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No Rules Rules

Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
Written by: Reed Hastings, Erin Meyer
Narrated by: Jason Culp, Allyson Ryan
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
4.6 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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

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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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The most insightful story I have heard!

Absolutely loved it....so much food for thought. What a fantastic story!! Already looking forward to listening to it again....

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A must listen

This is one of the most impressive book I have come across, a must read if you wish to learn, adapt and grow.

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Amazing

really liked the concepts like - talent density, freedom & responsibility, lead by context and not control, eliminate rules, be humble and curious, culture of feedback. what Netflix is been able to build as a culture is extraordinary and inspiring. thank you!

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Very Interesting

It is a nice book about creating a culture of innovation. It outlines how companies can focus on building a culture of innovation by hiring right people and creating the right environment for innovation.

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Narrators tone were monotonous and some places felt the story was too slow and boring

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Best relevant business book

The concepts were simple, logical and more importantly demonstrated. The journey of the company and its people is inspiring.

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Good book for organization difference seekers

very well written book. it will be very handy for business leaders who seek to build a successful and competing organization.

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A great insight into what made Netflix Netflix...

My initiation in the software industry was very educational, to say the least. While I met and worked with some great colleagues, some of whom are still friends till date, and I had the opportunity to learn and grow with some wonderful managers, I was also very lucky to work at some #toxic #cultures and with some really #incompetent #managers. Lucky, partly because I wouldn't have become a better person all by myself!, and largely because it has made me a connoisseur of fine corporate culture! Once I started listening to Reed Hastings's latest book, I just couldn't put it down (at least the headphones!). He has so well distilled the voice of the trenches that we #leaders often ignore, pursuing our own narrow-minded and selfish agendas instead. This is not only a book for leaders but for anyone who cares for how we #work and wants to bring a difference. And while I am proud to work at #Walmart and everyday recognize what a great culture Mr. Sam Walton built at our wonderful company, if this book is any indication to go by, I can't imagine what a vibrant culture it must be at #Netflix. I can't recommend this book enough for any #learner! https://www.norulesrules.com/

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No process

Can a company thrive without any process ? Apparently yes , Netflix has no rules, employee can take unlimited vacations, claim expense without limits , provide feedback to your boss... Eliminating rules results in a highly productive and satisfied team. When an organization introduces process to avoid errors , we soon end up with so many processes and rules , it affects productivity. When an organization trusts it's employees , doesn't equate hours spent in office as productivity , encourages candor , employee productivity and satisfaction improves. When employees break the trust, they get fired or when they are no longer the best person for that position, they are fired with generous compensation.

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  • Hemali Tanna
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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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  • Mr. R. B. Bence
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Bloated

This book is a bloated and drawn out version of Powerful. Avoid this and check out Powerful by Patty McCord instead.

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  • Vidur Kumar
  • 16-09-20

Practical, specific and with clear caveats

Loved the clear detailing of org choices with the examples and conditions on when to consider what. Narration by co-authors made the audiobook a joy to listen to. And the appended PDF was perfect to make the last chapter real and meaningful. Definitely a book I'd recommend to someone in the creative economy - at any level of the organization.

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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.