Monday, March 15, 2010

Tribes


A first for this blog: Selected quotes from a single book. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin is a leadership book with common sense for all us. Comment to let me know if you like this quote idea or specific quote/s.


A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest & a way to communicate.


Tribes are about faith—about belief in an idea & in a community.


Leadership isn’t difficult, but you’ve been trained for years to avoid it.


Management is manipulating resources to get a known job done.


Boring ideas don’t spread. Ideas that spread win.


(You have) everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.


The question isn’t, Is it possible for me to do that? Now the question is, Will I choose to do that?


What people are afraid of isn’t failure. It’s blame. Criticism. We choose not to be remarkable because we’re worried about criticism.


Changing things... requires bravery.


Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead.


Groups create vacuums—small pockets where stasis sets in, where nothing is happening. Leaders figure out how to step into those vacuums & create motion.


Leadership is a choice. It is a choice to not do nothing.


Leaders change the status quo.


If religion comprises rules you follow, faith is demonstrated by the actions you take.


The religion gets in the way of the faith. Static gets in the way of motion. Rules get in the way of principle.


Faith is critical to all innovation.


The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest is to respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate.


The status quo is persistent & resistant. It exists because everyone wants it to. Everyone believes that what they’ve got is probably better than the risk & fear that come with change.


Initiative is such a successful tool: because it’s rare.


Too many people get “stuck on stupid”.


Einstein said, “Imagination is more important that knowledge.” You can’t manage without knowledge. You can’t lead without imagination.


2 comments:

kimberly said...
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KP said...

We had pre-ordered this book before it was even released... Seth Godin oozes business and leadership wisdom. Thanks for pulling this post together - great stuff!