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Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

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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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Short. Packed with thought provoking goodness

Patty has done. If culture is the strategy of the way we work, Patty is Silicon Valley's Sun Tzu.

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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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easy read and insightful

it's a good read. writer's approach is different from other traditional thinkers and yet effective.. enjoyed it and learnt new lessons...

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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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  • 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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  • Mauro Locarnini
  • 08-02-19

Good HR criticism - wrong alternative solutions

I think the author makes a really good point in regards to old HR practices that have no link to the business and are not even good for people. However looking one to one the alternatives suggested... well you’re only left with anew problem. Saying that one example of friend shows that engagement has no link to company success clearly shows how ill informed the book is. Yes obsession with any metric or practice is never good but doing away with all practices without clearly suggesting what works is dangerous advise.

She does make a good point explaining the benefits of candid feedback, proactively letting go of people and excellent hiring. The overall message let’s me with a taste of taking people as commodities, yes you will treat them with respect but you dispose with them as soon as something better comes across.

Yes employees should be the drivers of their own careers, but companies benefit hugely helping them build up their competencies for a future we don’t yet know. How can you find outside the skills needed for something you as a company are creating...

A pity that such good criticism of HR turns out so flawed

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  • Jose
  • 02-02-18

Great insight and ideas.

This was a great narration which shared some d
great insights and examples.

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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  • jose antonio rossi
  • 11-08-19

Glad I have never worked there

Book about extreme competitiveness, rudeness disguised as “truth”, silver coating treating badly employees as focus on customers. I have bad feelings when I watch anything from Netflix nowadays.

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  • Joe Gonsalves
  • 03-07-19

Quick Read, Great Read

Insightful, interesting and easy to comprehend. A great read for those who plan to build or manage a team. It's not a family, it's a team.

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  • Norm
  • 23-05-19

Simply the best

If I was to only recommend one book on team development and culture this would be it. Enough said. Enjoy!

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  • Kitty
  • 20-05-19

Challenged My View of HR Role

This was an interesting story that challenged my view of HR’s role for the business and employees. I highly recommend it to anyone, even experienced HR partners!

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  • Luc
  • 24-04-19

Mind Blowing

It’s short but it really makes you question the idea of process within a company.

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  • R. Bell
  • 16-04-19

If you manage people listen to this book!

Thank you, Patty, for calling out the world's need to hand hold employees! One of the best books, I have listened to in a long time. I have implemented several of the suggestion in my company.