Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

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Penguin, Jan 26, 2010 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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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...
 
ˇ Keith Johnson, who scours flea markets across the country to fill Anthropologie stores with unique pieces.
ˇ Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer who got his dream job at 37signals without a résumé.
ˇ 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."
 

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

Ten sentences into the introduction Godin repeats an urban myth about Einstein. It takes a few of his sound bite contrived chapters before he reveals "we've been taught to fit in." This is not news ... Read full review

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User Review  - fulner - LibraryThing

This audiobook was okay. He did quote himself muchore freequently than I felt was honorable. When I first got this book I had expected it to be sort of self-help make yourself an entrepreneur like ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
THINKING ABOUT YOUR CHOICE
BECOMING THE LINCHPIN
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO HARD WORK IN A CUBICLE?
THE RESISTANCE
THE POWERFUL CULTURE OF GIFTS
THERE IS NO
MAKING THE CHOICE
THE CULTURE OF CONNECTION
WHEN IT DOESNT WORK
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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 is also the founder and CEO of Squidoo.com and a very popular lecturer. He writes one of the most influential business blogs in the world at SethGodin.com.


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