The hottest Company Culture Substack posts right now

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Big Technology • 3878 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. Big Tech companies are experiencing a mix of record revenue and deep layoffs as they navigate the costs of developing new technologies like AI and mixed reality.
  2. Apple may face challenges with the Vision Pro as it might not reach mass-market success until 2030 or beyond, despite initial hype.
  3. Google is acknowledging the need to address its slow-moving culture by simplifying its organizational structure and removing layers to improve efficiency.
The Beautiful Mess • 528 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Skilled pragmatists in companies can represent a major opportunity for improvement. They are reliable and capable but may not go above and beyond due to skepticism about the value of extra effort.
  2. When trying to improve behaviors in a team, it is crucial to be specific about the desired actions and outcomes. Vague terms like 'drive' or 'passion' can lead to misunderstandings.
  3. Listening to individuals in different categories can provide valuable insights for understanding motivations and barriers to certain behaviors in a team. Embracing diversity in perspectives is key to achieving more together.
Lenny's Newsletter • 1336 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. A work trial in the interview process simulates actual work and helps in gauging a candidate's fit and skills.
  2. Work trials provide more insights on candidates' performance and dedication compared to traditional interviews.
  3. Good trial projects involve candidates working on real tasks similar to what they would do in the actual role.
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Channels of Growth • 1257 implied HN points • 02 Jul 23
  1. Job seekers need resources to evaluate tech startups they are considering working for.
  2. Focus on joining a startup with a good product at an early stage for high potential rewards.
  3. Evaluate the team, culture, and product market fit to set yourself up for a successful career in VC-backed tech startups.
The Beautiful Mess • 1254 implied HN points • 18 Jun 23
  1. A strategy should be a clear description of challenges, decisions on what to address, and specific actions to impact those challenges.
  2. Translating strategy into tangible goals and budgets is crucial for making it meaningful to people in the organization.
  3. Creating a safe space for hard discussions, dedicating time for strategy development, and focusing on deployment are essential for making a strategy effective.
Elena's Growth Scoop • 1139 implied HN points • 30 Jun 23
  1. Having a data-driven culture is important for making informed decisions and connecting actions to business outcomes.
  2. In many companies, data is not well managed and can lead to frustration when trying to implement a data-driven culture too soon.
  3. Striking a balance and ensuring data accuracy is crucial before pushing for a data-driven culture.
Afridigest • 55 implied HN points • 14 Dec 23
  1. The essay explores actions taken by top companies like Nvidia, Facebook, and DoorDash to build and strengthen their cultures.
  2. African tech companies with strong cultures empower employees and allow room for graceful failure.
  3. The content on Afridigest provides insights for startup founders, operators, and investors in Africa and beyond.
Poczwardowski Notes • 78 implied HN points • 10 Nov 23
  1. Amazon's success is attributed to its unique culture that fosters innovation and success in various domains.
  2. The book highlights Amazon's key principles, processes, and culture, and shares stories of successful product developments like Kindle, Prime, Prime Video, and AWS.
  3. Amazon's approach to creating new products, including using 'Working Backwards' method and the 'Narratives and the Six-Pagers' concept, showcases their emphasis on effective communication and clear thinking.
Hardcore Software • 334 implied HN points • 11 Apr 23
  1. A famous memo at Microsoft highlighted the importance of being cost-conscious and avoiding extravagance.
  2. The concept of 'Shrimp and Weenies' emphasized the need for frugality, even in a successful company like Microsoft.
  3. The challenges of maintaining a lean and efficient culture as a company grows in size were evident at Microsoft and continue to be relevant in other companies.
Behavioral Value Investor • 126 implied HN points • 30 Jul 23
  1. Prepare questions for a CEO interview to focus on 'what' and 'how' without being accusatory.
  2. Before interviewing a CEO, decide your goals such as learning, relationship building, or understanding culture.
  3. Topics to cover during a CEO interview include strategy, customers, economics, capital allocation, company culture, and CEO motivations.
TeamCraft • 13 implied HN points • 30 Oct 23
  1. Uniting data fiefdoms under one banner can be challenging due to siloed incentives and data fragmentation.
  2. Data functions often lack proprietary data but have access to all data, highlighting the importance of understanding data context.
  3. Creating a Single Customer View can be a game-changer for businesses, enabling better attribution and decision-making based on a holistic customer journey.
Suzan's Fieldnotes • 58 implied HN points • 24 Apr 23
  1. Building a positive culture where people feel empowered can unlock team potential.
  2. Emphasizing inclusion, equity, and access in the workplace is key for creating opportunities for everyone.
  3. As a leader, it's important to actively listen, create space for others, and build trust to shape and maintain a healthy team culture.