I just finished reading Linchpin by Seth Godin.  To say I found the book a great read would be an understatement.  In fact, I would say this is one of the most important books I read in quite a while.  I would recommend this book to anyone.

In the book Seth challenges you to give up living an ordinary, mundane life and become someone who is remarkable.  He challenges you to be extraordinary, which results in you becoming indispensable…a linchpin.

One quick thought from the book as a tease…

“Would your organization be more successful if your employees were more obedient?  Or consider for a second: would you be more successful if your employees artistic, motivated, connected, aware, passionate and genuine?  You can’t have both of course.”

You can have people who follow the rules precisely and do exactly what is asked of them, or you can have people with passion and energy.  People who don’t just appease the status quo, but who wants to take the organization beyond where it is at now.

Again, I would recommend the book to anyone.  You can pick up a copy at Amazon.