There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They 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. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they're indispensable. And in today's world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. 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. 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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by Seth Godin
by Seth Godin, The Group of 33
by Vikram Seth
by Jeffrey Bussgang
by Raffaele Sollecito, Andrew Gumbel
by Seth Meyerowitz, Peter Stevens
by Seth Grahame-Smith
by Seth Adam Smith
"Seth Godin is back, and this time it's personal. After years of telling businesses how to stay innovative and sell more, he's now providing advice to endangered workers and managers trapped in the brave new recessionary world. Godin's advice: Workers, throw off your post-industrial chains--and attendance-based compensation employment--and become indispensable to your organizations: the "linchpin." The production is packed with engaging anecdotes, and Godin proves once again that he's the best reader of his own material. Alas, the premise--within you is an artist, genius, and otherwise remarkable person--seems a tad bright-sided, especially for out-of-work listeners and endangered managers. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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