- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to drive your career and create a remarkable future Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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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)
Timely new book from US bestselling author, Seth Godin whose previous books include Purple Cow, The Dip and Tribes.See all Product description
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book!! It shows us a new perspective on work and life!! I highly recommend it!!Published 15 days ago by Manu
Struggled to get on with this book. Have ended up giving it away to a friend.Published 1 month ago by Ms. CM
There are literally no words to describe how amazing this book is! I don't really know what I was expecting but the majority of the words resonated with me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claire O
This isn't Seth Godin's latest book, but it maybe one of his most relevant if you want to keep your job! Read morePublished 3 months ago by LedZepTT_
You can look at a topic from various angles. Use a multitude of metaphors and examples to hammer the point home. Or just read the back cover twice and be done with it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading this its one message become the best you can be and in the end it will probably work out requires courage and insight
I would say the book has that and it... Read more
This book immediately resonated with me. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels the urge to do something they truly care about. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gaby Pfeifer