Being A Linchpin in Your World

Seth Godin’s upcoming book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? is scheduled for release January 26, 2010. I have enjoyed reading many of his books over the years, especially Purple Cow and Tribes.

The word linchpin was originally used to define the pin placed transversely through an axle to keep a wheel in position. Without the pin, the wheel would not stay on. Obviously, over time the word has developed other definitions. The linchpin is know as the central cohesive source of support and stability. To be a linchpin is to be the driving force, backbone or mainstay.

Having not yet read the book, or seen the actual content, it is not fair for me to interpret his overall meaning However, I  am thinking that we all need to be a linchpin to be successful and productive.

We can be a linchpin in our own life by:

1) being a life-long learner

2) embracing technology and its frequent adaptations

3) maintaining our creative sides

4)  keeping healthy

5) developing strong social and community networks

6)  trying new things with a willing spirit

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One response to “Being A Linchpin in Your World

  1. Fred

    Terry has a good concept here about being a linchpin. Having worked in large organizations for over 3 decades, I’ve known many linchpins and may from time to time may have served that role myself. What I think is key about a linchpin is that they understand a complex concept, like an observer with a flashlight examining the facets of a pendant diamond, in which the diamond is metaphorically the concept. The diamond will transmit light in different ways depending on which direction you look at the diamond. Yet it’s the same diamond or concept. A linchpin has mastered the concept with his or her own original insights and thus understands and can explain or work with the concept from many different vantage points. Such a person is usually glad to serve as a mentor and becomes indispensable to his or her colleagues. Such a linchpin is usually undervalued in his or her true worth to the organization. Everyone values his or her wisdom and unique insight. When such a linchpin leaves or retires, he or she sets off ripple effects throughout the organization because they have been indispensable. For example, one company I contacted about the redesign of a linear amplifier said they couldn’t do it – at any price – because the original designer was a “linchpin” who’d died! With the baby boomers retiring, this knowledge transfer or losing experienced “linchpins” is a major, critical issue for businesses and institutions, especially if young “linchpins” aren’t working their way up through the ranks.

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