At HubSpot, we practice “extreme transparency,” making almost every piece of information about the business available to every employee. It’s an unorthodox approach, but one that’s saved countless meetings, attracted better employees, and stopped us from making a few really terrible decisions.
Enforcing Your Top Priorities
I want every individual in the company to know how to respond when a colleague asks for help. So I develop and share a list of the company’s five most important activities over the next 60-90 days. If the task is a top-five item - or an item ranked higher in the top five than the activity you're already working on - then you stop what you’re doing and help.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Reading Stone’s book – as fine a profile of a secretive, fast-growing company as you are likely to encounter – you quickly understand that Amazon is Bezosland from shore to shore. Like other great U.S. technology leaders of the past half century, Bezos combines natural intelligence, an unquenchable drive, a propensity to attack the impossible, impatience with creatures of convention and fearlessness. These characteristics have allowed Bezos to turn Amazon from a low-margin bookseller into the cash generating, technology machine it is today
Founders at Work
We bought this for most of our employees. It’s about the early days of a startup--the first year of large companies that you know like PayPal or Adobe. We’re very entrepreneurial. Our initial employees are a little less so. They’re taking our word for it that it’s like this, this is how it goes. It’s crazy. But having a book like this that shows it was like this at companies you’ve heard of helps assuage their fears.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
A series of small hacks to optimize your life for accomplishing things. A phenomenal book and massively life changing. I’ve read it four times.