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Tribes Audiobook

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

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Publisher's Summary

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 been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It's 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. But more important, they're enabling countless new tribes to be born - groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

And so the key question: Who is going to lead us?

The Web can do amazing things, but it can't provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals - people just like you who have a passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips.

If you think leadership is for other people, think again - leaders come in surprising packages. Consider Joel Spolsky and his international tribe of scary-smart software engineers. Or Gary Vaynerhuck, a wine expert with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Chris Sharma leads a tribe of rock climbers up impossible cliff faces, while Mich Mathews, a VP at Microsoft, runs her internal tribe of marketers from her cube in Seattle. All they have in common is the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead.

If you ignore this opportunity, you risk turning into a "sheepwalker" - someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don't do very well these days.

Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers....It's not easy, but it's easier than you think.

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    Rheannen 17/07/2016
    Rheannen 17/07/2016 Member Since 2015

    Always learning

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    "Some interesting concepts but a lot of waffle"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There were truly some moments, when listening to this book, where I was inspired by what Godin said. However, he spent a good part of the first section of this book, and a number of sections in later chapters waffling on about what a tribe is and what leadership is in a way that didn't provide clear definitions but seemed to attempt pseudo-inspirationalism.
    His overemphasis of the word 'TRIBE' and 'LEADERSHIP' at moments of the book was really annoying - like, we get it, the book is about tribes and leadership - we get the connection between the title of the book and the content.
    However, I gave this three stars overall because of those moments where his message came through loud and clear and I felt a push to strive beyond mediocrity. In that sense it was worth it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted 12/06/2016
    Ted 12/06/2016
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    "Seth is great! Great book for building tribes"

    It was really good. If I can give some feedback to Seth it would be, use more stories to deliver your points not just saying it.

    Thank you for all your work Seth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 25/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple and easy to listen to"

    Great for long drives. Found the language easy. Voice was moderate and easy to the ear.

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    Ains 03/09/2016
    Ains 03/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Just What I Needed"

    After a trying day - this was JUST what I needed.

    Thank you Seth. It was a great size to listen to & finish on a Friday afternoon. Highly recommended and ready to implement what I've learnt!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Travis 31/08/2016
    Travis 31/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Different take on leadership"

    To be a good leader you need a group of people to lead. This book goes into how humans want to belong to group and to be aware of how to influence and lead them. There a plenty of real world examples and discussion that kept in engaged and provided motivation to be acting now. A good listen for anyone who feels they are work in (metaphorical) baloon factory, want to challenge the status quo and lead a tribe.

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    Michael 23/08/2016
    Michael 23/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "good listen"

    good book fairly interesting and a different perspective of leadership than what you usually hear about leadership

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    Craig 30/06/2016
    Craig 30/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Short and to the point. A great buy"

    i loved Seth's no fuss, to the point approach. Found myself reaching for the notebook every few minutes.

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    chrispannan 28/05/2016
    chrispannan 28/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Every leader must hear this"

    Seth Godin has joined the ranks of think and grow rich caliber!!! This is my number #1 go to for idea generation inspiration!!! It's a game changer for anyone's mind set.

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    Beaulah Pragg New Zealand 04/05/2016
    Beaulah Pragg New Zealand 04/05/2016

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    "Inspirational"

    I loved this book. It was audacious, challenging and exactly what I needed to hear. Highly recommend.

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    Bjørn 29/03/2016
    Bjørn 29/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I knew it!"
    Where does Tribes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have always believed I could be a great leader. Now I know.


    What other book might you compare Tribes to, and why?

    Pitch Anything by Orren Klaff - these two books in combination is a powerful tool.
    Both books are read by the author.


    What does Seth Godin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing beats a book written by the author him/herself


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel really good about myself - and inspired!


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  • Shane
    Portland, OR, USA
    26/08/09
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    "a bit too repetitive"

    The concept is interesting: that the social experience can be categorized into groups called tribes. The problem is the concept is too simple for a book. I found the author repeating the same terms. The repetition sounded like autocratic calls to allegiance. (We need you!) This content would be better suited for 40-page paper.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua Kim
    Etna, NH, United States
    10/06/12
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    "Tribal Manifesto"

    Godin's manifesto (and I use that description in the best sense of the word) convincing makes the case that the most dangerous thing we can do at work and in our careers is play it safe. Suspend your critical eye and realist orientation for just long enough to be swept into Godin's passion. Allow yourself to be inspired. Read, share, and decide to lead your tribe. We will be discussing this book together at work - so more to come on if inspiration can be translated on the ground

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    PA, PA, USA
    6/12/09
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    "Kernals in the Chaff"

    Overall worth the read. There are things to get past as other reviews point out, but does provide great kernels of wisdom. It did take a second listen to pick out all of the points.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • April
    Tallahassee, FL, USA
    21/10/08
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    "Leadership"

    This book hit the spot for me. I thought the reader was really good. If you are someone that is just getting into Leadership or need to renew your Leadership skills, this is a good book. Well worth listening too.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Gale S.
    2/11/09
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    "Fantastic"

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to better understand why Managers are not wired to be Leaders and why so few people choose to be Leaders. In addition, you will come away with a new appreciation for the next person you cross paths with that is referred to as a "heretic".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    Culver City, CA, USA
    26/02/09
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    "Get to the point!!!"

