Aaron Levie

Box CEO Aaron Levie may have made his millions helping companies move their data to the cloud, but the 33-year-old founder still takes the time to sit down and read a book.

It’s up to Levie, the leader of a 1,960-person workforce at a company that has $500 million in annual revenue and is valued at $3.75 billion, to set the tone at Box. So even though Levie is known widely as the funniest CEO in enterprise tech, it’s no surprise that his books of choice are actually quite serious.

Speaking on stage last week at BoxWorks, Box’s annual user conference, Levie shared two books he believes all the attendees should read and absorb.

Here’s what he suggested:

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“Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” by Patty McCord (2018)

Patty McCord, the former chief talent officer at Netflix, gives her take on recruiting, motivating, and building great teams in “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.”

McCord, who worked at Netflix from 1998 to 2012, stands against the old style of corporate human resources, which she sees as a waste of time. Instead, according to the book’s description on Amazon, she “advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying goodbye to employees who don’t fit the company’s emerging needs, and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks, and bonus plans.”

Levie isn’t the only person in Silicon Valley to take notice. McCord has gotten a lot of buzz since the book came out in early 2018. Arianna Huffington and Laurene Powell Jobs both endorsed McCord’s book, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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