The hottest Corporate culture Substack posts right now

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Noahpinion • 9529 implied HN points • 22 Feb 24
  1. Japan's stock market is rallying due to foreign investment, but the real economy is struggling with recession and weak manufacturing and exports.
  2. Japan is increasing defense spending and bringing in foreign workers to address labor shortages, however, concerns remain about assimilation and potential backlash.
  3. Japan needs to focus on reclaiming its position in key industries like electronics, developing a software industry and EVs, and reforming its corporate culture to boost economic growth.
BIG by Matt Stoller • 43316 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. There is growing discontent and criticism towards Boeing's management from various stakeholders like Wall Street, labor unions, customers, and regulators.
  2. Major Boeing customers like Alaska Airlines and United Airlines are publicly holding Boeing accountable for quality issues and demanding reimbursement, indicating a significant shift in the industry's code of silence about problems.
  3. The government, particularly the FAA, has taken actions against Boeing and is showing signs of increasing regulation, potentially leading towards a moment where Boeing's management structure may face significant changes.
Workforce Futurist by Andy Spence • 195 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Leaders bring workers back to the office to showcase dominance and status through Corporate Peacocking.
  2. Some companies resort to cringe-inducing tactics like threatening employees through internal videos to justify return-to-office mandates.
  3. RTO policies might represent a last attempt by leaders to assert control as industries adapt, city leases expire, and virtual realms replace in-person office displays.
BIG by Matt Stoller • 56953 implied HN points • 26 Dec 23
  1. The pharmaceutical industry is heavily influenced by aggressive marketing campaigns targeted at doctors, controlled by corporations like IQVIA.
  2. IQVIA, a major player in the healthcare industry, is involved in a trial over a merger that could impact the future of advertising to healthcare professionals.
  3. The FTC alleges that IQVIA's acquisition of advertising firms like DeepIntent could lead to a monopolization of the healthcare provider advertising platform market.
Lucian Truscott Newsletter • 3655 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Private equity in aircraft manufacturing can lead to cost-cutting measures that compromise safety.
  2. Recent accidents involving Boeing 737 models point to potential flaws in design and manufacturing processes.
  3. Pressure to speed up production in the aviation industry can result in quality control issues and safety risks.
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chamathreads • 2162 implied HN points • 14 Jan 24
  1. Kids are hitting puberty sooner due to various factors like obesity, stress, and chemicals in plastics.
  2. Massive amounts of tiny plastics are being found in bottled drinking water, raising concerns about health risks.
  3. Corporate culture wars are emerging as a significant business risk in 2024 due to opposition from officials and activists.
lcamtuf’s thing • 282 HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. Performance management at Big Tech companies can cause anxiety and stress among employees due to the focus on fairness and comparison with peers.
  2. Tech companies like Google have introduced peer-based performance evaluations to enhance fairness and transparency.
  3. Despite efforts to create more egalitarian performance management processes, the actual outcomes often involve bland feedback and reliance on managers for decisions.
The Breaking Point • 235 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Debating involves prepared discussions, clear decision-making frameworks, and open-mindedness to change opinions.
  2. Arguing results in repetitive discussions, lack of agreement, side factions, and revisiting decisions without objective reasoning.
  3. Monitoring if a team is debating or arguing is crucial to ensure effective teamwork and progress towards goals.
Alex Ewerlöf Notes • 255 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Spotify's layoffs serve as a warning for other companies, especially those that have grown rapidly and may need to optimize operations.
  2. Layoffs are often caused by a combination of external factors like market conditions and internal factors like fake work and lack of alignment.
  3. It's critical for companies to focus on meaningful value creation and avoid falling into traps like bureaucracy, fake work, and fragmented responsibilities.
72 Degrees North • 58 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. There may not be people who inherently have a problem with authority, it could be a construct created by workplace environments.
  2. Disobeying authority doesn't necessarily stem from resistance to orders, but could be rooted in impatience, arrogance, or ego.
  3. Corporate hierarchy and authority can sometimes be arbitrary and driven by societal norms rather than individual merit or charisma.
72 Degrees North • 19 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Neurodiversity includes a range of communication styles, each with unique advantages and disadvantages.
  2. Allistic individuals tend to blend multiple possibilities in social interactions, which can lead to quicker decision-making but also vulnerability to manipulation.
  3. Psychopaths may exploit neurodivergent and neurotypical social tendencies for personal gain, highlighting the importance of understanding and navigating various communication styles.
Richard Lewis • 1906 implied HN points • 17 May 23
  1. Multiple reports of harassment and misconduct by key figures in the esports industry were brought to light, leading to their termination.
  2. New management at Evil Geniuses used past incidents involving employees as excuses to remove them, while also driving out senior employees who challenged their decisions.
  3. The company culture at Evil Geniuses shifted dramatically after the departure of senior staff, leading to a challenging and unbearable work environment.
