- Hardcover: 151 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; Second Printing edition (21 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591842336
- ISBN-13: 978-1591842330
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 18.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a"Tribes" is a must read for all of us. Itas up to each one of us to lead in todayas new kind of world.a
aFormer U.S. senator Bill Bradley
?"Tribes" is a must read for all of us. It's up to each one of us to lead in today's new kind of world.?
?Former U.S. senator Bill Bradley
"Tribes is a short book only 147 pages. But its short size belies its true importance. As I read it, I was literally underlining every other sentence. I went through two hi-lighters before I finished!"
Michael Hyatt, author of Platform and Living Forward
"Tribes is a must read for all of us. It s up to each one of us to lead in today s new kind of world.
Former U.S. senator Bill Bradley
"Godin...is uniquely respected for his understanding of the Internet, and his essays and opinions are widely read and quoted on and off."
"It's easy to see why people pay to hear what he has to say."
"If Seth Godin didn't exist we'd need to invent him."
Alan Webber, founder, Fast Company
"If your idea, or issue, or candidate, or product isn't catching on, you haven't been reading Seth Godin."
Micah Sifry, cofounder, Personal Democracy Forum
"Godin is endlessly curious, opinionated, and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. He is a relentless marketer and also a clear-eyed visionary."
The bestselling business guru who brought us Purple Cow and The Dip offers his first (and totally unique) book about leadership. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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And narrative is what's lacking in this book. Like Seth's other works, it seems to have been taken from blogs written over time. Many of the headings cover similar ground, so the book becomes repetitive.
And because there's no argument, the central idea of the book never really develops. Seth just keeps looking at the subject from different angles.
This is frustrating, and it's a shame, because Seth Godin is an original thinker and this book is a good example of the clarity with which he can see 21st issues, especially as they relate to the online world.
Seth also shies away from making any practical suggestions about how to create a Tribe.
However, the book is good on Leadership. If you're interested in that subject, it's not a bad read.
The book keeps referring to the fearful nature of people who work in balloon factories and encouraging the reader not to think like them. You should indeed be worried if your product contains only stale hot air. Perhaps the author's other books are good, or perhaps his digital followers just review his books to boost sales. I'll never know, as I will never buy or read another book by Seth Godin. I can do it.
Seth Godin focuses on the role that LEADERSHIP plays in change and makes some powerful observations about the difference between MANAGEMENT and LEADERSHIP. Management is about maintaining stability, about perpetuating the status quo, it is about ensuring that things are done the same way that they have always been done. It is about avoiding change. For managers, change equals risk. Leadership, on the other hand, is about creating change that people can believe in. Leadership doesn't avoid change, it thrives on it. For leaders, change equals opportunity.
The book is incredibly well written. It feels as if every page has been handcrafted. Some many find the lack of chapters disconcerting. For me, it just helped the whole flow of the book. Ironically, it almost reads as a set of blog entries (no surprise for anyone that has read "Small is the new Big" or Seth's blog). I find it amusing that many said that the online world would kill off traditional publishing. Well, here is an example of the online world inspiring traditional publishing!
It is very easy to read. I read it in a couple of sittings and the only thing that slowed me down was the fact I made so many notes in it! I highly recommend it. If you are interested in leadership, then you MUST read this book. You will not be disappointed.
I wish I could think and write like Seth Godin. However, I suspect the only thing we have in common is our initials! Great book. Inspiring reading. Thank you, Seth.
Seth, this idea is worth a post, but not a book. Think it through for the future.
A (little disappointed)fan
The book's substance is rather thin beyond the few examples and rants.
Here it is:
People are turned into a tribe by "a shared interest" and "a way to communicate" ("leader to tribe, tribe to leader, tribe member to tribe member, and tribe member to outsider"). A leader increases effectiveness for the people by"
"transforming the shared interest into a passionate goal and desire for change;
"providing tools to allow members to tighten their communications; and
"leveraging the tribe to allow it to grow and gain new members."
As you can see, he's describing the way causes, nonprofits, political pressure groups, and save the world organizations operate.
Some will be offended by the rants. For example, he takes off rather hard on all religions while being all in favor of faith that you can accomplish whatever you want. There's no real basis for his position other than generalities about how no religions ever favor any changes. Well, if that were the case, there would still be rampant slavery in many nations. It was religious organizations that led the antislavery movement from the beginning.
Mr. Godin is very well informed about things that happened recently on the Internet (or in his own life), but he doesn't seem to have a broader understanding of leadership or change leadership.Read more ›
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Good book, lots of common sense in there about leadership. Did he tell me anything I didn't know, not sure. But I definitely feel inspired after reading it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nica de K
Everyone can be a leader, you, me all of us. That is a really positive message, actually, more than positive, it is a really empowering one, at least in my eyes.Published 4 months ago by Tevin
Really enjoyed this book, especially because it gave me ideas on small ways o lead that I hadn't considered before. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Staring