The Song of Significance

A New Manifesto for Teams
# 8min reading time / 12min listening time
About the Summary

From the very beginning of his book, Seth Godin says that his purpose for The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams, is to help his reader create teams based upon true leadership. He does not believe that the current way of the working world is, in fact, working, and he wants to help people center work around helping people create significance and meaning. The way Godin sees it, management is letting employees down, and employees are, in turn, letting managers down. This is partially because bosses want good work for little money while workers want to be paid well for their work. Industrialists, on the other hand, want to take away the worker’s power, and one means to do this is by taking each job and breaking it down into many smaller jobs. This does not serve either employees or customers as it dehumanizes people. This does not have to be the case, however. Organizations work well when people seek increase, but too often, people are caught focusing on safety. This can lead to both burnout and dissatisfaction.

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