sound.

For me this book is not about how to make yourself essential enough not to be fired but more about how we spend a LOT of time at work and that changing your attitude and giving time, knowledge and emotion (art) has a positive effect. For everyone.

More great sound bites in this book that you can count; currently the one imprinted on my brain is `Doesn't matter if you're always right. It matters that you're always moving'. You will learn about `ART', the `Lizard Brain', `The powerful culture of Gifts' and much more; Seth is issuing you a wake-up call and a challenge to change.

As with most things Seth-shaped I loved it and am thinking differently after reading it (and have now bought copies for the entire team). Recommended.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2010
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"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." -- John 9:4 (NKJV)

Seth Godin painstakingly explains in Linchpin how the world of work has shifted so that "just doing your job" is a recipe for being dead while you still live . . . and having lots of job insecurity. His solution is for you to care about the results of your work, to reach out to others with your genuine emotions, and to innovate in ways that create something others appreciate . . . whether or not it has immediate economic value. Basically, he's suggesting you become a human being rather than a cog in a bureaucracy or complex process. He calls this being an artist.

I found this aspect of the book to be its main strength: A lot of people don't realize that they need to be innovating in ways that delight other people . . . rather than just pretending they are still in high school and trying to get along by fitting in.

I dislike mechanical metaphors as a way to encourage people to be less machine-like. Linchpin as a metaphor didn't work that well for me. His point is that since everyone else is just going through the motions of following orders, your humanity in seeking to make things better will make you indispensable. It's nice to think that's true, but the book doesn't contain any evidence beyond some anecdotes . . . many of which are about people I've never heard of or read about.

The writing style suggests that a lot of the book is mostly a cut-and-paste job from blogs. If that's the kind of choppy writing that appeals to you, you'll like this book better than I did. I thought it could have used a good editor. Why? You have to read a long time before he gets around to defining a lot of his concepts.
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