Linchpin

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, “the linchpins.” These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen and create order out of chaos. They love their work, pour their best selves into it and turn each day into a kind of art.

Author Seth Godin, CEO of Squidoo.com, explains that linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous, but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom.

Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.

The world has changed (again) and the stakes are higher than ever. Now we’re facing a full-fledged revolution — a hypercompetitive world involving arts and gifts and fear and the ability for you (or 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. Linchpin will help you see that the choice is yours.

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