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Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us Hardcover – October 16, 2008
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aFormer U.S. senator Bill Bradley
?"Tribes" is a must read for all of us. It's up to each one of us to lead in today's new kind of world.?
?Former U.S. senator Bill Bradley
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My initial perception was that Tribes was a book about leadership. If you're looking for a book that teaches you how to lead, you would likely be disappointed in Tribes. My new view is that Tribes is meant to inspire people to lead, rather than teach them to lead. There's a big difference.
Did you have a class in school where the teacher simply presented the material in the textbook, you read it, took a quiz and that was it. If you were good at rote memorization, you probably got a good grade in that class. But were you inspired to learn more about that subject? I'll confess, my only motivation in a class like that was to get a good grade and move on to something more interesting. But then there were the teachers who led the class into interesting discussions and motivated you to want to learn more. That's leadership; that's connecting with your tribe.
Most of us can learn anything if we work hard enough at it. The big question is: are we motivated to learn it? We can do almost anything; the real question is are we passionate enough- do we care enough about it- to do something about it,to be a leader for that cause?
I see Tribes as an inspirational book, not as a "how-to-lead" book. Tribes is a "pep talk" to help us find that leader within each of us. You don't have to be the president or the CEO to lead. And perhaps your area of leadership doesn't even involve your work.Read more ›
That's where you begin to see the problem. Godin doesn't explain how to go about doing the actual hard groundwork of leadership. He makes it sound like anyone with an idea and a cell phone can rally thousands of people to their cause in minutes if they just realize that it's not hard. Really? How does that work? First off, we can't all be leaders. The math just doesn't work. If every one of us is to be a leader to one thousand, it means that we must also take time to be a follower for 1,000 other leaders who also need their "tribe". Pretty basic arithmetic, and I don't think we've all got that kind of time.
Godin just skips from one shallow and unsupported, but grandiose statement about leadership to another. The one concrete example he gives in the book about how you might actually go about doing the work of leading comes when he describes his early work experience in a software company. He explains how he got the most out of shallow programming resources by starting a newsletter that created a sense of excitement around his project and attracted programmers to it.Read more ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seth Godin comes across as a narrow shallow minded thinker, I don't think there is much material in this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. It's such a fresh and inspiring way to look at your work and your approach to marketing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mike
Love the premise. It's about finding your tribe to change the world!Published 17 days ago by Sonja Bloetner
Excellent book emphasizing the power of communication, faith, and commitment. We're all asked to lead and follow st different times in our lives, and in different ways. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Robert
Love this book - using it to take notes, highlight items to refer back to. THANKS Seth Godin!Published 1 month ago by Joan Pelzer
Not done reading it yet, but it speaks directly to me. The difference between a typical boss and a tribe leader is like night and day... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaine J. McClendon
This book is not a step by step manual on how to become a leader. Leadership is intangible, and in truth it varies from person to person and scenario to scenario. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Yvonne
I wish I had known about this book years ago, but thrilled I found it when I did! We have a job to do and that's to lead great people to their life purpose so they can fulfill... Read morePublished 1 month ago by April Travis