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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,223 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Seth Godin Narrator: Seth Godin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307704085
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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.” Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Angerer | 2/20/2014

    " I found this book profoundly redundant. The concept was weak - cogs are as important to the sucessful functioning of any system as the linchpins. The whole book could have been more effectively presented in a single (rather boring) article. However, the discussion it sparked in my work group was very interesting. I would have prefered to have wasted less of my life on the book and more in the resulting conversation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/11/2014

    " Read this for my work book group. A lot of great ideas on living up to your own potential and a lot to digest- a book you can study! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Swavek B | 2/6/2014

    " Couldn't get through the first quarter of the book. If there are good non-obvious ideas in it, I just couldn't see them past the "you are so brilliant, and this world has sapped your creativity from you, and all your problems are somebody else's fault" nonsense. People used to work in factories and took orders and now they have to take initiative to be successful. Yep, I think most of us already know that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy Nickerson | 1/31/2014

    " A life-altering book if you let it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Grant | 1/28/2014

    " An optional-read book on how to stay motivated as you manage your career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Schweitzer | 1/22/2014

    " Seth Godin inspires workers in any position to be the best they can be at what they do. Some of his advice might get you fired, but it might be worth the risk. As a freelancer, I found the risk taking portions of the book encouraging and motivational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Balint Erdi | 1/19/2014

    " One of those books that make you act differently (in a better way) than you had done before. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leeroy Jenkins | 1/19/2014

    " Meh, it was chock full of crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 12/31/2013

    " Great read to get people thinking about which path they want to take in their careers/lives. Also a good look at the realities of work today - not depending on the same ways of old. Because even what passed as "good enough" isn't actually good enough anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Omer Faruk | 12/3/2013

    " Nice book. I had good time while reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/25/2013

    " Repetitive but I do agree with the main messages. Needed a good editor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Robertson | 8/16/2013

    " Forget self-help or motivational books. This is the only kick in the pants you need "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Belchak | 5/27/2013

    " Highly repetitive, but I guess it's necessary to get you to get his point. Gives you a lot to think about, and was actually a really great follow-up read to Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graha Bayu | 11/27/2012

    " good book, seth godin did it again. bravo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/18/2012

    " This is such a great book in so many ways. Challenging and thought provoking. I'll be reading it again and again. Will get you asking... why haven't I started? And then dismantle the excuses you you come up with. I'm excited to ship! #dminlgp "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Okorrigmail.com | 6/13/2012

    " Long story for a simple and repeated concept "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ignacio sagone | 4/24/2012

    " es un libro increible! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 3/28/2012

    " Another great outside the box read from Seth Godin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Linkov | 1/31/2012

    " A mash up of "Purple Cow" and other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tejinder | 1/15/2012

    " Great book to teach you how good is no more good enough to survive in the new world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige O'Connell | 9/17/2011

    " Very good, and thought provoking. Have to read it a second time, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 xdroot | 6/14/2011

    " more a manifesto than a to-do, it makes for inspiring reading. especially choosing to bring your passion to your job rather than always thinking you need to find a job to match your passion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 5/23/2011

    " I think that this is one of the best business/life/spiritual books out there and I've read a ton. Seth is a brilliant writer and knows how to write from a place that speaks to everyone.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/22/2011

    " I devoured this book. Read this now or before you look for your next job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 5/17/2011

    " I loved this book. I look forward to putting my heart into my art and giving the gift of my best work for the rest of my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 5/12/2011

    " Thought-provoking and motivating. Makes you realize that work can and should be art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.K. | 5/11/2011

    " Best marketing mind of our generation. EVERY writer should follow Seth Godin if they want to stay current with the changing face of publishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/2/2011

    " Fun business book that will make you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 4/29/2011

    " A fascinating read on work as art in the post-industrial economy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/29/2011

    " The writing style is really grating which means I must like the content as I finished reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enrique | 4/26/2011

    " This is most certainly a non-conventional wisdom book that will have you rethink your role within an organization! If you are a top contributor (an artist in delivering) how well will you fit in an organization that is composed of lowest-cost compliant workers (cogs in the production line)? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabe | 4/26/2011

    " Don't let the stupid pop-business-book subtitle and cover fool you. This is a fantastic (if disjointed) riff on the way business has changed in the last twenty years and great inspiration for anyone who wants to make change that matters, whether in their current job or on their own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 4/11/2011

    " feels like the ideas so far out of reach. but Godin makes you into an artist. page by page. argument by argument. "

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About the Author
Author Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the former Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo! and the founder of Squidoo.com. His blog is one of the most popular marketing blogs in the world. Godin is the author of over a dozen books, all of which have been bestsellers. Notable titles include Tribe: We Need You to Lead UsPoke the Box, and Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable. He has been a speaker at numerous large companies nationwide, including Disney, Cadillac, eBay, Google, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, and many others.