Since the release of the book by Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, there have been many people defining and redefining what it means to be a linchpin within an organization. Seth’s original definition was, somebody in an organization who is indispensable – who simply cannot be replaced because their role is just far too unique and valuable.
There are many definitions of the word linchpin, but when we refer to it, it’s in a similar context to how Seth describes it.
Our definition of a linchpin is:
Any person who is a vital part of the operational, marketing strategy, or cultural balance within an organization. A linchpin must adhere to, and encompass the ten commandments of the linchpin core, both in and outside of the office.