Friday Favorites: 5 best things I read this week

Zenefits: What’s life really like inside an ailing unicorn?
I’m fascinated by Zenefits, a startup that provides free HR software to small companies. They grew from 15 to 1,400 employees in less than two years and peaked at a $4.5 billion valuation. Then the wheels fell off and the CEO got pushed out. LinkedIn editor Caroline Fairchild spoke with 20+ employees to learn what it’s been like to work there.

How a Mexican janitor invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Richard Montañez’s story of how he became an Executive Vice President at one of the largest food companies is incredible. And now he’s giving back to provide the next generation of Latino’s with opportunity.

A top recruiter on what anyone can see after 30 seconds with your resume
Ambra Benjamin, an experienced recruiter, walks through how she quickly determines whether a candidate is the right fit. Keywords, formatting, cover letters, online presence. It’s all covered here.

Jack Dorsey explains how he manages 18-hour workdays at 2 companies
The CEO of Twitter and Square shares how he manages running both companies. And on the surface things seem to be going quite well. I’m sure this puts a strain on employees who have to adapt to his dual schedules.

How ‘Rocky’ turned the common man into a hero and Sylvester Stallone into a star
I love the Rocky movies (#2 is my personal favorite), but Stallone’s story of how he got his movie career off the ground is even more inspirational.

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Friday Favorites: 5 best things I read this week (3/4/16)

LinkedIn CEO passing his $14 million stock grant to employees
In the face of LinkedIn’s 40% stock drop, Jeff Weiner forgoes his equity grant and gives it to employees. Very cool.

Competence is the enemy of change by Seth Godin
Written in 1999, this is a fantastic read about the need to continually develop ourselves. And his words ring even more true a decade and a half later. “It doesn’t take a lot of time to change, it takes will. The will to change. The will to take a risk. The will to become incompetent – at least for a while.”

How this ex-Yelp employee blew her chances for a raise by Liz Wiseman
Solid advice on both when and how to have difficult compensation discussions. (Hint: don’t talk about it when you’re angry.)

To counteroffer or not to counteroffer… by Kevin Delaney
An employee tells you she has a job offer and is leaving unless you counter. What do you do? A Silicon Valley HR executive offers advice.

How Stephen Curry broke his own 3-point record
Because who can’t get excited about a lifetime underdog revolutionizing the game of basketball? And did you see his game-winning shot against the Thunder? Wow.

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