April 27, 2010

Book Review: Linchpin

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

I recently completed Linchpin by Seth Godin.  If you are a regular reader of this blog you are well aware that Seth is one of my favorite bloggers/authors.

1 of my favorite chapters was the Introduction (I realize that it does not count as a real chapter).  It sets the premise for the book.  1 of the primary ideas is that the world is set up to “drum the genius part out.”  He goes on to write “we trade our genius & artistry for apparent stability.”  I definitely see this played out in the church world & in youth ministry.  We try to fit everyone into a box in terms of faith development, personality, creativity, etc.  It’s easier to have a group of adult volunteers & teenagers who all conform to our system.

A few of my favorite quotes from the book:

  • The death of the factory means that the entire system that we built our lives around is now upside down.  This is either a huge opportunity or a giant threat.
  • We trade our genius & artistry for apparent stability.
  • When we try to drill & practice someone into subservient obedience, we’re stamping out the artist that lives within.
  • If he wants a job good enough for his best shot, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever have that job.
  • Organizations under pressure are stuck because their pain makes it hard for them to believe in the future.

Overall it was a good read.  My 1 complaint:  it was just too long.  He could have communicated the same thoughts in about 1/2 the space.


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