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They encourage their staff to move quickly, act autonomously, and constantly experiment. Many of their working practices would seem alien to a traditional project manager or HR consultant.
Fortunately, such companies also tend to publish how they work.
The list below contains company manuals and culture books from many of the world’s most successful businesses. If you want to grow fast and build an incredible team, they are an amazing source of inspiration.
We hope you find them useful:
- The Netflix Culture (which has superseded the famous Netflix Culture Deck). Patty McCord, co-creator of the culture deck, recently wrote a book called Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.
- The book Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard, the eccentric founder of Patagonia.
- Google’s values and Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead.
- The Basecamp Employee Handbook.
- The Valve Handbook.
- The Hubspot Culture Code.
- Bridgewater’s Principles and Culture.
- Delivering Happiness, a book about Zappos’ culture, and The Zappos Culture Book.
- Jeff Bezos interviewed by Charlie Rose about Amazon’s philosophy and Amazon’s leadership principles.
- Glitch’s (formerly Fog Creek) remote work policy.
- Book In A Box’s culture doc—a public, working draft in Google Docs, to which any visitor can add comments and suggestions.
- Crisp’s “DNA”
- GitHub is interesting in that it reverted from a self-help structure to a management-driven structure. The Gitlab Handbook is an awesome, detailed insight into how the company now works. It’s also a great example of the value of documenting company procedures. For more about GitHub, see the slides of talks that its founder, Zach Holman, has given over the years.
- From Brewdog, the “Field Guide On How To Be More Brewdog.” We like its history section (Section 1), which reminds newcomers how quickly the company is developing. We also like that it has a stories section (Section 2). Stories can teach newcomers how the company does things.
- Many more companies’ culture decks on SlideShare.
We also like the following articles about culture:
- What makes work meaningful—or meaningless
- 80% of your culture is your founder
- The first two chapters of the book The Lean Mindset by Mary and Tom Poppendieck
Please let us know if you discover any other culture books—or great resources for managing companies.
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