HR Strange But True!
March 01, 2012

Are you looking for advice on management techniques? You can find inspiration in rap music, says venture capitalist Ben Horowitz.

Horowitz, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, advises readers to put down business books and turn on the radio.

“All the management books are like, ‘This is how you set objectives, this is how you set up an org chart,’ but that’s all the easy part of management,” Mr. Horowitz said in a recent New York Times interview.

“The hard part is how you feel. Rap helps me connect emotionally.”

Horowitz draws on his career experiences, from student, to employee, to CEO, frequently offering insight into building and leading companies.

His blog posts usually begin with a hip-hop lyric followed by a music recording.

For example, in a recent post, Horowitz reflects on a workplace dispute a few years back. Two departments, both high-performing teams, were in a feud.

But first things first: Horowitz starts off with an insightful lyric from Drake:

We walk the same path, but got on different shoes,
live in the same building, but we got different views
—Drake, Right Above It

Horowitz takes his readers through the tricky management situation, applying the “walk in someone else’s shoes” approach.

If the lyrical aides don’t resonate with you, don’t worry. He samples other media sources, including movies. In this post, he includes clips from Freaky Friday (both versions) to illustrate his point.



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