“Making the choice
If value is created by what you choose to do (as opposed to what you were born with), then the essence of becoming a linchpin is s choice. Deciding to overcome the anxiety (false fear) associated with leading and connecting is the choice that few are willing to make.
The culture of connection
Linchpins don’t work in a vacuum. Your personality and attitude are more important than the actual work product you create, because indispensable work is work that is connected to others.
The seven abilities of the linchpin
What does it take to be indispensable, the person they can’t live without?
When it doesn’t work
There are no guarantee that the marketplace (commerce) will embrace your ideas (art). And when the connection isn’t made, blind persistence isn’t always the best approach.
Today is a turning point, a once-in-lifetime moment in time when you get to make a choice.
Every day, people like you are choosing to go down a less well-defined path, one in which they make choices and make a difference. It turns out that not only does this fulfill our potential as workers and citizens, it is also precisely what the marketplace demands. Instead of focusing on complying with management as a long-term strategy for getting mroe stuff and being more secure, we have a chance to describe a powerful vision for our future and to actually make it happen. This new dream isn’t about obedience, it’s about vision and engagement.”