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Hard work is irrelevant. Be radically honest. Adequate performance gets a generous severance. 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 125 million fervent subscribers and a market capitalisation bigger than 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 financial approvals, Netflix offers a fundamentally different way to run any organisation, one far more in tune with a 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.

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©2020 Erin Meyer, Reed Hastings (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Pronunciation issues

Please check the pronunciation of certain words in Indian context like Bheem, Mahabharata...if possible get it reviewed and corrected.

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Fabulous book, gives a lot of food for thought!

Loved the book, gives a lot of food for thought about where you are, what you aspire to be and a clear pathway to make it happen.
The book is not just relevant to the organisational culture but to you personal life, improving personality and gives a new perspective to see things that you or your team or organisation might have ignored or not considered earlier.

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Awesome

This is a must read for any working professional. I would recommend reading, taking notes and revisiting this book every 3 months. Learnings can be applied to any organization - be it a start up or an MNC. Ideal when you have some time on hand to grasp and internalize the learnings.

Heavily focused on people, culture, performance.

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OKish

lots of learnings that could be made into a smaller book. I am not sure how these learnings can be applied to most people's lives u less you are in the creative world

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Must for organizations that wants to transform

I loved the narration. Great examples to ellucidate the subject. And it takes time to bring change, but only if one is willing to accept the change, should aspire for it. Larger corporates may take years to execute something like this, but its not late even if they start now, because this is what people look for in new world full of possibilities.

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So much personal resonance.

Great insights towards building culture. A must read for people who are or inspire to lead tech driven organizations.

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A good insight into the Netflix culture

A good insight into the cut-throat work culture of Netflix where there is no chance for failures or do-overs.

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One of the best management books I've read

One of the best management books I've read in a very long time. Simple lessons to achieve innovation and excellence, yet very hard to implement in most organizations.

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Articulate and with Candour

This is a preview into a detailed multicultural environment at work and must read for entrepreneurs and those working in multicultural ecosystems.
great lessons shared .

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Very good book

Very good book sharing what worked and what didn't at Netflix. Happy to learn that flexibility more important than efficiency in today's super changing world.

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  • Kacper
  • 02-02-21

One of the best business/management books out there

Innovative approach not only to one of the key challenges of today’s business world - culture, but also to management in general. This book provides a perfect mix of storytelling, research and frameworks - something rare in business books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-20

Good read

This book explains how Netflix reinvented the entire entertainment industry, explains the amazing thing they practiced at Netflix.

Good book for learning different leadership practices!

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  • Hemali Tanna
  • 27-09-20

Boring and repetitive

The book dragged on for hours, for what could be summarized in a 15 min youtube video, or shorter. The writing wasn't even entertaining, to endure the length.

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  • M. Hubbard
  • 25-03-21

Awful

After reading THAT WILL NEVER WORK which is by the first CEO of Netflix and who it all started I had really high hopes for this book and it was a massive let down.
Lets start with holidays or vacation to our American friends. Oh how we laughed when it is said that Netflix dont have a policy and employees can take what they want. Then we are told that 54% of Americans dont take their full vacation entitlement. But then we can only deduce that Netflix staff take even less as they are subtly pressured to take very little at all as Netflix only have the very best staff and the rest are asked to leave with ' generous severance packages'.
But are they? There is a whole section on a Netflix representative in India that does really poorly and has feedback to him that whilst in India he is really not sociable by continually looking at his watch watch when out for dinner with major clients. He takes the feedback well but if Netflix only have the very best staff how is this person allowed to keep his job in what is a major client interface role.
The whole we only have the best people thing reminded me of Jack Walsh and the General Electric debacle of each year firing the bottom 10% of people. Its not liberating and its not fair as the CEO is not in the firing block each year.
Besides as an investor Ive long felt that Netlix is the worlds largest Ponzi scheme. More and more revenue has been achieved especailly with the lockdown, but the actual profit is really really low ( and dont start about the lack of corp tax in the UK). Netflix will say that this because they need to build up a really large own studio work to protect them from the studios, but even Amazon was able to show profit from AWS and later from retail sales. Netflix is not showing this direction and 90% of the content is tosh even if they are getting some awards.
I feel that Erin Meyer sold her soul to the devil in this book as only a cursory glance to employee feedback from Netflix shows it is below average for a large tech company and its industry as a whole and Im not just speaking about only looking at Glass Door.
So in summary. Im not impressed and I didnt learn anything from this book. That will never work was brilliant in the initial story telling and I understand more now why the first CEO left. If you like the work practices of Sports Direct, Amazon you will like this. And I do mean work practices, which this book preaches. If you want a great book on the start and success of Amazon read the everything store.

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  • Hani Tarabichi
  • 24-05-21

Excellent Read/Listen

though provoking concepts. Love it. It gave many insights and different ways at looking at organizing and organizations.

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  • R.G.
  • 16-05-21

written and delivered exceptionally well

written and delivered exceptionally well. I really enjoyed this book and everything it had to offer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-21

must read

it's a must have for managers and leaders in any organizations. I recommend it for consideration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-05-21

Accessible and actionable insights

Very interesting insights shared in an accessible and memorable way. Examples of failures in particular help the reader to understand how the concepts play out in reality

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-21

Netflix Culture

Amazing insights into Netflix culture. Be prepared to reassess everything you've learnt and witnessed within your own organisation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-21

Too many self-pleasing comments

Too often ‘the audience all read my book’ and ‘person x complemented me on my book’, this info doesn’t add to the content of this book.

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  • rnabrown
  • 27-03-21

Useful Points, Plentiful Examples

Overall, some excellent and insightful points on how to run a business. As with most things, it's just suggestions/recommendations for what might work for your business. Plenty of examples to support points made. A little slow/drawn out in places.

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  • M. Mubanga
  • 03-03-21

Fantastic Read

Very informative - I have learned a lot from the Netflix experience. Recommend to everyone!

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  • Alex F
  • 27-02-21

Great book!!!

Clear, innovative, interesting, forward thinking book about new ways of running a modern day company

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-21

I felt inspired

I really enjoyed this book. It has helped me review my management style and made me rethink a few of my view points. NZ employment law limits what can be implemented around performance management but the points made are worth discussing within a management team.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

Interesting insight into Innovative Org

The practical approach which removes red tape allowing tens to flourish is great to read .

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  • Ben
  • 16-11-20

Good audiobook and surprisingly balanced

I am always sceptical of books about founders but it was good to hear the way they gave examples of when things didn't work and how they addressed it (rather than just hero worshipping).

If you are in a firm with a deeply embedded culture then this is not going to give you any quick fixes but an insightful read (or listen) that shows there are better ways for an organisation to function.

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  • David Clark
  • 25-09-20

Interesting read

I found this book insightful and interesting. It illustrates a new approach to management.