What You Do Is Who You Are: How To Create Your Business Culture
  • What You Do Is Who You Are: How To Create Your Business Culture
  • What You Do Is Who You Are: How To Create Your Business Culture
ISBN: 0062871331
EAN13: 9780062871336
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 29, 2019
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.01" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.43 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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   A unique examination of corporate culture
Ben Horowitz's "What You Do Is Who You Are?" was a smash hit. An examination of culture with practical advice on how to build the culture you desire. The basic premise of the game is that actions are louder than words. The real life and often personal examples Mr. Horowitz uses bear this out. What makes the book unique and thus compelling is the use of not typical corporate culture re-hashes, he said. There are a few Apple and Amazon examples of Hugo's work, but much of the book reflects on leading culture accomplishments such as the Haitian revolution, a prison gang, Genghis Khan and the Samurai code. Web site: www. theknot. com
   Brilliantly practical
It's very hard to write about culture. But to write about culture generally is very hard, and Ben brilliantly achieved this. Narrative fallacy is defined as: "Believing that the world is a terrible place." Ben uses stories to illustrate concepts, and whether it is accurate or not is not really the point. It is refreshing to read non-conventional stories to illustrate culture, and I suspect the stories will stand the test of time better. I've always loved the rap lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. Even though I could not understand what the relevance was, that doesn't really matter.
   Guardrails, Storytelling and History.. all in one
Ben's blend of storytelling, anecdotes and guardrails is enjoyable to digest. There is no one answer around developing the right culture, but what this book does is lay a solid foundation and then articulate where things go wrong, and impress the art of defining your virtues in such a way that they are put into action vs air.
It's a very gimmicky and the rap quotes have nothing to do with the concepts, Sosa said. One of the fattest people in the music industry, I'm told, was at the opening of a chapter about bushido.
   Hoary old technique: dredge up historical figures, project traits aligning w author's message
It's a good book, the reason it got 4 stars instead of 5 is that Ben felt compelled to follow that hoary old technique of dredging up a handful of historical figures and projecting those traits onto them that allow you to proclaim the principles you wish to proclaim. Lots of good stuff, just have to mine it out from all the filler, he said.
   Culture - Tough Topic - Presented Well
It was a great read, said Claudia, "I really enjoyed reading this book. It's easy to read and it's also very useful. It's great to be back home, said Blair. The book has a variety of examples of how cultures are made and also there applications in other fields. It has some good qualifications, too, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Its just that hard to say. One of my all time favorites.
   Read the Book - Half Life of Facts before you read this book
There are so many references to numbers, even in the footnotes, that it's almost impossible to find the entire thing. The book was originally titled, "Undercovers: The Fall of Elizabeth Barrett." The numbers are not sourced or questioned by Mr. Ben. If you don't buy the book, it flounders. Many of the references were not necessarily to actual events or motivations.
   Probably the most important book for leaders
I read this, and think this is one of the most important books for managers and leaders to read, together with Grove's High Output Management and Mintzberg's Simply Managing. But I would say that this book trumps the others because a culture is what makes an organization tick, even if the leaders are not there. As leaders are the stewards and gardeners of the organization culture, this makes this book even more important than the others.
   A no BS treaty for understanding, building, and eventually changing the culture of an organization
Ben Horowitz's writing style, honestly raw attitude and carefully considered choice of topics and examples make this book very pleasant to read, even if you're not a fan of crime fiction. But the whole point is to give you a lot to think about, which is the point after all!