In 2010 Seth Godin published the "Linchpin". I’ve read it few months ago and found it to be fantastic and indispensable (pun intended) resource for thinking about career, delivering results and creating value.
The key concepts of the book make a point that the jobs were you were told what to do are gone now. It’s up to you to find your best path that makes you invaluable.
Who are linchpins
They are the third team, they are not manager nor labour. They are artists providing unique value, crossing the borders and even breaking some of the rules.They hold the organisation together, they are indispensable for any company to grow, to innovate and to move forward. It’s not easy to replace them.
"Godin’s definition of a human linchpin is somebody who works outside of the established rules to achieve unexpected results. They exert emotional effort into their work and create new and innovative products and services. These innovations can be called art, and rightly so." (Seth Godin’s Linchpin: a review)
Why would you like to be a linchpin?
Why in your right mind would you like to challenge things, propose new solutions, do something against the flow? Ask yourself below questions and see what are the responses.
Do you like to work on new projects?
Do you like freedom and ability to choose where you put your attention?
Do you like to be creative and come up with new solutions?
Do you like tinker?
Do you like to push the boundaries and see what’s new?
Do you like to go an extra mile to provide great service or product?
Do you like to make your customers happy?
If you have answered yes to any of those questions than you’re on your way to becoming a linchpin whether your know that or not.
If you think yes would be your answer, where do you see yourself when this pops up in your mind? Now you know how it’s to be a linchpin and why would you like to be one.
How GTD can help you become a linchpin?
Getting Things Done methodology is about creating mind like a water. A state in which you maintain your ultimate focus and clarity about the direction you’re taking. Using various tools and techniques you keep on top of your priorities and goals.
As consequence you’re able to manage your projects, respond to incoming interruptions and requests in a way that allows you make biggest possible impact on your organisation.
Sure it will not always be easy, perhaps it will be more difficult for you than for others. This is a privilege and a consequence of being a linchpin. You venture onto a new territory and you need to create a path on your own.
With greater clarity it’s easier to focus on things that are important and bring you to the ultimate goal. Your project list allows you to define your current a future priorities. Your action list helps you maintain focus and help you make the most of your working day.
All the elements of good self management included in the GTD methodology will help you become indispensable. This is what employers want. They look for people that can work on their own, spot opportunities for improvement and deliver the results.
Where to start?
Start capturing your ideas and thoughts. Keep piece of paper, notepad or a smartphone and write things down.
Make decisions and clarify things. Look for next actions and clear outcomes so ideas can move forward.
Get into habit of tracking things projects, actions, waiting for items.
Review of your commitments. Know where you are with your projects and actions. Don’t aim for emptying lists. Simply review to know your priorities and decide where to put your attention.
Do you see your self as a linchpin? Do you have any tips for people that what to become one?
Please share those in the comments section.