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Ben Horowitz: Tell It Like It Is

Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder and Partner Andreessen Horowitz

“One of the most important management lessons for a  founder/CEO is totally unintuitive.  My single biggest personal improvement as CEO occurred on the day when I stopped being too positive.

As a young CEO I felt the pressure [].  As a consequence of this pressure, I took losses extremely hard. [] I thought that I would make the problem worse by transferring that burden to my employees.  Instead, I thought I should project a positive, sunny demeanor and rally the unburdened troops to victory.  I was completely wrong. []

There are three key reasons why being transparent about your company’s problems makes sense:  1. Trust.  Without trust, communication breaks. []  2. The more brains working on the hard problems, the better. [] 3. A good culture is like the old RIP routing protocol: bad news travels fast; good news travels slow.

[] If you run a company, you will experience overwhelming psychological pressure to be overly positive. Stand up to the pressure, face your fear, and tell it like it is.”  The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, copyright 2014 , pg 64, 66, 67