Well, I kept saying to myself the last several pages that this book was not organized into logical chapters AND, I think that is exactly what the author intended. He confirmed if for me. At least it was confirmed that I was NOT losing my mind!!!
The Tribe in the title is that group needing to be led. It may be a Tribe that is already created, but they need a leader.
There were takeaways for me that I highlighted and/or dogeared:
- He talked about heretics as those wanting to make a difference and challenging the status quo. I might refer to them as 'pot-stirrers', but stirring the pot with the intent to improve and solve a problem, not just stir the pot. The example he used was "If faith is the foundation of a belief system, then religion is the facade and the landscaping." Just because you challenge 'religions', doesn't mean you lose 'faith'
- He talked about technologies like Twitter, Facebook, and blogging as ENABLERS, and not as a cure.
- He did throw in one "How to" about 2/3 of the way through the book by identifying the key elements in starting your movement:
- Publish a 'manifesto' (motto, mantra, story)
- Make it easy for your followers (Tribe) to connect with you
- Make it easy for the Tribe to connect with one another
- Realize that money is not the point of a movement
- Track your progress
Managers have employees...Leaders have followers
Managers make widgets...Leaders make change
Final analysis: In reviewing back through, I had 5 dogears in the book, thus a 5 out of 10 rating. I think this is a good book to help challenge conventional thinking and has some examples of how some have chosen to make a difference.
Anyone else read this book? Do you have a different viewpoint?