Company Culture

Why the WSJ has it all wrong on the Netflix Culture.

Netflix runs on a ruthless, demoralizing and dysfunctional culture. People are shamed publically for their failings, forced to discuss mistakes in a humiliating open forum and bluntly fired when they don’t perform
Or that’s what the Wall Street Journal would have you believe. I think their conclusions are very wrong.

People

Our growing obsession with college degrees is lazy, ineffective and racist.

I need to confess something. Something I’m not particularly proud of. When someone announces that they have an MBA, I have to consciously remind myself not to discriminate against them. It’s bad isn’t it – I’m quite ashamed of myself as I write this. And it’s wrong – some of my best and smartest friends […]

Company Culture

Don’t base employee perks on hierarchy. Here’s why.

I worked at BT, the UK phone company, for nearly ten years—from graduation to when I was 30. I had five roles during that time and got promoted twice. Despite being a good and hard worker, I ended up in the wrong job entirely. I became hideously disengaged and ultimately left. The culprit? Ambition combined […]

Company Culture

Microsoft shows the way with paid-parental leave for subcontractors

In 20 years of business I’ve lost count of how many days, weekends, public holidays and even a couple of Boxing Days that I’ve spent or wasted on arduous, bureaucratic procurement exercises jumping through hoops to show a company that we can do the job for them and meet their often oddball standards for suppliers. […]

Company Culture

Wonga crashes and I’m sorry, not sorry.

Some 600 people lost their jobs today as the UK’s highest-profile payday lender, Wonga, went into administration. I feel sorry for almost all of those employees – most of them decent people working in HR, marketing, technology and service, trying to do a good job while dealing with their own personal struggles in life. But […]

Company Culture

Will anything other than public transparency fix pay’s dirty little secret?

When I was a CEO, the annual pay review would cause my heart to sink. In fact, I was often heard muttering that, as annual projects went, it won hands down in being the greatest amount of work to make the fewest people happy. What is going on with pay? Is it time we blew the lid on things and discussed pay’s dirty little secret?

People

Big AT&T versus their own pensioners. An ugly and uneven looking fight.

Pensions aren’t something you’ll find me writing about often but this story in today’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye. AT&T, the world’s largest phone company, has found it has overpaid a small number of its pensioners. And now it wants the money back. The problem for many of them is that they’ve spent it. […]

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