Posts Tagged ‘linchpin’

Create a Library

Problem:

Most people in your group don’t know all the cool stuff you know or haven’t read the latest books.

Solution:

Sometimes it’s hard to have a meaningful conversation with your co-workers because they can’t relate to all the things you’re learning.  So make it as easy as possible for them to gain the same knowledge as you, create a library at your desk.

Some people are very protective of their books (I know I can be, especially the signed ones) but ideas that spread, win, so we should do our part to spread the good ones.

Bring in a handful of your favorite business books, create some kind of a check-out sheet so you know who has it and for how long, and spread the word(s).

At first, they may not all be scrambling to check out your books, so you might have to bring up the ideas in conversations a little more, or apply them in your work and tell people the source.  Then mention, “By the way, I have a copy of that book right at my desk you could check out for a while.”

With a very low barrier for them to get their hands on the actual source, you’ll make the spread of ideas easy.  And you’ll be a source of learning, the person people go to to find the latest thinking.

Plus, if you get a few people to read a book, you’ll have something in common and interesting to talk about.  It’ll bond you as a group in a different way.  You might even be able to start a small movement to implement the things you’ve learned.

That’s good grootship.  That’s being a Linchpin.

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Be Patient

Problem:

Things aren’t changing fast enough for you. Your efforts seem to go unnoticed or without any impact.  The bureaucracy causes everything to take so much longer to get done or implemented.

Solution:

Be patient.  Just because the change is not occuring according to your paradigm doesn’t mean it isn’t occuring.

Have you ever watched a tree grow?  If you sat there and watched it you could get pretty frustrated.  But if you do the things that you know are necessary for it to grow, provide good soil, sunlight, and water, and wait patiently, over time, a nice large tree will appear.  And while one tree is growing, if you do that same work in multiple places, eventually you’ll have a forest.

The problem is that our paradigm or worldview is different than the corporation.  Since it is such a large entity, its perspective of time is much slower.  Just like a fly probably thinks we move really slow.  Its whole life starts and ends in a few days.  You are a fly compared to the corporation.

So don’t get discouraged when things don’t happen at the speed you’d prefer.  If you keep up your effort, keep making a difference, and keep fighting the status quo, eventually you’ll begin to notice the leaves on the tree.  You’ll have developed a reputation of someone to be sought after, a linchpin.  And the corporation will be a little different because of you.  

(pesky little fly)