How to Know which Employee is the Linchpin in your Office or Department



What is a linchpin, you may ask? Google Dictionary defines it this way: “a person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization.”


In other words, the linchpin is part of the company’s knowledge base. She studies the fine  print and goes the extra mile to learn the company and the market deep structure.


Obviously, both staff and customers notice when she’s not there, and she is missed when she is away.


How to identify the linchpin


Now that you understand the term, are you a linchpin? See, the linchpin makes art—remarkable work. For example, she


  • Gets to know the masters, the troublemakers, and the game-changers. She’s able to tell who owns the power and who is wrecking the boat.
  • Understands the market and the target clientele very well, and positions herself and makes decisions strategically based on the trends.
  • Listens carefully and speaks last. But everyone wants to hear what she has to say. As a matter of fact, most colleagues are curious to know what she thinks about every issue, trend, or challenge.


Does this sound like you? If it does, you are a linchpin. Bravo! Keep being remarkable. If it doesn’t, find yourself a coach before it’s too late.


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The coach
Coach Teddy Edouard develops Continuous Improvement(CI) processes and systems to help individuals and companies increase productivity, reach peak performance, maximize their impact, and save time, resources and energy.

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