Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

By Seth Godin

The bestselling author of "Tribes" and "The Dip" returns with his most powerful book yet in which he explores why some people make a difference in their fields--and others don't.


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Book Information

Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 01/26/2010
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9781591843160
ISBN-10: 1591843162
Language: English

What We're Saying

December 02, 2009

Seth Godin is constantly dreaming of new possibilities to disseminate ideas and do business right. In support of his latest book, he has created a truly ingenious offer, one that helps spread his ideas while supporting a noble and worthy cause. The first 3,000 people to give a donation of $30 or more to Acumen Fund will receive a copy of his upcoming book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 30, 2010

This year saw a big development in our monthly bestseller lists, as Inc. magazine decided to partner with us to spread the word about what books businesspeople are purchasing for themselves and their teams. Thus was born the Inc. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 28, 2010

Business book expert (and former president of 800-CEO-READ) Todd Sattersten has picked his top 10 business books of the year. We agree heartily with his list--a mix of big idea books and practical methodology--and think that you can't go wrong choosing any of these fine books as a blueprint for your business goals in 2011. Todd's Top 10: Drive by Dan Pink Switch by Chip and Dan Heath Linchpin by Seth Godin Rafi Mohammed's The 1% Windfall William Poundstone's Priceless Youngme Moon: Different Lisa Gansky: The Mesh The Big Short by Michael Lewis Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From Gamestorming: by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo Click over to Todd's blog to read more about each of his picks. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 04, 2010

Amazon has announced their Best of 2010 list, and a business book cracked the top 10 overall choices. Michael Lewis's The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine barely did so, coming in at number 10. (Two other books in the top ten that may appeal to nonfiction readers are The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, which came in at numbers one and five respectively. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 15, 2010

What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, Viking Books, 416 pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, October 2010, ISBN 9780670022151 in-its-entirety issue—technology. Business changes. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 27, 2010

We're nearing the first anniversary of our Big Brain Business Book Club. For the past four quarters, we've sent out the best picks from the newest books. There have been books from a well-known Fortune 500 CEO, a man you know by name, an urban studies theorist who focuses on creativity in cities, a jack of all trades who speaks to innovation, and a few more. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 20, 2010

Seth Godin's Insubordinate

Book Review by Porchlight

Seth Godin is a revolutionary—in the best sense of that word. Consider his message at the beginning of Insubordinate—his new(ish) addendum to Linchpin. The opportunities to make change are bigger and more attractive than ever before. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 02, 2010

Being Irreplaceable

By Porchlight

As the economy and job market continue to climb back on their feet, a few books have been published that address the 'survivors' on a personal level, the most notable being Seth Godin's Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? In it, the author describes the characteristics that define a person who brings value to the work, groups, and experiences they are involved in. On one hand a personal development book, on the other hand, it's an economic development book, as it addresses how we as individuals can contribute to turning things around for the companies we work for in the process. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 10, 2010

Books can do a lot for us: inspire, teach, jolt, enlighten. They can be a call to action, but they can't actually make us act. You have to find the gumption to do that on your own. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 03, 2010


By Porchlight

Check this out - our friends at HarperStudio are co-hosting a killer event in NYC on April 20th, featuring Gary Vaynerchuk, Anna Bernaseck, Tom Peters (! ), Michael Eisner, and moderated by the one and only Seth Godin. The event is called Re-set and with a lineup like this, which will literally re-set how you think about your business, you'd likely expect to pay waaaay more than what they're asking. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 27, 2010

In an effort to bring awareness to the wonderful work that Acumen Fund continues to do around the world, Seth Godin and 800-CEO-READ have created a special offer. We are going to give you a free copy of Jacqueline Novogratz's (the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund) The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World when you buy two copies of Seth's latest book, Linchpin. Not to sound too much like an infomercial, but this offer really is only available while the stock (of around 200) we have here lasts, and Seth already announced it this morning, so hustle up and get in on it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 15, 2010

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin, Portfolio, 256 pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, January 2010, ISBN 9781591843160 Seth Godin has a high opinion of you. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 04, 2010

Seth Godin's new book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? will be released later this month, but if you order it from 800ceoread now, not only will you receive 40% off the list price, but the first 20 people who order 50 copies or more will receive the rare Seth Godin Box. The boxed set includes five of Seth's most popular books in a handsome display box. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 06, 2011

➻ Cory Doctorow has laid out an interesting chronology of intellectual property rights since the first part of the 20th century for The Guardian's Comment Is Free interview series. Arguing that Every pirate wants to be an admiral, he tells a story that begins with sheet music composers and ends with the Internet about how elements of every innovation are seen as piracy until they become the mainstream, at which time they begin accusing the next generation of innovators of piracy. Stating at the beginning of the video that "The way to increase the health of the cultural realm is to allow more people to participate in it in more ways," he ends with anxiety that, for the first time in history, lawmakers may end up on the wrong side of the debate between the so-called "pirates" and supposed "admirals. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 14, 2015

Jessica Hagy has taken Sun Tsu's classic and put her illustrative slant on it. The result is The Art of War Visualized. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

Full Description

This life-changing manifesto shows how you have the potential to make a huge difference wherever you are. Few authors have had the kind of lasting impact and global reach that Seth Godin has had. In a series of now-classic books that have been translated into 36 languages and reached millions of readers around the world, he has taught generations of readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. In Linchpin, he turns his attention to the individual, and explains how anyone can make a significant impact within their organization. There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people 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. 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. Linchpin will show you how to join the likes of... - Keith Johnson, who scours flea markets across the country to fill Anthropologie stores with unique pieces.
- Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer who got his dream job at 37signals without a résumé.
- David, who works at Dean and Deluca coffee shop in New York. He sees every customer interaction as a chance to give a gift and is cherished in return. 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."

About the Author

Seth Godin is the author of more than a dozen bestsellers that have changed the way people think about marketing, leadership, and change, including Permission Marketing , Purple Cow , All Marketers Are Liars , Small is the New Big , The Dip , Tribes , Linchpin , and Poke the Box.

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