The new way to do business
His stories ring true for the tech business. This is highly relevant.
The book is an important read. I switched to audio because it was infinitely dry and tough not to have your mind wander as you listen to him ramble on. But his points are very valid. An abridged version would be awesome.
Those who focus their review on the fact that there's hip hop references or the fact that the author is so raw in his language are clearly missing the f*cking point (since the book is full of expletives). This book explained the agony and euphoria I saw on many of my own CEOs, going from tiny companies to being acquired for millions of dollars. Of course, a good counter part to this book is Lean Start Up by Eric Ries (and that book is dry, boring, methodical, lean on interest yet good since it's the strategy to being a lean, agile start up). Horowitz doesn't mince his words and speaks sincerely about the realities of tech start ups. As Mitch Joel says so eloquently in CTRL-ALT-DELETE - the business world is in a state of purgatory. I'll add that technology is the extreme game of survival of the fittest. A must read for anyone working in tech. And leave your pearls at home. Business is cutthroat, it won't say please and thank you.
You know that awful feeling you get when you are listening to a great book about influence with some pretty good advice that sudden goes south on you. Because the two last chapters turn out being bullshit stories about how an atheist turned into a god fearing person to become a better leader, and then another non-believer became changed and spiritual after being in contact with religious folks. Yeah, that just made a decent book garbage. Don't bother. You can get the same awesome content sans the religious garbage with Crucial Conversations.
No, there are other good books about leadership without religion in them.
Don't bother, there are a bunch of great books about Influence and Leadership that don't weave in god in there.
His misadventure with his ex-girlfriend's roommate hair dryer made me laugh to tears. His atheist baptism stories are worth the money. Here's a guy that really has no hang ups with so-called judeo-christian repressed values.
It's a solid book and I recommend it for those that would like to get into ideation mode. Our lack of knowledge on basic subject matters creates blind spots. This book helps you identify the gaps, mitigate them and see opportunities.
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