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What You Do Is Who You Are

How to Create Your Business Culture
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

Ben Horowitz, a leading venture capitalist, modern management expert, and New York Times best-selling author, combines lessons from both history and modern organisational practice with practical and often surprising advice to help executives build cultures that can weather both good and bad times.

In What You Do Is Who You Are, Ben Horowitz, best-selling author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, turns his attention to a question crucial to every organisation: how do you create and sustain the culture you want?

What You Do Is Who You Are explains how to make your culture purposeful by spotlighting four models of leadership and culture-building - the leader of the only successful slave revolt, Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture; the Samurai, who ruled Japan for 700 years and shaped modern Japanese culture; Genghis Khan, who built the world’s largest empire; and Shaka Senghor, an American ex-con who created the most formidable prison gang in the yard and ultimately transformed prison culture.

What You Do Is Who You Are is a journey through culture, from ancient to modern. Along the way, it answers a question fundamental to any organisation: who are we?

©2019 Ben Horowitz (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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ad hoc autohagiography

little to say, but Great self-regard with which it is said. More of entrepreneurship than this author would care to admit it's a function of being in the right place at the right time, and his pat observations about leadership, drawn from rebellious slaves, oriental warlords and prison gangsters feels hastily sketched-out, seeks congratulatory, but basically ad hoc.

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Narrator ruined this book

Hi sounds like he is reading Shakespeare's Hamlet. Too much drama in the voice. Really puts off.

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One of those books you'll always refer to

Loved the storytelling with historical examples. Excellent performance makes the book an easy read to get through and the opposite or boring

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Culture is hard to grasp but Ben knows his shi-

Don't expect any black-and-white rules for how to 'do culture', such a book may (can?) never exist. And if you're already versed in many of the nuances of running a healthy organisation, you might find this book slim on new ideas. Nevertheless, Ben Horowitz has been there and once again fills a book with insights from hard-worn experience, sparing the pleasantries and getting to the difficult stuff.

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Very Ben

Really thoughtful viewpoint on culture, its importance and how to build a strong one. Thank you Ben. You mofo.

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Practical and Philosophical at the same time

No bullshit book about what is culture and how to shape it. with examples from L'Overture,Samurais and Genghis Khan.

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I think i overhyped it before I bought it

Finished it in a couple days and took away a few points. It will get another few listens because its pretty concrete in its examples. I didn't feel that there was anything super new to flabbergast a reader but maybe I was too excited because of previous books I really enjoyed from the author

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Great book

In time’s, the reader might have been slower or articulate, especially on the beginning. Otherwise - great book