NO RULES RULES

NETFLIX and the Culture of Reinvention

by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

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If you give employees more freedom instead of developing processes to prevent them from exercising their own judgment, they will make better decisions and it's easier to hold them accountable.

Reed Hastings
BEST FOR
Leaders that value people over processes
THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU
Defy tradition and break rules
ENJOY IT
Whilst you take advantage of Netflix’s no vacation policy
READING TIME
320 pages: 5 hours 20 minutes
BOOK SPECS
Hardcover, Penguin Press, 2020

Roberto's opinion

Team is family. Reed Hastings does not think so! He likes team members to be like high performance athletes instead. Families get complacent. You always have that lazy and drunk uncle that you put up with. There’s no room for uncle at Netflix.

In No Rules Rules, he, along with Erin Meyer detail how the Netflix culture came about after his start at a software company and the mistakes he made there.

Vacation and expense policies make for slow processes and a slow company. Netflix has none of this. This unorthodox culture has made them into of the world's most innovative company cultures. Yet, performance is expected or you will be shown the door, with a 4-month severance.

This bold focus allows Netflix to reinvent itself over and over again, since starting out as a DVD mail rental service back in 1998.

You may not agree with some of Reed’s weird methods and controversial ideologies but you can’t argue with his results and reach so far.

Disclaimer: No DVDs were harmed during this review!

About these authors

Reed Hastings is an entrepreneur who has revolutionized entertainment since cofounding Netflix in 1997, serving as its chairman and CEO since 1999. His first company, Pure Software, was launched in 1991 and was acquired just before Netflix launched. Hastings served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004 and is an active educational philanthropist. He has sat on the board of several educational organizations including Dreambox Learning, the KIPP Foundation, and the Pahara Institute. He received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS in artificial intelligence from Stanford University in 1988.

Erin Meyer is the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business and a professor at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading international business schools. Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Forbes.com. In 2019, Meyer was selected by the Thinkers50 as one of the fifty most influential business thinkers in the world. She received an MBA from INSEAD in 2004, and she currently lives in Paris, France.

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