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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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I really enjoyed it.

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Disruptive HR Innovation

I wish all HR professionals would listen to this audiobook or read this book. I’m tired of the traditional way of doing HR. It’s been long overdue for more disruptive HR leaders like Patty McCord to emerge and change the role that HR plays in organizations.
To Miss McCord, thank you for writing this book. You’re an inspiration.

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Stunning and truthful

This is a total game changer for the workplace. Even if you’re not a team leader yet, listen to this and make everyone at your work listen too. Patty hit he nail on the head about what’s wrong with so many workplace cultures, and she does it in the simplest and most honest way. Loved this book.

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Inspiring but not very insightful on practices

The book is very inspiring and also suiting as you understand that building a high productive culture is a process with lots of mistakes. Still, she does not give much of concrete advice on how to build your own culture but more guidelines. Still, I find it though provoking and useful.

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A lot of good takeaways

A good book for me is one where several key ideas really stick with me. I have trotted out several snippets to my co-workers.
- Treat folks like adults and model the behavior you expect
- Sometimes you hire folks to do a job and they do it. There's no shame if either side needs to move on after that.
- You need to look ahead and build the team you need in 6 months. The team you have might not have all the right skills.
- If you need to let someone go for poor performance, that should not be a surprise to person because both sides should be working on the problem ahead of time.

I enjoyed Patty's tone - no nonsense and cuts right through the typical corp/HR babble.

And it was fun to learn about some of Netflix's history along the way.

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Read it now or go the way of the top down dinosaur

Listened to Patty McCord's indispensable book, shared the hardback with my now ex-boss (who not only ignored it, but criticized me for it), and now I have a fabulous new leader, whom I shared the book with as well. This book gave me new insight into being a better contributor.

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Essential

Her perspective is novel and logical. I love it.
The reading of her work is tender and impassioned if a little unrefined at times. But I wouldn't wish to hear a professional narrator read it. It adds so much to the experience to hear it come from her.

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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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  • 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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  • Ben
  • 08-20-18

Great read

Really enjoyed this book. One that gets you thinking and motivated to do something about it!

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  • Mr David Igoe
  • 08-10-18

Different perspective

I'm familiar with the Netflix culture so this was a bit of a slow burner (first 3 chapters.) However, the HR angle on hiring and building a great sports teams was really insightful and made me question numerous assumptions.

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  • PureSymmetry
  • 08-09-18

Worth buying, well read, great content.

Loved this audible and should have listened sooner. Will definitely be returning to this again and again.

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  • Sandy
  • 08-05-18

Thinking deeply about the culture you want?

Short, snappy and to the point. A great "listen" for any leader thinking about the culture they want or have in their organisation. Bags of challenge, ideas to test - ultimately every culture is unique but this will help you towards your best version - aligned to agile thinking, the goal, continuous improvement etc

Read along with the Netflix Culture Deck (both the current and the original versions).

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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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  • 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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  • raj
  • 10-15-18

great book

loved it, great insight and love the narration. thought provoking, my organizations going through some of the transformation. book really helped thinking outside of the box

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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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Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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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!