What is a Tribe? According to Seth Godin, a Tribe is a group of people who are connected to:
1. One another 2. A leader 3. An idea
On my way to New York City a week ago, I took advantage of the time that I had by catching up with two books written by Seth Godin, one of them is Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. It was a quick read and very easy to follow. Seth Godin wrote each of the important part of the books in small, readable passages. I am guessing the reason for this is for all his readers to be able to digest the richness of its content and finally be able to reflect on it after the reader has finally finished it.
Of course traveling while also reading can only be more reflective if you annotate the pages that speak to you. That was what I was trying to do, except that I was typing all the lines into my cellphone (which is by far, the most antiquiated gadgets you will ever see – read: I still have the elephant-style phone) that made me think and say to myself, “hmmm…I like that!”.
So. Here are some of the quotes that truly connected to me. I was gravitated to them and hopefully, they will say something to you. Most of them are about leadership and leading a tribe, as the book itself suggests.
1. When you lead without compensation, when you sacrifice without guarantees, when you take risks because you believe, then you are demonstrating faith in the tribe and its mission. Of course it is difficult. But leaders will tell you that it’s worth it.
2. Isn’t it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuffs we have to do 52 weeks a year? (Seth Godin wrote this one during his trip to Jamaica. While he was on the lobby, he overheard two ladies talking with about him and the way he was checking his email while he was on vacation. He later on said that he was very happy to check his email while he was on vacation, because he was passionate about his work – while compared to the rest of the people including those two ladies, who have jobs they hate so much that during their two weeks vacation of the year, they run and avoid things that they do throughout the year. Now, isn’t that sad?)
3. Leadership is about creating change that you believe in.
4. Leaders have followers. Managers have employees. Managers make widgets. Leaders make changes.
5. The best way to grow an organization is to be reliable and consistent and trusted.
6. We choose not to be marketable because we’re worries about criticisms.
7. It’s nice to get paid. It’s essential to believe.
8. It’s war that makes generals.
My challenge, would you be willing to lead your tribe and leave a legacy? Which way would you like to lead your tribe? Would you incorporate change and not worry about being criticized? Would you start to lead?
If you are, you might want to read the rest of Seth Godin’s book.
- A. M. S.