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Linchpin Leadership

Encouraging students to adopt Seth Godin's linchpin mentality to become indispensable in the work they do.

Jordan Shirkman

on 21 February 2012

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Transcript of Linchpin Leadership

Strengths Asking Why Rejecting Fear + + "Work like you're not afraid to get fired"
-Sarah Evans, Public Relations/New Media Consultant Emotional Labor 1. Providing a unique interface between members of the organization
2. Delivering unique creativity
3. Managing a situation or organization of great complexity
4. Leading customers
5. Inspiring staff
6. Providing deep domain knowledge
7. Possessing a unique talent You're a linchpin if you're... Job Description Automation Doom What are you doing today that linchpins do? Strengths What are you doing today that linchpins never do? Asking Why Linchpin Leadership What do you have? 3 extraordinary letters of rec
A sophisticated project
A reputation that precedes you
A compelling blog
A curated online persona
An award winning presentation
Applying Online Linchpin Jobs Nobody cares how hard you worked. It's not an effort contest,
it's an art contest. Rejecting Fear Write down the last three things you were anxious about failing in. are neither.

Of course they don't exist to help you plan or execute a career. Most of the organizations with booths are bottom fishing, looking for enough willing and able employees to fill established gaps in their companies. This is hiring on the hoof, wholesale filling of average jobs with people trying to be average. Planning a career at a career fair is a little like looking for a soulmate at a singles' bar.

And fair? Hardly. Because there are no average people, right? There are average jobs, certainly, average in that they require people to fit in, do what they're told and follow the manual. I'll grant you that those jobs need to get done, but I'm not sure they have to get done by you.

By the time a job opening hits the career fair, it's a job you don't want. And by the time a job seeker is walking down the aisles, standardized resume in hand, it might be too late for her to find a job that's worthy of her.

Here's to a new, better sort of career fair, one that's selective, interactive, long-term and both career and fair.
Career fairs...
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
-Eleanor Roosevelt Motivators 1. Challenge and responsibility
2. Flexibility
3. A stable work environment
4. Money
5. Professional development
6. Peer recognition
7. Stimulating colleagues and bosses
8. Exciting job content
9. Organizational culture
10. Location and community "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death."
-James F. Byrnes, American Statesman “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
-Jonathan Swift, Author Following Maps Making Maps Put together a boring PowerPoint or your fired.
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