    We tried, really hard, on a long road trip to get past Seth Godin's annoying delivery style (so slow and he over enunciates everything!) and his continual promise of "I'm going to tell you..." or "you'll learn it here..." without him actually doing that. But after almost 3 hours we couldn't take it anymore. He says the same thing over and over and there wasn't much new here that delivered on his huge promises. Skim it in a bookstore and you'll get what you need.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Grosselfinger
    6/07/09
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    "Good content, a little difficult to listen to"

    Let me start by saying I am a fan of Seth Godin. I've read most of his work and read his blog daily. Overall this books was good, however Seth's writing style (in this case) does not make for great audio experience. He tends to write his chapters in sub-sections with various titles. This makes for some choppiness in the audio that you really need to pay attention to or you might get lost. Once you get used to this the book is a good listen and if taken to heart can be powerful for any one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deeptraks
    7/12/15
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    "Overly simplistic attempt at inspirational writing"
    What disappointed you about Tribes?

    The content doesn't rise to the level of social science, but lies somewhere in that area of "social media science" where if I can come up with a few examples (which may not be directly linked to the phenomena I am trying to explain) then I must be on to something.


    If you’ve listened to books by Seth Godin before, how does this one compare?

    NA


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is a bit monotone at times. Seth could have hired a voice actor to spice it up.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tribes?

    This book is extremely repetitive. I feel that I got the point and lost interest within the first 20 minutes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Khulan
    Pleasant Hill, CA, USA
    14/01/09
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    "the worst audio book ever"

    I never write reviews. But this book was so bad I had to warn others.

    First of all the narration was awful. But I decided to listen further hoping the content is better than the narrator. It was a jumble of obvious and same old ideas. Do not waste your money and time on this book.

    23 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Harris
    11/11/09
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    "No innovative scaffolding, one super-trite thesis"

    A 20th century discourse on "Tribes" seemed so promising. This book was a horrible let down, even when buying it using the half-price promotion offer.

    The author states the obvious and employs the phrase "we need you" ad nauseum.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • L. Santer
    Farnham
    3/11/12
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    "When the student is ready..."

    I had to drive 15hrs in one day, this book is less than 4hrs long, it contains so much thought provoking information that I didn't have time to finish it; on my drive I was either listening or thinking!



    I have known of Seth for many years, however I have never really 'noticed' Seth, until now. His style is infectious with a perfect balance of left hemisphere and then right hemisphere - like Brian Tracy suggests when communicating; 'windscreen wipers'... left then right then left etc.



    Before reading this book I knew something was required, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Now I know the missing piece of the puzzle is leadership. If you are at the point in your career where you have so much to give but you are still not sure on the 'how' then this book is for you. Although Seth avoids 'how-to' information he provides just enough rope for you to work it out yourself.



    Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. But only if you are ready to hear/read what it means to you - no more hiding, no more shying away, no more fear. I knew I should admire Seth, now I know why I do.



    Enjoy :- )

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grant
    Limekilns, United Kingdom
    18/10/13
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    "Tremendous"
    What did you like most about Tribes?

    Godin makes it very clear what won't work, what will, and distils the necessity of leading.

    I'd recommend his blog first if you're not convinced enough to buy. And if you're not convinced because you think it's not long enough (value for money), consider it like a single malt whisky. It'll age well, it's not dilute, and it's invaluable.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect a list of tips and tricks.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    15/12/13
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    "Terrible"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Take one semi common sense idea and repeat over and over and over and over. The whole thing could have fit in one paragraph. Fleshed out into a book in order to con people and make money which sums up Mr Godin's philosophy really.


    What could Seth Godin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some concrete ideas and steps to succeed would have help. Don't recommend people walk out of their jobs here and now if they are unhappy. Don't tell people not to worry about the product. We don't need factories? How were your books produced and marketed? Who made your smart phone and computers Mr Godin?


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/08/15
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    "Emotional commitenta of leadership"

    Good book that covers a generic view of the key drivers behind leadership. Belief and wholeheartedness seem to be the orders of the day. Not a world changer for me... Lacked some inspiration which Seth so keenly talks about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CD
    Meggen, Switzerland
    15/12/13
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    "simplistic motivational book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    American style motivational book: you can do anything of you overcome cour fears.. Unrealistic.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomasson
    20/09/16
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    "An Inspirational Kick up The Backside"

    I'm now doing what I always wanted to do. Leading a small tribe of musicians. Speaking up has never been easy, but with the words of Seth ringing in my ears it's just got a whole lot easier. I no longer feel repressed as I once did, but empowered to lead in a world where women are still denounced and discouraged from taking strong stances and roles that change the world. To hell with the status quo. Life's too short to renege on my vision any more. This was just the catalyst I needed to spark things off. Highly recommended but you'll have to come out of the leadership closet in order to really benefit. This is a book for Doers... Enjoy.😀

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gizmo
    15/09/16
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    "inspiring"

    This book, as all Seth Godin programme's, is inspiring especially if you have a passion you want to share.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vincenzo cupello
    13/05/16
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    "Brilliant"

    One of the best books I have bought in the last year. Could not stop listening to it. Well written, easy to follow and very interesting. One to listen over and over again. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • monica
    13/04/16
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    "Thank you for restoring my faith!"

    Thank you for allowing me to restore faith in my own vision and goals in leading my team to come

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff Anderson
    8/04/16
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    "Incredibly Empowering"

    Seth masterfully works his way through the art of leading with driven purpose. With light humour, wit and great examples to bring points to life - it is an impressively inspiring book that can easily be listened to over and over again. At the time of writing this is my second time around and I suspect it will not be the last. Outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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