Bobby Powers is the head of HR and Learning & Development for Gravity Payments in Seattle. Gravity became famous several years ago when founder Dan Price decided to take a 90% pay cut and raise the minimum wage at his company to $70,000 per year. That, along with several other “radical” business principles, has led to tremendous growth.

It was this unique culture that led Bobby into HR in the first place. He is now responsible for perpetuating that culture as the company continues to expand. In addition to his day job, Bobby is a prolific reader (reading over 70 books each year) and writer (he is a top writer on Medium and has a personal blog at

Books Referenced:
Crucial Conversations – Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler
Make to Stick – Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Wooden on Leadership – John Wooden & Steve Jamison
Equip: The Gravity Leadership Playbook – Bobby Powers
Start with Why – Simon Sinek
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
How to Read a Book – Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Von Doren
Drive – Daniel Pink