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Summer Camp Directors’ Book Club: Linchpin by Seth Godin

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Books, Linchpin, Staff Training

Beginning March 1st, 2010 I will be starting an online book club. We will be reading Linchpin by Seth Godin. It has so many fantastic applications to camp in how we train and support our staff, to how we teach kids to be productive members of society as an adult worker.  By reading this book and discussing it on this blog with fellow camp and recreation professionals, I hope to get a better understanding of how to incorporate the principles into camp this summer.

How to Participate?

Buy the book: available wherever books are sold and on if you prefer to listen to it. Follow the reading schedule and join the discussion on the blog. Don’t worry if you don’t start at the same time. You can still follow your own reading schedule and comment as you complete each segment. Sign-up online so we know who is on board. This will help us stay connected. Also register for a free Disqus account. It is the comment system I use on the blog.

Want a Free Book?

If you are at ACA National, I have a some free copies of the book to give away if you want to join in the book club. Track me down at the conference and ask me for a book.

Sign-up – Make a Public Commitment

We all know publicly committing to a group event helps us all stay accountable.  Sign-up so we all know who is joining us!

View Book Club Members

Reading Schedule

I have divided the reading into about 25 pages a week.  I’ll post my thoughts on that section sometime during that week.  If you are reading along it would be great if you posted your ideas too. You can easily keep notes or write your ideas in a text editor and paste them into the comment area.

Week 1: March 1st – March 7th
Introduction & The New World of Work
Pages 1 – 27

Week 2: March 8th – 14th
Thinking About Your Choice & Indoctrination: How We Got Here
Pages 28-48

Week 3: March 15th – 21st
Becoming the Linchpin
Pages 49-79

Week 4: March 22nd – 28th
Is It Possible to Do Hard Work in a Cubicle?
Pages 80-100

Week 5: March 29th – April 4th
The Resistance – part 1
Pages 101-123

Week 6: April 5th – 11th
The Resistance – part 2
Pages 123-149

Week 7: April 12th – 18th
The Powerful Culture of Gifts
Pages 150-173

Week 8: April 19th – 25th
There Is No Map
Pages 174-188

Week 9: April 26th – May 2nd
Making the Choice
Pages 189-209

Week 10: May 3rd – May 9th
The Culture of Connection, The Seven Abilities of the Linchpin,
When It Doesn’t Work, & Summary
Pages 210-236

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