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Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

By: Patty McCord
Narrated by: Patty McCord,Alex Hyde White
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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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No HR fluff

I strongly aligned to the core messages in this book. I agreed with a lot of the approaches, but I also took away new thinking on several ideas, which I hope to implement in our company.
Thanks for sharing these valuable insights.

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Interesting insights to agile HR

This was an easy read. In a world that is changing and growing by the day, being agile is important.

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Brief but comprehensive

This book touched on many topics in a short and concise manner. It was an easy listen with lots of related stories.

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Good snappy read

Great listen.
Strong message, direct and relevant to those who lead or wish to.

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Another awesome book for startups

Patty McCord the former chief talent officer at Netflix. She co created Netflix culture deck.
This book is about for people who are interested HR, Team leaders, managers d executives.
It gives you an insight of how Patty and Reed Hastings together build the culture of Netflix... So many gold nuggets in this book.

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good

did not finish it as there was very little new or enlightened within the first 5 chapters or so.

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How to make a difference

Highly recommend! an interesting audio for anyone wanting to make a difference in the system. Easy to listen to, many good points. Would accompany with the book "Beyond Civilization" by Daniel Quinn and the audible "The Culture Code- the secrets of highly successful groups" by Daniel Coyle

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Great story, not sure about the performance

This book came highly recommended to me and after listening to some of Patty McCord's interviews I thought I'd give it a shot. I really enjoyed the story, however Patty's reading was a little robotic. I found that Patty sounded disconnected from the words and 'just reading', which sounded so different to her interviews - there was much more personality during her interviews on this book.

Must add that I'm not a big reader and this was my first experience with an audiobook iso don't have much to compare with.

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Interesting take

Insteresting take on Culture and HR as a whole. Some innovative ideas I'd agree with, some where I'd be more on the fence as it feels it is not taking some elements into account. Still very glad I read it.

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A must read for all team leaders

Amazing content coupled with great narration. Highly recommended. Lots of great insights into how to approach people and culture within the organisation.

If you lead teams or have aspirations to, this book will disrupt the traditional convention of what you think (largely due to our experiences) and provide good food for thought.

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