Linchpins are people like you and me. But what sets them apart from the rest is the fact that these people are indispensable to an organization. It’s not because they own the organization, but because they bring to the table that one quality which no one else does. You want to know what that is? It’s the ability to figure out what to do when there’s no rule book.
We are not kidding. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. They may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Here are the reasons Why?
1. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. This not only bring out the best in them but also motivates everyone around.
2. They love their work. They pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.
3. They take initiatives and do not wait for instructions.
4.They ask difficult questions. They are not intimidated by authority or doubt.
5. They push themselves and their peers and even their bosses to give their best.
6. They don’t spend hours mulling over how bad a situation is. They look at it as an opportunity for growth and dive right in.
7. They are not afraid to work all night and then, show up at work at 9 am the next day.
8. They are not afraid of asking for a raise. They know they have earned it.
9. They take time off when they need to because they know that they deserve it.
10. They never fear when the organization is downsizing because the management knows that these are the people who are going to help build the organization all over again.
Every day, we meet people who have so much to offer but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw our own map. And ask ourselves if we want to be a Linchpin? If the answer is yes, how far are we willing to go for it?