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
- Knows the company in and out. She does her homework and can identify the strengths and weaknesses.
- 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.
Want to learn more about being a linchpin? Check these books out:
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
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