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Are you a Linchpin? A Book Review


I recently finished Seth Godin's latest release, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? . I am a big fan of Seth's work in the past. I REALLY enjoyed Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and was really looking forward to reading this. This book is a call to action for all people out there that don't just want to be part of the machine. This book is for people that are willing to be something special and make a difference.

He makes a very interesting observation that I have never thought about before. The US system is designed to create a "factory" in which the object is to break down the tasks in the smallest possible parts and reduce the cost of each part as much as possible. That made sense to me. I have always seen myself as the person running the factory and just accepted that I had to work my way up through the factory. Recently I have started to realize that I could invent the new factory as opposed to working up through an existing one. What Seth talks about here is the only way to make something great in a company or for yourself is to be a Linchpin. Companies need Linchpins and people who realize that. Here is the statement in the inside of the book cover.

"The only way to get what you're worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about."

There is a section of the book on resilience that drags on quite a bit. I know that Seth really hammered on this because most people will not step out and do what it takes to go on this journey. I agree with the fact that we NEED people like Seth describes in this book so keep going through the middle of this book if it seems like it drags.

I took a TON of notes from this book which I rarely do. I think you will to if you pick this up to give it a run. Let me know what you think in the comments if you have read this already or once you read it I would love to know if you buy into the concept.