Personal recommendations

… are a great way to find contractors and colleagues. If someone you trust can recommend someone, you have a chance to save yourself a bundle of time and probably money. Big But But there’s a but. Look for a ringing endorsement. If the person recommending is vague or cagey when you press, or if we’re talking about the friend…

Ben Horowitz – The Hard Thing About Hard Things

This is a great cut-the-crap book about management and building a company. It’s most relevant to the the tech world, but there are plenty of gems here that are relevant to anyone – he’s especially good on shaping your culture (hint: yoga at work is not your organisational culture). Here’s the introduction: Every time I read a management or self-help…