- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Portfolio (26. April 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1591844096
- ISBN-13: 978-1591844099
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,5 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 9 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 19.631 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. April 2011
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"It's easy to see why people pay to hear what he has to say."
"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."
"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."
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"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."
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Timely new book from US bestselling author, Seth Godin whose previous books include Purple Cow, The Dip and Tribes. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Don't get me wrong, but this book is bad. Its the literary equivalent of the old guy in the bar, sitting next to you and just starts talking.
The author just starts throwing statements at you without even trying to explain them. He talks about art, and fear, work and lizard brains, about the middle class being attacked and the economy changing. The examples aren't very specific and feel made up and the first part is terribly lacking in signs of personal experience.
The book is a tough read. The segmentation of the "chapters" is totally overboarding and the headlines seem to be random sentences that just happen to start the next paragraph. The text isn't even entertaining, funny, tense or anything of that sort. Its exhausting.
Long story short: about 30% in I was about to give it up. There was just that little quote that kept me going:
"If it's easy and risk free, it's unlikely that it's art." I kinda liked it and was hoping for something similar to find in the rest of that mess. It was the part when the author started talking about the Lizard brain and I was like. "Come on! Give me a break!"
I still have no idea what happened... the book wasn't getting better. But somehow I felt I got something the author might want to tell me. At about 52% (still lizard brains) it hit me full force. No idea if it was really in there, but the book guided me to the conclusion: If you are scared, negative and complaining about something, then you are at a border. You are at a border where most people will just stop. Beyond might lie a land of bulls***, risk and maybe even death. But the part that's holding you back can't know. Its primal, its dump and its scared. You have to beat that fear to think about it and see what's out there with your own eyes. Out there are riches, out there is purpose, out there is nearly no competition. So think about the only relevant fact: is it going to kill me? If it isn't... go for it!
Im still stunned. This terrible little book teached me something that other, really good books, tried to, but couldn't. I read so much books that clearly told me that fact, but they didn't make me understand. This book did. Im really glad I didn't stop. I would have missed something very important.
If you think about buying this book: go for it. Don't give up just because its a tough read. Yeah it might be not going anywhere, but at the side of the trip you might find really important stuff the author left there. The old geezer in that bar really has something to tell you and you should listen carefully.
Seth Godin painstakingly explains in Linchpin how the world of work has shifted so that "just doing your job" is a recipe for being dead while you still live . . . and having lots of job insecurity. His solution is for you to care about the results of your work, to reach out to others with your genuine emotions, and to innovate in ways that create something others appreciate . . . whether or not it has immediate economic value. Basically, he's suggesting you become a human being rather than a cog in a bureaucracy or complex process. He calls this being an artist.
I found this aspect of the book to be its main strength: A lot of people don't realize that they need to be innovating in ways that delight other people . . . rather than just pretending they are still in high school and trying to get along by fitting in.
I dislike mechanical metaphors as a way to encourage people to be less machine-like. Linchpin as a metaphor didn't work that well for me. His point is that since everyone else is just going through the motions of following orders, your humanity in seeking to make things better will make you indispensable. It's nice to think that's true, but the book doesn't contain any evidence beyond some anecdotes . . . many of which are about people I've never heard of or read about.
The writing style suggests that a lot of the book is mostly a cut-and-paste job from blogs. If that's the kind of choppy writing that appeals to you, you'll like this book better than I did. I thought it could have used a good editor. Why? You have to read a long time before he gets around to defining a lot of his concepts. In the meantime, you are wondering what he's trying to tell you.
A solution for this lack of orderly development of his ideas is to start with the drawing on page 230 and go on to read the summary that follows. Then, go back and read the book from front to back. It will make a lot more sense that way.
Despite the book's weaknesses, if you haven't decided to make the world a better place by being a caring innovator, you need this book. Get a copy and read it . . . and keep reading it until the point sinks in. I think it eventually will.
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