Since the Industrial Revolution, the automation and mechanization of the workplace have been the greatest adversary of the blue-collar laborer. Over a century later, the white-collar sector finds itself in a similar situation. The evolution and innovation of business software and other technologies to accomplish everything from administrative assistance to complex data processing has outmoded the need for a litany of office jobs once considered essential. The apparent obsolesce of manpower in the workplace has engendered an environment of digital Ludditism, with many laid-off employees disparaging progress in the name of their own economic well-being.
In his inspirational, self-help book Linchpin, the ever-eloquent Seth Godin imparts that the remedy to this paradigm shift is not the suppression of technology, but personal discovery and definition of one’s own unique impact within an organization. Godin characterizes a Linchpin as a mover and shaker within an organization who capitalizes on new challenges, inspires others and transforms a workspace into a positively galvanizing place.
The book encourages its readers to be indispensable to their place of work by simply being the best that they can be. Everyone is different, and as trite as that may sound, it is the recognition of one’s distinctive specialties that immunize them to the threat of disuse. The key to becoming a Linchpin, in Godin’s view, is not so much adaptation to incessant change, but ability to become a force of change within a work environment.
At Knack Training, we conduct business with a singular goal in mind: to help make anyone we touch the very best at what they do. While our unique strength is guiding people in the use of technologies that some would claim have disenfranchised many hard workers, it is our belief that a new skill (or knack) is perhaps the greatest source of intrinsic inspiration to become the best version of one’s self.
If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to success, you will be disappointed by this book. However, if you relish the chance for self-reflection on personal value and your career trajectory, we highly recommend Seth Godin’s Linchpin regardless of your status or title. Image Source: Amazon.com