Just Read – Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

December is here, but it doesnt look like the usual relaxed month.  Work is still at its peak.  Am busy as ever.

Linchpin is the first ever Seth Godin book that i have read.  Though am not really a fan of self-improvement books and generally stay away from it.  I had seen quite a few of his talk videos on TED and loved it.

Godin speaks about shunning doing things the regular way and trying to be an Linchpin at the place of work.  Someone who should become indispensable to the place you work in.

According to Godin, a Linchpin is somebody in an organization who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced—her role is just far too unique and valuable. And then he goes on to say, well, seriously folks, you need to be one of these people, you really do. To not be one is economic and career suicide.

Linchpin is a most unusual, well-organized, concise book about what it takes to become indispensable in the workplace – whether you work for someone else (at any level) or are self-employed. It’s about how business has rapidly changed and how treating employees like factory workers (or doing your job like one) doesn’t work any longer. We must make choices and take action to “chart our own paths” and add value that others do not. We cannot wait for a boss or a job description to tell us what to do, rather we must just take the initiative ourselves. Only then can we become indispensable “linchpins,” rather than replaceable “cogs.” There are so many fantastic quotes in the book too.

“You don’t become indispensable merely because you are different. But the only way to become indispensable is to be different. That’s because if you’re the same, so are plenty of other people.”

source: Amazon

I did find the book a tad repetitive.  Neverthless its a good read.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Author – Seth Godin
Pages – 256
Publisher – Portfolio Hardcover