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


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


A linchpin is part of a company’s knowledge base. She studies the fine print, goes the extra mile to learn her job, and seek to understand the market structure.


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


How to identify a linchpin

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


  • Gets to know the masters, the troublemakers, and the game-changers. She knows who owns the power and who is wrecking the boat.
  • Understands the clientele very well and positions herself by making strategic decisions based on the trends.
  • Listens carefully and speaks last. But everyone wants to hear what a linchpin has to say. In fact, most colleagues are curious to know her thoughts on 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 that can help you become one— in your line of work.


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The coach
Coach Teddy Edouard is a lifelong learner, public speaker, writer, blogger and vlogger. He is the founder of Coaching for Better Learning, where he helps people and institutions build systems that lead to lasting improvement, growth, and success. He also teaches professionals how to protect their careers and use artificial intelligence (AI) as a career improvement ally.

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