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The Only Must Read Book For You (And Your Organization) This Year

Posted January 21, 2011 8:30 AM by Milo

These past few years have taught us all some valuable lessons. But, we haven't yet recognized the change that these lessons have brought with them. A while back, I found a brilliant description of the change and the lessons laid out in a book. The book is titled Linchpin, written by Seth Godin.

The only MUST READ book for you this year!

Here are three lessons about our new world of work:

Lesson 1: There are fewer and fewer jobs where you can get paid merely for showing up. (Page 23) Instead, progressive shops are looking for people who make a difference - and they are shedding everyone else.

Lesson 2: If you want a job where you get to do more than follow instructions, don't be surprised if you get asked to do things they never taught you to do in school. (Page 30) No one today is looking for people who need to be told what to do. Shops that are busy today are desperate to find talented, courageous, competent people who know what to do.

Lesson 3: For nearly three hundred years, factory owners wanted compliant, low-paid, replaceable workers to run their machines. (Page 7) We just lived through the last two years of management in our precision machining shops doing everything they could to keep their most talented, dare I say it, most indispensable people on the payroll.

We have come through an incredible change in business and manufacturing in the past two years. The days of business success being assured by having a high Percentage of Easily Replaced Laborers (PERL) is over. (Page 10) Low cost labor in Asia and former Eastern Bloc countries win that game hands down. The system of show up, do what they tell you, work hard, keep your head down, fit in, try to be average, stick it out, be part of the system, died an ugly death over these past two years. (By the way, it didn't work so well in junior high either.)

THE SYSTEM HAS CHANGED. You know it as an employee. You know it as an employer. This book explains the change. And how you (and your organization) can thrive in this new reality.

This is not just a book for managers. This is not just a book for employees. This is not just a book for people who want the latest thinking. This book will give you, no matter who you are or what you do, tools you can use to make sense of today's new world of work, and your essential part in it.

Without you...

You have brilliance in you. Your contribution is valuable. What you create is precious. (In our industry, often it saves lives!) Only you can do what you do. Bring your best with you to work. We're counting on you!

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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01/22/2011 5:06 AM

I think it was ever thus.
If you did above and beyond the call of duty and were inovative and idispensible, you always got on.
Unfortunaltely the rug could still get pulled from under your feet from changes at the top, new managers brought in as a new broom who wanted to change the whole focus and didn't recognise your contribution.
That's when it's time to move or ride out the usually short lived new guy.
I agree there are doubtless few proles on the factory floor these days.
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01/22/2011 12:38 PM

Thanks Del. Seems to be the same on both sides of the Atlantic...

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01/22/2011 1:15 PM

Life isn't fair and we don't always get the correct people in leadership of organizations, (look at our Presidency here in the States for a prime example), who will operate for the betterment of the organization regardless of their personal agenda.

One thing to remember is that eventhough the proper, skilled people may be in leadership, they are still fallible and won't make the right decisions every time. And sometimes the wrong people are asked to find a different "bus", as Jim Collins talks about in Good to Great.

The best thing we can do as individuals though is to put the odds in our favor by being the best we can be. By continually learning, growing, improving our skills so we can provide the highest possible value to the organization we are a part of. Some things are out of our control but our attitude is the one thing that can have great impact on how we perform and how others view us.

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01/23/2011 5:15 PM

Thanks. Milo

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