Are You Indispensable

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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In creating order out of chaos, linchpins offer solutions and networking in the modern business environment.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2010.
ISBN: 9780307705518
Subjects: Downloadable audiobooks.
Employee motivation.
Employees -- Attitudes.
Creative thinking.
Value added.
Work -- Psychological aspects.
Nonfiction eaudiobooks.

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Apr 22, 2016

While the premise sounds good, the writing style tends to more of a self-help book than something presenting research, analysis, and examples. As such, Godin is very repetitive in the first couple of chapters about how we're all being lied to and that we're all just cogs in a machine and that we need to be creative linchpins. It lacked substance so much I couldn't continue past the second disc, but I'm assuming there is some level of interesting ideas in here. Therefore I would recommend trying to find the print book, which will be far easier to skim through and avoid the dross that comprises most of Godin's writing.

Mar 16, 2012

The world of learning and work has changed, but for the most part we continue to use old solutions to address new challenges. This is the setup for Seth Godin's Linchpin which is his plea for us to not be cogs in the machinery anymore.

A linchpin (a worker, learner AND artist) is one who is indispensable within her life network. This could be where you work, where you volunteer, where you go to school or even at home. Those who continue to contribute solely by following the instructions of others are seeing their value decline unforgivably. The world has changed and those who can navigate without a road map are the future leaders.

Moreover, as Godin explains, the linchpin will be an unconditional gift-giver. Giving to others above and beyond what you're paid to do will make your own contributions unique and allow for a human connection that business interactions often seriously lack.

I recommend giving this book as a gift to someone in your life who craves more humanity in their world of work.


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