Lessons from Scaling Stripe

Lenny’s Podcast | 5 March 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Claire Hughes Johnson about her book Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building. Shares insights from her time at Google and Stripe on how to successfully build and scale organizations, the importance of building self-awareness, tactical advice on how to say things that are hard to say, as well as how to improve your internal communications, and more.


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Power Failure: What Happened to GE?

The Next Big Idea | 19 January 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William Cohan about his book Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon. Explores the role and responsibility of Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt in the downfall of General Electric, formerly the most valuable company in the world.

See also Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article Was Jack Welch the Greatest C.E.O. of His Day—or the Worst?

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How to Fire People with Grace, Work Through Fear, and Nurture Innovation

Lenny’s Podcast | 10 November 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Mochary discussing his framework for approaching layoffs, how productivity goes up with fewer people, what to pay attention to when you feel angry or fearful, how to build new products within a larger company, how to make sure everyone in the organization feels valued and heard, and more. Draws from his book The Great CEO Within: The Tactical Guide to Company Building and his Mochary Method Curriculum.

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Why Are There So Many Bad Bosses?

Freakonomics Radio | 3 March 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Backgrounds the Peter Principle: the tendency to promote people in hierarchies until they reach their level of incompetence. Considers the evidence on whether managers matter, explains why firms keep producing incompetent managers, and why that’s unlikely to change.

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Charles Koch on Belief in People

The School of Greatness | 18 November 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Koch about his book Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World. Extols empowering people to find their gift, turn it into valued skills, and apply it in a way that enables them to succeed by contributing to others. Discusses the principles underlying Koch’s success in business and philanthropy.

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What if Your Company Had No Rules?

Freakonomics Radio | 12 September 2020 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Reed Hastings about his book No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-authored with Erin Meyer. Backgrounds how he came to believe that corporate rules kill creativity and innovation. Advocates that for some companies the greatest risk can be taking no risks at all and that it is better to prioritise flexibility than efficiency.

See also How to Fire People, an interview with Patty McCord about the Netflix culture.

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