How to make critical decisions

I wrote about Ben Horowitz’s belief that great leaders are found in an earlier post of the same name. Ben is a co-founder of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and a very strong management thinker.

In the talk below, Ben shares his single most important piece of advice for managers. His advice is this:

“When making a critical decision, you must understand how it will be interpreted from each person’s point of view and its impact on the union of the individual views”

Ben then demonstrates how thinking this way can produce counterintuitive decisions using the examples of demotions, raises, option grants, and the Haitian Revolution.

You can watch the full talk below.