Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us Hardcover – Oct 16 2008
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Godin's simple manifesto for success and happiness is inspiring. FINANCIAL TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a sought-after lecturer, a monthly columnist for Fast Company, and an all-around business gadfly. He’s the bestselling author of Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Ideavirus, The Big Red Fez, Survival Is Not Enough, and Purple Cow.
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The book's substance is rather thin beyond the few examples and rants.
Here it is:
People are turned into a tribe by "a shared interest" and "a way to communicate" ("leader to tribe, tribe to leader, tribe member to tribe member, and tribe member to outsider"). A leader increases effectiveness for the people by
"transforming the shared interest into a passionate goal and desire for change;
"providing tools to allow members to tighten their communications; and
"leveraging the tribe to allow it to grow and gain new members."
As you can see, he's describing the way causes, nonprofits, political pressure groups, and save the world organizations operate.
Some will be offended by the rants. For example, he takes off rather hard on all religions while being all in favor of faith that you can accomplish whatever you want. There's no real basis for his position other than generalities about how no religions ever favor any changes. Well, if that were the case, there would still be rampant slavery in many nations. It was religious organizations that led the antislavery movement from the beginning.
Mr. Godin is very well informed about things that happened recently on the Internet (or in his own life), but he doesn't seem to have a broader understanding of leadership or change leadership.Read more ›
My biggest take away from the book was that we need to stop worrying about credit. We should be trying to create movements that people want to pass on to others, not trying to create a name for ourselves that people will pass onto others (tho that is defiantly a good side affect of doing it right). So stop being the face of nothing and be the leader of something.
The author is great, but this is not the best of his work ( IMHO ).
The same theme and message is being repeated over and over, without much of elaboration.
In this context, I am reminded of a passage from Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching:
"Learn from the people
Plan with the people
Begin with what they have
Build on what they know
Of the best leaders
When the task is accomplished
The people will remark
We have done it ourselves. "
This is precisely what Godin has in mind when asserting that great leaders "create movements by empowering the tribe [i.e. those with a shared interest] to communicate. They establish the foundation for people to make connections, as opposed to commanding people to follow." The communication to which he refers is between and among the leader and members of a tribe who are connected by a shared interest, a common cause (i.e.Read more ›
The second best line in the book is "Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't to escape from."
He challenges us to step up, and lead the change away from status quo. He also challenges us to rethink what it means to be a leader.
I think that is a great concept. And, I think it's a message worth spreading even though I really don't believe that everyone should be a leader. But I do believe that change is good, and we need more change, especially inside many of the organizations in the country (auto manufacturers maybe?!).
If you've never read Seth Godin's work before... don't start with this book. "The Dip", "The Purple Cow" and even the free one "Bootstrapper's Bible" are better reads.
That said, every books speaks to every person different depending on where they are in their lives. So, if you're a fan of Godin, read the book. And, maybe it will speak to you more than it spoke to me.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is too broad! A lot of short concepts that are easy to understand but hard to link them together... No table of contentPublished 6 months ago by Minh
Good book, no new info than what's already out there...but I like Seth's writing style none-the-less.Published 12 months ago by Tanya Plummer-Saunders
If you possess content, charisma, and commitment then you can lead. For the other "c's" needed you will have to read the book.Published 13 months ago by Roger Jenkins
But a tribe of likeminded people that share a similar niche or interest in something. Tribes describes how necessary it is to build a tribe of your own and lead or join a tribe... Read morePublished on April 15 2014 by Christopher Shoesmith
So true. I thought I was alone with how I was leading but this book confirms what I have been doing and feeling as a leader. Bravo and spot on.Published on March 3 2014 by Mark Loewen
It's a quick and easy read. It has good tips for anyone who wants to make a difference, and become a leader in any given field.Published on Nov. 22 2013 by Kathleen Black