seth godin is brilliant, in my estimation, for several reasons. the most reason reason being his method for releasing his latest book. for a set donation to a charity of his choice i was able to receive an advanced copy of his latest book ‘linchpin’. the donation was roughly the price of a book that i would have bought anyway and it makes me feel charitable…cheers seth 🙂 as far as the book itself, godin has an interesting way of writing and while reading tribes i wasn’t able to put my finger on it, the book just worked well for reading in short bursts. i didn’t give it much thought past that, however after starting linchpin and thinking a bit more about it, it seems to me that each entry he writes sort of stands on its own and i could see his book being a collection of blog postings as much as a book. don’t get me wrong, they work well together but i wonder if that is a commentary on literacy in 2010. perhaps i’ve conditioned myself to read in short bursts like i find in time magazine or blogs that i read. the book itself is interesting and certainly food for thought. am i indispensable? what do linchpins do and how does that change the way jobs that look like glorified automation function? good stuff.
our team had a little foray into the myers briggs test and after it was all said and done i left thinking about a silly question i used to ask my students: would you rather win an olympic medal as an individual or as part of a team. hands down, my answer is team. i don’t like the spotlight, but i thoroughly enjoy when i find myself part of a team that achieves excellence. i suppose it could have to do with having someone else to share the experience with, but i’m not sure my reasons would skew so touchy-feely. i just like being part of a ‘well oiled machine’ to use the cliche. i’m not sure what part of the myers briggs test got me thinking in this way, but i believe a persons answer to that question about the olympic medal says something about them.