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Author: Seth Godin Narrator: Seth Godin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307713209
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • It's easy to see why people pay to hear what he has to say. Time
  • Thousands of authors write business books every year, but only a handful reach star status and the A-list lecture circuit. Fewer still-one, to be exact-can boast his own action figure. . . . Godin delivers his combination of counterintuitive thinking and a great sense of fun. BusinessWeek
  • This book is a gift. Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder, The Acumen Fund
  • If Seth Godin didn't exist we'd need to invent him-that's how indispensable he is! You hold in your hands a compelling, accessible, and purpose-filled book. Read it, and do yourself a big favor. Your future will thank you! Alan Webber, Founder, Fast Company
  • This is what the future of work (and the world) looks like. Actually, it's already happening around you. Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com
  • Thousands of authors write business books every year, but only a handful reach star status and the A-list lecture circuit. Fewer still - one, to be exact - can boast his own action figure....Godin delivers his combination of counterintuitive thinking and a great sense of fun. BusinessWeek

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guilherme | 2/11/2014

    " Just what i needed to read in this moment. Seth is brilliant and I recommend this book for everyone who wants to make a difference in your life, community or whatever they want it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/8/2014

    " The book has some interesting concepts but is too long winded. I like the message of taking chances and fighting mediocrity, but I got bored half way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darrell | 1/25/2014

    " Not sure about this one. Mixed opinions here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 1/25/2014

    " This book resonated with/made me uncomfortable/challenged me on about 12 different levels at the same time. Really hits on and underlines what it means to be an artist/indispensable/worship daily/be generous/engage more humanly/do emotional labor. About pushing against barriers you impose on yourself and others impose on you. About giving gifts w/o any expectation of reciprocation. About shipping and creating connections between people. Spectacular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ignacio | 1/20/2014

    " es un libro increible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 1/5/2014

    " This is a decent book with some interesting insights. Many of the suggestions are common sense while other insights are uniquely Seth Godin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/4/2014

    " This is one to keep. Pithy observations and heartfelt encouragement to give your art to the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 12/26/2013

    " "Internet is crack cocaine for the resistance." ~ Godin "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 11/27/2013

    " "Excellent and personal book from Seth Godin. If you're struggling with where to head in regard to your future and career, I recommend this book strongly." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/25/2013

    " Good book, more of a bathroom reader as it's a massive series of snippets, not entirely coherent. But lots of good points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/22/2013

    " Godin has some good ideas for people who want to become indispensable in their organization. My biggest complaint is the repetition of key ideas - this book could have been condensed into about 35 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/13/2013

    " Godin doles out solid, sensible advice for those looking to find their place in the modern workforce. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anders | 7/26/2013

    " As always with the writings of Seth Godin, the book Linchip is a 'most read' as I see it. There's truly hope for mankind with great thinker and writers like Seth! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 12/17/2012

    " This book is no get rich quick or promoted this quarter manual. It's solid, candid and direct advice on how to navigate in a career or business pursuit within today's corporatized, stale economy. It dramatically changed how I approach my employment and daily work. I'm grateful to have read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcin | 11/23/2012

    " Strange, I really feel like I'm already following Seth's advice yet still have far to go to do art! Read it to become an indispensable linchpin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Babak | 11/19/2012

    " Some good points in there but mostly things you can find in older classical self-help books. Positive: Quite motivational. Negative: As usual, when you find out you cannot reach the heights described in the book you start feeling like shit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dene | 11/1/2012

    " I would consider this book important reading material for many, especially with the reality of job security and the changing landscape of business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 11/29/2011

    " One of Seth's best... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/1/2011

    " As my friend Doug says, if you're only going to read one Seth Godin book -- and you should only read one -- this is it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bjorn | 10/16/2011

    " Everyone should learn to be a Linchpin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 9/6/2011

    " Seth Godin offers great advice regardless of your age. However, if you happen to be a college student (like myself) then it's essential. In this economy, employers view their employees as an investment. This book covers how to become the sort of investment that employers find difficult to turn down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tihomir | 9/2/2011

    " Pretty good book with a lot of useful thoughts. Definitely I will try to adapt as mush as I can. "

  • 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. "

About the Author

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.