Book of the Week
Under the 'Book of the Week' initiative, Career2NextOrbit team strives to provide MBA aspirants, students, and professionals with high-quality intellectual input. On every Friday of the week, we publish an exclusive and original summary of a book along with a short plot analysis and a quiz based on that particular book. This helps MBA aspirants prepare for the Verbal Ability section of the MBA entrance exams. It is also helpful for MBA students and professionals as the aptitude test for selection to most of the companies’ recruitment process involves verbal reasoning questions.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a non-fiction book on management by Ben Horowitz, one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. In the book, Ben offers advice on building and running a Startup. He addresses an issue that he feels has long been ignored by most of the self-help books, the truth that there is no formula for dealing with tough situations, no magical recipe that will keep trouble at bay. He says that this is the hard thing about hard things. The hard thing is not setting a valiant goal or hiring amazing employees or setting up an organizational chart or simply dreaming big. The hard things start when your amazing staff starts acting irrationally, when effective communication within the organization is hampered, and you have to deal withunpleasant circumstances when things go haywire. This is where most self-help books fail, they miss to inform that there is no recipe for really dynamic and complicated situations. The point is, building a company inevitably leads to tough times. And there are no set rules to tackle difficult scenarios. However, the deeper patterns and lessons keep resonating and so there are bits of advice and experience that can help one deal with the hard things. Ben discusses his experience and the many lessons he learned as an entrepreneur, CEO and a venture capitalist.
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