Understanding the law of “Linchpin Leverage”

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The law of Linchpin leverage states that:

The more value you create in your job , the fewer clock minutes of labor you actually spend creating the value”

This separates a Linchpin from the GOOD

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin

“Great teachers” in schools is the need of the hour

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Good teachers in schools teach students to obey rules and ensure compliance.This education is perfectly suited for grooming a group of well trained factory workers.

In the modern age of a knowledge worker to groom “Linchpins” requires Great Teachers who teach the below most important aspects:

1) Solving INTERESTING problems

2) Leadership traits

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin

What goes into a “Linchpin’s” persona

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The image below adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin aptly highlights the ingredients of a Linchpin’s persona.

Noteworthy is the fact that a Prodigy is NOT a Linchpin

How does a Linchpin see the world?

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“The linchpin sees the world very differently.

Exceptional insight , productivity and generosity make markets bigger and more efficient.

This situation leads to more opportunities and ultimately a payoff for everyone involved.

The more a Linchpin gives , the more the market gives.

Abundance is thus possible but only if we imagine it and then embrace it.”

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin

One big truth about a “Linchpin”

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“In every case the linchpins among us are NOT the ones born with a magical talent.

They are people who have gone out of their comfort zone , who have decided that a new kind of work is important and hence trained themselves to do it.”

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin.

A Linchpin is indispensable

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“You do not become indispensable merely because you are different.

But the only way to be indispensable is to be different.

That is because if you are the same so are plenty of other people.”

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin.

How the factory model is irrelevant in the modern era

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When labor is dependent on management for the factory and the machines and the systems they use to do their work , the relationship would have issues associated with power and control.

This way the factory needs labor for sure but labor needs a factory.In the factory age therefore it has always been easier for the management to replace labor than for labor to find a factory.

In the modern era of the hyper connected world however the means of production = a laptop computer with internet connectivity.

A mere thousand dollars of investment and a modern day knowledge worker gets an entire factory.

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin.

The “Rule of Ordinary People”

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This is the business model adopted by finite minded factory model oriented organizations.

The business model is:

The model will be operated by people with the lowest possible level of skill”

Adopted from Seth Godin’s book Linchpin , outlunes why such environments are graveyard for innovative people