Ben Horowitz on hiring and diversity

This long extract is from a fantastic interview with Ben Horowitz – it’s great on a load of aspects of building strong organisational culture, and especially on diversity. Highly recommend. Brian Koppelman: How do you avoid [hiring people who look like you]? How do you train it out of people? Ben Horowitz: Look, we all fall into it. Let me…

Tom Peters: “What Diversity Problem?”

This is Tom Peters on Diversity in 1994’s The Pursuit of Wow!: Diversity problem? Hurdle? Diversity creates one and only one thing: opportunity. Business, in the mad global marketplace [1994!], needs a rush of serious creativity. Creativity is, invariably, a byproduct of sparks, new views, juxtaposed interests etc. How does a company acquire those assets? Diversity! … It seems obvious…

Who’s who?

How do you talk about who’s who in your organisation, and what does it say about your values? One Acre Fund is an organisation that spends about US$100 million per year on their program, with 8,300 staff serving  760,000 families (or more than 4 million people) in more than six countries. They are doing excellent work, and my impression is…

Hybrids (1)

By most accounts, hybridity is a good thing. Cross breeding animals and plants can result in stronger, healthier populations. John Stuart Mill argued that diversity of ideas makes us societies stronger too.  That mankind are not infallible; that their truths, for the most part, are only half-truths; that unity of opinion, unless resulting from the fullest and freest comparison of opposite…