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Publisher's Summary

When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.  

McCord advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying good-bye to employees who don’t fit the company’s emerging needs, and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks, and bonus plans. McCord argues that the old standbys of corporate HR—annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement programs—often end up being a colossal waste of time and resources. Her road-tested advice, offered with humor and irreverence, provides readers a different path for creating a culture of high performance and profitability.   

Powerful will change how you think about work and the way a business should be run.

©2017 Patty McCord (P)2017 Missionday

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Brilliant & Insightful

I was first “introduced” to Patty listening to ‘This Week In Startups,’ a Podcast w/ Jason Calacanis. After listening to her episode I immediately downloaded the book and loved it. Great insights you can immediately incorporate into your current company culture. Very well written and very well read.👌🏼

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Great insight and ideas.

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I really enjoyed it.

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Excellent book on building a solid culture

Excellent for people wanting to hire great people and get them on your team. Well done!

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For all HR and OD practitioners

If you are looking to lead or influence a culture for a 20th century organization, Patty's insight is invaluable.

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Good listen. Thought Provoking

Interesting approach to hear about how NetFlix managed their culture. Lots of things to apply to your company or team. Worth the read.

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Good for what it was.

With each part broken down by chapter and the narration, this is a short and sweet read that makes note taking on the subject of creating a positive culture a very positive read.

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If you work in tech world, want to build a company or become executive level at start up, listen this!

I am very in love with everything! - the way audible and the audio broadcasted make me speechless. You wanna know why i love it!! Enjoy this book!

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  • dennis
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  • 05-25-18

Awesome!

Crystal clear thinking and concept - love it!
Provocative indeed, but worth the read. Do it.

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Highly recommend for those who tend to think outside the box.

What a wonderful new way to approach employees and the culture of a business. the way the author explains/tells the stories brings about you new ideas and ways of thinking about culture.

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Feeling Overwhelmed from Growth? Read This

This helps leaders struggling with growth (scaling culture, performance and engagement beyond your early team) - The book provides a path on helping you decide where to begin and offers excellent questions for you and our team to answer - Highly recommended if you are looking feeling worn down and helpless by the monuments task of scaling your business

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  • Liz Scully
  • 07-19-18

Fascinating and easy to absorb information

Great book - very enjoyable. Short and to the point - which I much appreciate in a business book!

If you're interested in culture building within a company, this will be surely be helpful.

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  • Smileworks Liverpool
  • 06-16-18

Maevellous insight into how to turn HR into money.

This is a great story and a great insight into how to drop the old ways and learn how to deal with people at work in 2018 and beyond.

It's changed the way I do a whole load of things in my company. Must read for anyone who has or works in a serious business

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-18

Very interesting.

Good advice, well narrated and not too full of waffle and padding, quite good, would recommend if your interested in the Netflix culture

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  • jc
  • 03-05-18

Great simple take home and action learnings

Where so many books struggle, caught up in overly complex stories and concepts, this book shares some good examples that I will take away and learn from.

The delivery is relaxed, self assured and very listenable, certainly not forced or droney, the killer for audiobooks.
Highly recommend, enjoy the book/audiobook.

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  • Ashden
  • 02-23-18

Brilliant

Great insight's, informal and very very useful. Would recommend to anybody interested or wanting to learn about business culture and change.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-18

Loved it!

Loved this book! Eye opening and many Agh-Huh moments. The examples are very relatable. HR advice for fast moving, competitive businesses of today. Mother-Hen HR is no more!

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  • KKOK
  • 02-05-18

Absolutely must listen/read for any manager

Would you listen to Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility again? Why?

I'm a wheels and handles girl - it had some many practical tips I could implement right away

What did you like best about this story?

It came from a richness and depth of experience. You knew, she wasn't telling you things she "thought might be a good idea" but rather - these were things I tried, out of lots of things I tried and these were the things that worked and why

Have you listened to any of Patty McCord and Alex Hyde White ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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Any additional comments?

This is a fantastic book, I have recommended it to everyone that I know would be interested. If you're on the fence, jump off it and get it. There is so much good stuff in it, I've written notes and notes of things and I know I'll be re-reading again.
Thank you Patty - I was really inspired!