The hottest Corporate culture Substack posts right now

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BIG by Matt Stoller 43431 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.
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.
Big Technology 16387 implied HN points 07 Mar 24
  1. Google's open culture deteriorated, impacting its product quality and employee morale.
  2. Issues began when Google shut down discussions on sensitive topics like diversity and employee concerns.
  3. The closure of open channels for questioning within Google led to a negative impact on the company's innovation and decision-making processes.
Noahpinion 11000 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.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss 2040 implied HN points 19 Mar 24
  1. Google's new AI tool, Gemini, produced biased results in image searches, reflecting the larger issue of the company's culture prioritizing ideologies over excellence.
  2. Former Google employees, including high-profile individuals like Shaun Maguire, expressed concerns over Google's push for diversity, equity, and inclusion leading to compromises in quality and standards.
  3. The fallout from the Gemini AI debacle at Google highlighted the importance of balancing inclusivity with maintaining product quality and unbiased information for users.
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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.
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.
Breaking the News 474 implied HN points 02 Mar 24
  1. Ralph Nader, at age 90, surprises with a new book 'The Rebellious CEO' showcasing leaders who use their influence for good in business, workers' treatment, and environmental policy.
  2. The book has a chatty and personal tone, highlighting the importance of individuals making a positive impact and how small groups can bring meaningful change.
  3. Rebellious CEOs featured in the book prioritize fair treatment of workers and consumers, environmental responsibility, clear communication, and excellence in business without overpaying themselves or whining about regulations.
Workforce Futurist by Andy Spence 293 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.
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.
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.
Make Work Better 114 implied HN points 14 Mar 24
  1. Boeing failed multiple safety tests, leading to accidents and loss of lives, due to a shift towards prioritizing stock price over quality
  2. A strong corporate culture requires aligning stated values with actual behaviors, empowering employees to make decisions based on those values
  3. Businesses that lose sight of their purpose and focus solely on chasing money risk facing significant organizational failures
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.
The Radar 119 implied HN points 18 Feb 24
  1. Companies tend to become challenging places to work as they grow bigger, often losing sight of the importance of trust and human connection.
  2. Balancing leadership, management, and administrative duties is crucial for organizational success. Executives must prioritize transparency and authenticity to maintain a positive culture.
  3. Having genuine values and treating employees with respect is more impactful than merely pretending to have values. Transparency and fair treatment are key to retaining a motivated workforce.
The Radar 39 implied HN points 05 Apr 24
  1. Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) can be used positively to help employees improve their performance or negatively to push employees out of a company.
  2. Amazon utilizes PIPs in a controversial way, including forcing 'Type 2 PIPs' on employees to manage them out of the business, regardless of their actual performance.
  3. Misusing tools like PIPs, meant for improvement, can lead to unethical behaviors within organizations and potentially damaging consequences, such as increased layoffs.
Davidovits! 59 implied HN points 13 Mar 24
  1. Boeing stock is rising despite a surge in employee suicide rates, leading to a significant reduction in workforce and more profits
  2. Boeing leadership's controversial approach includes encouraging employees to end their lives to maximize profits, which is drawing criticism from economists
  3. Investors are pleased with Boeing's focus on reducing workforce and increasing profits, showcasing the unusual inverse correlation between employee happiness and financial gains
The Radar 39 implied HN points 01 Apr 24
  1. Real-world examples reveal the gaps between principles and actions in organizations
  2. Interim roles can be abused by employers if not managed properly
  3. Amazon's use of step-ups highlights potential issues with turnover, promotion processes, and cost management
The Radar 59 implied HN points 07 Mar 24
  1. Broken windows theory highlights the impact of respecting the environment on criminal behavior, where fixing small issues can prevent larger violations.
  2. Sweating the small stuff in management can lead to top-heaviness, allowing unproductive managers to justify their positions by focusing on trivial matters.
  3. Overemphasizing minor issues can distract from addressing real problems and lead to ineffective management, ignoring actual priorities and resource allocation.
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.
The Radar 19 implied HN points 19 Apr 24
  1. Compensation is a clear signal from an employer to an employee, offering insights into future viability with the company and helping individuals frame expectations and make decisions.
  2. Organizational cultures often hide true intentions behind layers of confusing messaging, especially regarding compensation, which may not necessarily reflect individual performance but rather the company's desire for retention.
  3. Understanding the true meaning behind raises can empower individuals to make informed decisions about their future within a company, recognizing signals of either retention or potential exit based on financial health and performance evaluations.
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.
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.
Becoming Noble 299 implied HN points 26 May 23
  1. The EXIT project aims to end reliance on corporate employment by providing various support systems and resources.
  2. Consider spending time at elite progressive institutions to learn and transition to a place of independent strength.
  3. Listen to the podcast for insights on how dissidents can use big tech companies as a launching point for their ambitions.
The Radar 59 implied HN points 16 Jan 24
  1. Interests often outweigh values in the corporate world, leading to a lack of loyalty towards employees.
  2. Companies may claim to value employees, but continue laying off staff even when profitable, showcasing a lack of genuine care.
  3. Value systems in corporations may be used to shape employee behavior rather than protect their experience, highlighting a shift towards instrumental use of values.
The Radar 19 implied HN points 25 Mar 24
  1. Burnout is normalized in the contemporary work environment causing adverse health consequences and professional crises.
  2. The root cause of burnout is severe, persistent task saturation and excessive workload, leading individuals to fall further behind and eventually break down.
  3. Fixing burnout requires controlling individual worker investment of time and effort by measuring workload and ensuring it fits within available time.
The Radar 59 implied HN points 11 Jan 24
  1. Amazon's shift towards a strict return-to-office policy after the pandemic has caused employees to face unexpected challenges and disruptions in their work-life balance.
  2. The company's focus on cost control and downsizing has led to a shift away from its previous values, resulting in the departure of talented employees and a potential brain drain.
  3. The tactics employed by Amazon, such as enforcing compliance through threats and disregarding prior assurances, raise concerns about the company's treatment of its employees and its adherence to its own stated values.
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.
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.
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.
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.