The Tipping Point Essay

1362 Words Sep 22nd, 2012 6 Pages
In today’s job market it’s important to be able to distinguish yourself from everyone else. You have to be able to understand how your job works and how to be able to supervise and lead others. In the book, The Tipping Point, there are three types of people that have very specific skills and qualities that a supervisor should have. These types of people are what a supervisor should strive to be. If even one quality is adopted, it could very well change an average supervisor into a memorable leader.
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, is an in-depth analysis of what makes something get noticed and change dramatically. It could be when a city’s crime rate radically drops or when a shoe suddenly becomes popular. The name given to that
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The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular set of social gifts. (Gladwell, Pg. 33) These people are critical to social epidemics. They are called Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen. (Gladwell, Pg. 34) A Connector is a very distinct type of person but what exactly is a Connector? A Connector is a person with a special gift for bringing the world together. (Gladwell, Pg.38) Sprinkled across every walk of life are a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. (Gladwell, Pg. 41) One quality of a Connector is that they know a ton of people. (Gladwell, Pg. 38) Another quality is that they manage to occupy many different worlds, subcultures, and niches. (Gladwell, Pg. 48) By having a foot in so many different worlds, Connectors have the effect of bringing them all together. (Gladwell, Pg. 51) Also, Connectors are relied on by others to give them access to opportunities and worlds of which they don’t belong to. (Gladwell, Pg. 54)
In The Tipping Point (Pgs. 56-59), Malcolm Gladwell describes the story of Paul Revere’s ride to alert villages that the British were coming. However, what most people aren’t aware of is that another man rode through villages to alert them that the British were coming, as well. His name was William Dawes.
The big question is, of course, why has everyone heard of Paul Revere and not William Dawes? The answer is simple:

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