29 September 2010

Linchpin – indispensable reading

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Linchpin – Are You Indispensable? has book format, but in fact is a gift, a piece of art. It has been a long time that a book didn’t spark me so much. I started reading it around 10pm and I couldn’t sleep, even when I forced myself to bed at 1am. The thoughts, the ideas, the possibilities (within myself!) that the book unlocked is just comparable to a good kick out the nest that a mother eagle might give to its baby eagles.

Linchpin is a manifesto of greatness – not to get more money, not to get rewarded, not for any selfish other reason, but just because we can be amazing artists and give gifts that change the world into a better place.
A linchpin is an artist that gives away the gift of her art. But we are not talking about painters (not only at least – a painter can also be a factory worker, following the rules and the regulations, the exact opposite of linchpin).

Linchpins are doing their art everywhere and they are indispensable. It’s art when you call the customer service and that person treats you like a human being, it’s art when you don’t listen to the lizard brain and put that new idea in practice at work, it’s art when someone solves problems that no one even identified, it’s art when a designer shows us how amazing it can be to have something that is more than a phone. Linchpins are the people who are leaders, not managers, not employees, not factory workers – and, first of all, they lead themselves, so they can lead the world to great things. The best part is that anyone can become a linchpin. Some people might not want, but certainly can.

That’s my gift to you. I hope it sparks your curiosity enough for you to buy it, borrow it in the local library (or from me!), download it in iTunes or even – coff coff – go for an illegal way of getting it. Just don’t let the factory crush what you can be. Unleash your potential and become a linchpin – you will be happier as a side effect.


  1. Seth should pay you money for such a great promotion :)

    I'm going to take the book from library :)

  2. Quoting him in several of his previous books:

    Ideas that spread, win.

    I am happy you will go for it, you will understand me then :)

  3. Great recommendation. Thanks.

    How come you find this book inspiring? Do you consider it relevant in order to drive organisational change?

    I'd be happy to hear more about your thoughts on this. :)

  4. Hey, Vegard, what´s up? Nice blog you got there, I added it to my google reader.

    On your comment:

    It is inspiring because it pushes you to action, to act differently (maybe to think differently - and then acting accordingly). It´s about taking an active role in making the world better, in doing what you like (and doing it because you enjoy it, not because you receive a reward back). That makes a lot of sense for a guy like me that spent 5 years in a volunteer organization.

    For sure it´s useful for organizational change, but it is basically about individual change, that leads to self/organizational/world change.

    If the world would have more linchpins, it would be a better and happier place. And the best part is that anyone can be a linchpin. How can you not be inspired by this? :)

    I wish you a happy reading - and if you wish I can lend you mine.

  5. Sergio, it has been a real gift for me!

    this book is a great source of inspiration and a kick off !!!

    thank you1!!!

  6. No better thank you than going for the linchpin approach :)


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