Let’s be clear: the author is a Successful Guy. Harvard MBA, serial entrepreneur and start-up investor; and, winning author and HBR contributor. I just want you to know this, in case you do not get around to reading the book: Anthony – or, Tony, as he refers to himself – would want you know this.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me reassure you that my tongue-in-cheek, ironic opening to this review should not put you off browsing this thought-provoking paperback. It is readable, has a flow, combines assertion with example and provides regular reinforcement from eminent supporting sources. Tjan asserts on the book’s cover that the only leadership decision that really matters is good people; something which is hard to disagree with. It charts the lessons learned by Tjan during his 22-odd years in business, with almost 100 interviews conducted to dig deeper into what ‘good people’ constitutes and how goodness can be defined, identified and developed.