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Linchpin: are you indispensable?

Author: Godin, Seth Publisher: Portfolio, 2010.Language: EnglishDescription: 244 p. : Ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781591843160Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references
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Linchin Are You Indispensable? Contents A FIRST LOOK AT LINCHPIN The world has changed (again) and the stakes are higher than ever. Now we' re facing a full-fledged revolution--a hypercompetitive world involving art and gifts and fear and the ability for you (for anyone) to make an indispensable contribution to something you care about. If you're not indispensable (yet) it's because you haven't made that choice. My goal is to help you see that the choice is yours. Introduction 1 You are not a faceless cog in the machinery of capitalism (anymore). You now have a choice. This book outlines the two paths available to each of us, and teaches you about why you might be resisting the less-traveled (but better) choice. The New World of Work 7 We have gone from two teams (management and labor) to a third team, the linchpins. These are people who own their own means of production, who can make a difference, lead us, and connect us. The death of the factory means that the entire system we have built our lives around is now upside down. This is either a huge opportunity or a giant threat. Revolutions are frightening because the new benefits sometimes lag behind the old pain. This time, the opportunity is to bring your best self to the marketplace and be rewarded for it. Thinking About Your Choice 28 And it is a choice. A choice to buy into the fear and the system or to chart your own path and create value as you do. It's your job to figure out how to chart the path, because charting the path is the point. Indoctrination: How We Got Here 39 The scam is that just about everything you were taught in school and by the media was an invented myth, a fable designed to prep you to be a compliant worker in the local factory. School exists for a reason, but that reason might not be what you think it is. Becoming the Linchpin 49 The linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen. Every worthwhile institution has indispensable people who make differences like these. Is It Possible to Do Hard Work in a Cubicle? 80 To become indispensable involves doing difficult work. Labor in the best sense of the word. The act of bringing your whole self to work, of engaging in tasks that require maturity and soul and personal strength, and doing it for the right reason. Linchpins are geniuses, artists, and givers of gifts. They bring humanity to the work, they don't leave it at home. The hard work isn't lifting or shoving or sharpening. The hard work is being brave enough to make a difference. The Resistance 101 So, why is this so hard? It turns out that it's biological. Deep within your brain lies the amygdala, the lizard brain. It sets out to sabotage anything that feels threatening, risky, or generous. Until you name, recognize, and deal with the resistance, you will stay frustrated. The Powerful Culture of Gifts 150 Art is a gift. A real gift, not part of a deal, not a transaction entered into with reciprocity in mind. The culture of gifts has a long history on this planet, and understanding how it brings people together is a critical step in becoming indispensable. There Is No Map 174 Indispensable linchpins are not waiting for instructions, but instead, figuring out what to do next. If you have a job where someone tells you what to do next, you've just given up the chance to create value. Making the Choice 189 If value is created by what you choose to do (as opposed to what you were born with), then the essence of becoming a linchpin is a choice. Deciding to overcome the anxiety (false fear) associated with leading and connecting is the choice that few are willing to make. The Culture of Connection 210 Linchpins don't work in a vacuum. Your personality and attitude are more important than the actual work product you create, because indispensable work is work that is connected to others. The Seven Abilities of the Linchpin 218 What does it take to be indispensable, the person they can't live without? When It Doesn't Work 225 There are no guarantees that the marketplace (commerce) will embrace your ideas (art). And when the connection isn't made, blind persistence isn't always the best approach. Summary 231 Today is a turning point, a once-in-a-lifetime moment in time when you get to make a choice. Every day, people like you are choosing to go down a less well-defined path, one in which they make choices and make a difference. It turns out that not only does this fulfill our potential as workers and citizens, it is also precisely what the marketplace demands. Instead of focusing on complying with management as a long-term strategy for getting more stuff and being more secure, we have a chance to describe a powerful vision for our future and to actually make it happen. This new dream isn't about obedience, it's about vision and engagement. Acknowledgments 237 Bibliography 238

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