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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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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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Great read

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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  • Jessica Lea Nolette
  • 26-02-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-18

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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  • Luke Kujacznski
  • 19-01-19

Great read!

Quick read that is easy to follow. It will encourage to take risks and create the culture you need to grow.

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  • Daniel Tadashi
  • 09-01-19

Interesting insights into the Netflix HR world

Interesting insights into the HR world of an innovative company in a constantly (fast) changing environment.

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  • jborello
  • 09-01-19

Awesome!!

Best book I have read in last 12 months, hands down

great story, great narration

All of it

A must read for business owners, leaders, and managers

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  • Garron Rose
  • 08-01-19

One of the best books on company culture that I have read

I’m grateful for this honest behind-the-scenes tour of what seems to be a secret of much of Netflix’s success. Patty does an excellent job of narrating, making it infinitely more accessible and down to earth than I would’ve expected. It’s a groundbreaking work on what workplace culture can and should become. At once hopeful and grounded and honest. In fact, the stories of the failures, not merely the successes makes it even more hopeful. It has deeply impacted my management style, forever debunking the correlation between building a successful workplace and the race for more and better perks. I’m grateful to have shared in and personally grown from this experience.
This book is much bigger than even the name implies. Thank you for sharing your important story.

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  • Chris Dahlstrom
  • 16-12-18

Sr. IT Project Manager Joining the Revolution

I'm ready to join the revolution Patty. Very validating & inspiring! Thank you so much!

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  • Roland Wamara
  • 25-10-18

Thought provoking!

Quite an insightful book and also thought provoking.

The author challenges ways in which we think about HR and put most principles to the test to find out if they holdup.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-18

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.