Original Jurisdiction • 550 implied HN points • 07 Jun 23
  1. The emails sent by John Barber and Jeff Ranen were shockingly offensive, sparking a scandal in the legal profession.
  2. Barber and Ranen resigned from the firm Barber Ranen after the offensive emails were revealed, impacting their future in the legal field.
  3. Lewis Brisbois faced criticism for the offensive emails being sent by former partners while in leadership positions, leading to changes within the firm.
MD&A • 404 implied HN points • 04 Jul 23
  1. Intellectual laziness can lead to catastrophic corporate failures, as seen in the case of GE and SVB.
  2. Managers who prioritize manipulating short-term earnings over creating long-term shareholder value are intellectually lazy.
  3. Intellectual rigor is essential in identifying underrated managers and avoiding overrated ones.
Japan Optimist • 216 implied HN points • 24 Jul 23
  1. Japan's young generation is set to be economically better off than their parents due to demographic changes.
  2. As labor supply decreases, wages and job quality are increasing in Japan, leading to a rise in full-time job creation.
  3. There is a shift in Japan towards valuing and investing in human capital as the country moves towards a new golden age for its young generation.
Build To Scale • 59 implied HN points • 26 Sep 23
  1. Talk to customers and employees, but don't bother listening. Just talk about your vision and plans without engaging in meaningful conversations.
  2. Don't shy away from bad news and blame it on employees. Overreact publicly, especially to junior staff, to discourage them from sharing any negative news.
  3. Focus on competitors, raise money, surround yourself with yes-men, disregard customer needs, and prioritize optics over actual performance if you want to lose touch with your business and alienate people.
Make Work Better • 157 implied HN points • 05 May 23
  1. Compromise is essential to make hybrid work successfully in organizations.
  2. Stricter office time policies are being implemented by some organizations to foster teamwork and connectedness among employees.
  3. Younger workers may be facing challenges with remote work, such as lack of feedback and understanding workplace norms.
Anxiety Addiction & Ascension • 98 implied HN points • 03 Jul 23
  1. BlackRock's Larry Fink disowns the term ESG due to its weaponization by different political sides, showing a shift in the discourse in the financial system.
  2. Investors are becoming more critical of woke ideologies impacting businesses, as seen in stock losses by companies embracing certain ideologies.
  3. The potential rebranding of ESG indicates a shift in focus but doesn't eliminate the underlying goals of corporate influence and control.
Japan Optimist • 176 implied HN points • 25 Feb 23
  1. Japanese Salaryman CEOs have shown extraordinary resilience and competence in delivering corporate economic value and profitability.
  2. Data shows that Japanese Salaryman CEOs have outperformed Wall Street Superstar CEOs in terms of profit increase without relying on rising sales.
  3. While Japanese Salaryman CEOs have significantly increased profits, their compensation has only risen modestly, maintaining a close link between performance and pay.
Optimally Irrational • 13 implied HN points • 26 Sep 23
  1. Beneath the overly positive facade of organizations, there's often a reality of dysfunction and disillusionment.
  2. The principal-agent problem highlights the conflict of interests between individuals and the organization's goals, leading to misaligned incentives.
  3. Managers can prioritize personal gains, reputation, and short-term benefits over the organization's success, perpetuating issues like hyperactivity and micromanagement.
Anxiety Addiction & Ascension • 39 implied HN points • 06 Feb 23
  1. Many employees prefer working from home for the flexibility it offers in their lives and are hesitant to return to the office for multiple days per week.
  2. Companies are facing challenges convincing workers to return to the office due to changing preferences and economic factors like labor shortages.
  3. Employees have some leverage to resist returning to the office and should consider continuing to work from home to maintain their independence and strength.
Save Our Happy Place • 5 implied HN points • 30 May 23
  1. Look for company initiatives, climate enablement, and metrics during onboarding to see if a company cares about the planet.
  2. Consider benefits that encourage sustainable living as a sign of a climate-conscience company.
  3. Check if a company measures and shares metrics like carbon footprint, water footprint, and waste footprint to gauge their commitment to the planet.
Life Since the Baby Boom • 3 HN points • 27 Feb 23
  1. Marissa Mayer oversaw Google's 'Local' division, focusing on local ads and services.
  2. The acquisition of Zagat by Google faced internal resistance and eventually Zagat was spun out to another company.
  3. Code reviews and the pursuit of perfection in coding can lead to conflicts and differing perspectives among software engineers.
China Story • 2 HN points • 27 Apr 23
  1. Interviewers at Pinduoduo weed out those who speak out to maintain a silent workforce.
  2. Pinduoduo uses high salaries to tempt and drive discourse among employees.
  3. Pinduoduo tightly controls employees to prevent leaks, including strict social interaction rules and non-compete agreements.
Data Science Daily • 2 HN points • 04 Mar 23
  1. Consider where you live and work based on constraints like availability, budget, and awareness.
  2. Big companies might offer prestige, but small companies can provide faster decision-making and more impactful work.
  3. Working at a small company can be more fulfilling than at a large corporation, with less bureaucracy and more client focus.