Linchpin by Seth Godin – Book Review

My impression after reading this book is that this book has really nice core idea, however this book does not live up to expectations. It does not have coherent flow to take this idea to completion. This book does not come to logical conclusion. While reading last few chapters of the book, It thought if author has written essays about few topics and this book is collection of these essays.

Best part of the book is the concept of linchpin, this is not entirely new concept but author has defined it in better way and have given a name to it – “Linchpin”. But beyond this point, book is primarily summary of many books that author has read, best section of this book is Bibliography.

Here are some of the statements which I liked from the book :

Linchpin are people who flourish where there is no order, no map, they create map of their own and create position of power and value. The linchpins among us are not the ones born with a magical talent. No, they are people who have decided that a new kind of work is important, and trained themselves to do it.

They are not product of a school designer to create him/her.

Someone with passion and energy, capable of seeing things as they are and negotiating multiple priorities as she makes useful decisions without angst. Flexible in the face of change, resilient in the face of confusion.

The distinction between cogs and linchpins is largely one of attitude, not learning.

Linchpins are able to embrace the lack of structure and find a new path, one that works.

She wants to mix it up. She looks for trouble; trouble gives her a chance to delight. The cog is standing by, waiting for instructions.

At the same time author wants to break the structure, for someone who wants to rise in corporate ladder this is not a good advise.

Deadlines? Surely you know someone who is late all the time. Someone who can’t deliver anything of value unless they’ve stalled so much they’ve created an urgency, an emergency that requires mind-blowing effort and adrenaline to deliver. This is not efficient or reliable behavior, and yet they persist. The reason is simple: they can’t push through the common fear of completion unless they can create a greater fear of total failure. The lizard brain is impulsive, but for these people, it’s also capable of choosing the greater risk and avoiding it.

Here are two important screenshot that define Linchpin

The book definitely has some gem of information but its it spurts, reading other parts of the book is nothing short of drudgery.


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