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A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). Its our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be borngroups of ten or ten million who care about a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.
Who is going to lead all these tribes? The Web can do amazing things, but it cant provide leadership. That still has to come from individualspeople just like you who have passion about something. Anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at their fingertips.
If you think leadership is for other people, think againleaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a sheepwalkersomeone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers dont do very well these days.
Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers . It's not easy, but it's easier than you probably imagine.
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- ASIN : 1491514736
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (22 April 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9781491514733
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491514733
- Item Weight : 68 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 13.97 x 0.64 cm
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I wish Seth was more decisive on his stance. Seemed like a motivational speech. Also lack of any directions on how to build a tribe.
Some books change my life. I have come to expect that standard.
This book is good but not as compelling. Draggy
Author thinks what he thinks and find an example for that, u can find an example for anything but that doesnt make it a concept and thr is nothing scientific about anything in this book. For ex
Author says leaders have one thing in common:the decision to lead (thats what lead in leadership mean already i guess)
Idiotic thought processs and worst writing technique
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My focus isessentially on book writing, reviewing, publishing and marketing, so initially I found Tribes less helpful than I’d expected.
In historical and anthropological terms, a tribe is "a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognised leader". (Google defn.)
A traditional tribal group generally has no written language, only the spoken word. and not unusually, there are different recognised roles for men and women (and children) in traditional societies.
But I also understand the general direction in which Godin’s 'Tribes’ is heading, and with a different definition: "A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea". Godin's understanding of present-day tribes in advanced societies focuses on members who are in possession of sophisticated hardware and software to create on-line (rather than face to face) communities. These are Godin's ‘Tribes’ who might never meet face-to-face, and are vastly different to older, anthropological communities where the lives of tribal members are constantly at risk and total commitment to a tribe is vital.
For one thing, in the new world of Godin's ‘Tribes’, we can simultaneously belong to any number of different tribes if we so choose. We can drop in and out as each one chooses. The commitment level feels very different, as the modern ‘Tribes’ are much more communities of mutual interest than communities of kinship. With so much done for free and given freely, creating a new Tribe becomes, in Godin's words 'an act of generosity'.
What struck me most is the role of leadership in the Tribes that Godin refers to.
Here, leadership is not traditional command and control, etc, but someone (or someones) who has the vision, pursues it, and draws together a community of mutual interest for the journey. It takes a great deal of leadership vision and commitment to start a new Tribe, which presumably is what every present-day author now needs to do; and the new tools are, in essence, the shifting landscape of social media platforms.
So the encouragement and vision that Godin gives is worth the 4 stars I’ve given 'Tribes'.
But, whether I am closer to my own goal to draw together and createa new ‘Tribe’ around a new theme that has multiple dimensions, is still far from clear! - Rob Mackintosh
1. Responding to new/changing environments is better than reacting, but even better is to initiate. Very true - whether over a business plan or change in plan initiating is the 21st century way to go.
2. It's never been so easy to lead (google, blogs etc) - and it's better for your tribe to find you (and to give them what they want) rather than trying to artificially create a tribe for your own purposes (Seth correct me if I've misunderstood).
As a Godin fan I'm happy to read his open style on almost any subject. Any longer and the book would be repeating itself - just the right length to read on a plane.