Linchpin literally means to keep the wheels from falling off. In today’s society and multiple organizations a linchpin is someone who does more than keep the wheels from literally falling off. They create value in the company. They keep things moving metaphorically in the company. And, they are indispensable components of any successful organization.
In every successful organization, linchpins served three primary functions. First, they challenge ideas, people, and assumptions. Second, they connect ideas, assumptions and people. And third, they create new information and stronger groups formed from these connected individuals.
Linchpins serve critical purposes. They challenge assumptions and create value for their organizations. They are invaluable pieces of an organization and are not found in large numbers. Linchpins certainly are not born. Rather they are created over time through challenging situations, tackling wicked problems, and through pushing themselves to find a new insight into old problems.
There is a need for linchpins in our society – and every organization and institution. I wish to be a linchpin. I hope you do, too.
Let’s work together to be indispensable.