If you like business books and biographies, “In-N-Out Burger” by Stacy Perman is an exhaustive foray into the Snyder family business that became this beloved food chain. I love books like this because you can see the obstacles and hardships up close. Sometimes there are explicit lessons and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to share in the insights. Sometimes, it forces you to think about how you feel and where you stand in your business or career and life decisions.
Is staying small the way to go for a business with widespread appeal?
Is family succession the right thing?
Does promoting from within reward long-term hard work or breed insularity?
In-N-Out grew up around a time when women didn’t play prominent roles, but has this changed now for them and for the other businesses with the same history? Or is there too much of an ingrained culture there and elsewhere for women to make inroads? What advice would I share with my daughters seeing how much ground women need to catch up on?
If you like the food chain or are a foodie in general, this is a good read. For the general public, it’s somewhat long and dry but it’s thorough and clearly well-researched.