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*** Shortlisted for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year ***
It's time to do things differently.
Trust your team. Be radically honest. And never, ever try to please your boss.
These are some of the ground rules if you work at Netflix. They are part of a unique cultural experiment that explains how the company has transformed itself at lightning speed from a DVD mail order service into a streaming superpower - with 190 million fervent subscribers and a market capitalisation that rivals the likes of Disney.
Finally Reed Hastings, Netflix Chairman and CEO, is sharing the secrets that have revolutionised the entertainment and tech industries. With INSEAD business school professor Erin Meyer, he will explore his leadership philosophy - which begins by rejecting the accepted beliefs under which most companies operate - and how it plays out in practice at Netflix.
From unlimited holidays to abolishing approvals, Netflix offers a fundamentally different way to run any organisation, one far more in tune with an ever-changing fast-paced world. For anyone interested in creativity, productivity and innovation, the Netflix culture is something close to a holy grail. This book will make it, and its creator, fully accessible for the first time.
Bringing impressive credentials to this riveting business guide, Meyer (The Culture Map), a professor at the INSEAD business school, and Hastings, cofounder and CEO of Netflix, walk readers through the "unique ecosystem" of the streaming giant's corporate culture. They chart Netflix's evolution, drawing from Hastings's personal recollections, excerpts from Meyer's more than 200 interviews with current and past Netflix employees, and selections of company PowerPoint meeting slides, emails, and "culture maps." In order to "connect the dots" and form a coherent picture of Netflix's management style, the coauthors identify the firm's 10 key tenets, beginning with its foundational emphasis on "talent density," and continuing with its "culture of candor." In its quest to be the best, the company has rewritten many long-standing corporate rules, such as by "removing controls," with the elimination of limitations on vacation time, among other measures. Sharing this kind of dramatic evolution requires a dense and info-packed book, but the authors break up the text with helpful end-of-chapter synopses to sum up the takeaways and boxed excerpts from employee interviews. Aspiring tech moguls should flock to Hastings and Meyer's energetic and fascinating account.