Tribes

While reading the book Tribes by Seth Godin, I dog-eared a lot of page with statements that spoke to me. Since I’ve since passed the book to John, I wanted to record those important points here. This read fired me up to challenge the status quo. The world doesn’t need more managers, it needs more leaders.

“It turns out that the people who like their jobs the most are also the ones who are doing the best work, making the greatest impact, and changing the most.”

“Skill and attitude are essential. Authority is not, In fact, authority can get in the way.”

“How can I create something that critics will criticize?”

“The difference between backing off and doing nothing may appear subtle, but it’s not. A leader who backs off is making a commitment to the power of the tribe, and is alert to the right moment to step back in. Someone who is doing nothing is merely hiding. Leadership is a choice. It’s a choice to not do nothing.”

“The secret of being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal.”

“If your organization requires success before commitment, it will never have either.”

“Movements need: 1. A narrative that tells a story about who we are and the future we’re trying to build. 2. A connection between and among the leader and the tribe. 3. Something to do- the fewer limits the better.”

“People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves. What leaders do: they give people stories they can tell themselves. Stories about the future and about change.”

Have you read anything by Seth Godin? He’s a new author for me, but I’m definitely excited to read more of his books.

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