Review~ Linchpin by Seth Godin

by Gwen


We are trained to be a cog in the machine, but what happens when you go against the grain by being innovative, active, and jumping into the deep end of the pool? You become indispensable. You become a linchpin.

Seth Godin is a master at pointing out what should be obvious, but most of us don’t see. If you want to create passion in your work and life, go for it. See an idea that would make your work easier and more efficient? Make it happen and reap the rewards personally and professionally.  Godin says that we need to be artists. No, don’t get out the paints and brushes, he defines an art is what we are making when we are doing our best work, no matter the means or the media.

At times, Godin sounds like your own personal cheerleader, which is very motivating. With 14 chapters about making the choice to become a linchpin and the 7 about the abilities of the linchpin, one will learn how to go from just going along with the crowd to being a leader. The message is very clear, to survive in business you need to make yourself indispensable, you need to be a linchpin.

The above makes it sound great, but I need to mention something. I actually reviewed this book months ago for a publication and while doing the review for Chew & Digest now, I realized something. Not one thing of what I read in this book has been “sticky” for me. While very motivating at the time, I have not walked away with anything lasting. That may just be me and self employed work environment. I can’t fire myself.

If your job entails wearing pants with zippers, bosses, and the like, it might suit you ten times better. Seth Godin is a God to many people. I don’t say that to offend you or him, he just has a lot of good things to say and a lot of reach.

Linchpin by Seth Godin

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843160



6 Comments to “Review~ Linchpin by Seth Godin”

  1. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading Linchpin. I really enjoyed Permission Marketing and Tribes

  2. Interesting, considering the accepted wisdom is that nobody’s indispensable.
    And you made a great point about stickiness – if 2 or 3 ‘sound bites’ don’t lodge themselves in your brain, I think it’s perfectly valid to view the book with skepticism.

  3. I have Tribes on my wish list and now will add Permission Marketing thanks to you. I did like how pumped up I felt after reading this one.

  4. The lack stickiness shocked me. Part of it may be that I am reading so many business books these days, but I don’t that that was all of it.

  5. Ah well, without the sticky-ness factor, it sounds like it just won’t stand the test of time…

  6. This looks good. I hate being so replaceable at my previous jobs. It’s the worst feeling in the world not to be valued! This books sounds like it could be an interesting read. 🙂

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