I just finished reading Linchpin – Are You Indispensable? by Steh Godin. A Linchpin as the author defines him/her is a person “who owns their own means of production, who can make a difference, lead us, and connect us.”
Such individuals are indispensable to the organizations that they work for – and help drive and deliver outstanding value. The book goes on to explain what makes, and drives Linchpins and how they execute and deliver. The main focus is how these employees are artists rather than machinist workers and as such they deliver fluid gifts as opposed to trades to their organization.
The central idea/concept presented within the book is one which will continue to drive our future careers. From a written piece perspective, I personally felt that some sections of the book could have been further compressed without loosing the essence of the ideas being presented. Overall a good read!
Below are excerpts from this books that I found particularly insightful:
1- “Abundance is possible, but only if we can imagine it and then embrace it.”
2- “Organizations that earn dramatic success always do it in markets where asymptotes don’t exist, or where they can be shattered.”
3- “Work motivation factors (top ten in order): 1-Challenge and responsibility 2- Flexibility 3- A stable work environment 4- Money 5- Professional development 6- Peer recognition 7-Stimulating colleagues and bosses 8- Exciting job content 9-Organizational culture 10- Location and community.”
4- “The hybrid economy we’re living in today is blending the idea of capitalism (“do your job and I won’t fire you”) and the git of economy (“wow, this is amazing”).”
5- “Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. An artist is an individual who creates art. The more people you change, the more you change them, the more effective your art is. Art is not related to craft except to the extent that the craft helps deliver the change. Technical skill might be a helpful component in making art, but it’s certainly not required. Art doesn’t have to be decorative; it can be useful as long as the use causes change.”
6- “A trade leaves things as they were, with no external surplus. A gift always creates a surplus as it spreads.”
7- “The people you work with won’t change if you don’t believe. The communication and leadership starts with the gift you give, not with the manipulation you attempt.”
8- “Here is one way to think about the list of what makes you indispensable: 1- Providing a unique interface between members of the organization 2- Delivering unique creativity 3- Managing a situation or organization of great complexity 4- Leading customers 5- Inspiring staff 6-Providing deep domain knowledge 7- Possessing a unique talent”
9- “The vivid truth is this: now that we have the freedom to create, we must embrace the fact that not all creations are equal, and some people aren’t going to win. That doesn’t mean you’re a loser. It might mean that you’re making the wrong art, drawing the wrong map. If your’re not winning as a stick-broker, perhaps your art lies somewhere else. The challenge lies in knowing your market and yourself well enough to see the truth.”