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Five Ways You Can Build A Business With Staying Power

When I started my company, I had a dream and a plan, but I had no idea it would grow into a nationally ranked integrated communications and public affairs firm. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, I’ve been thinking about the actions that create staying...

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Why Netflix urges staff to interview elsewhere

Netflix is arguably one of the most forward-thinking firms on the Big Tech scene. And the company has pioneered numerous management innovations – giving it a reputation for forward-thinking practices when it comes to performance management. Business...

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Patty McCord on voguish HR-speak and life after Netflix

Patty McCord, the former chief talent officer at Netflix, was recently contacted by a human resources executive with news of an epiphany. Reading Ms McCord’s book Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility prompted the woman to cancel her...

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Building Company Culture for the Modern Workforce

Millennial and Generation Z keynote speaker and author, Ryan Jenkins, welcomes Patty McCord, former Netflix Chief Talent Officer, to the Next Generation Catalyst Podcast. Patty is also the author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and...

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Reward top performers with higher pay

Does Patty McCord, former chief talent officer at Netflix, have a point? In her just-published article on corporate pay for Harvard Business Review, she doesn’t mince her words. “The prevailing system is behind the times,” she slams. “It’s based on what...

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Recruiting Is A Business Function–Treat It Like One

Recruiters are often treated like record keepers and administrators. This former Netflix exec says that’s a huge (and costly) mistake. I was at a start-up the other day talking to their head of people, and she told me that they were planning an off-site to...

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Revolution: Google and YouTube Changing the World

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki join Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber for a special town hall to discuss the challenges and successes of tech’s disruption of the workplace, and what it means for the future of the...

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How to Build a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

This post is based on my conversation with Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author of Powerful. “People have power; don’t take it away.” Patty McCord Read full article: How to Build a Culture of Freedom...

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A More Powerful Way of Working – with Patty McCord

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, Jerry is joined by Patty McCord, former chief talent officer of Netflix, renowned for pioneering the use of radical honesty in the workplace. With her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and...

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BOOK REVIEW: How Netflix became great

NETFLIX is one of the world’s greatest companies. It didn’t become a great company because it has a great strategy. Let’s be clear about this: strategy never made any company great. Netflix is a great company because it has a sound strategy AND a superb...

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5 Books I’m Reading in The Next 30 Days

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord, Chief Talent Officer at Netflix for 14 years. Patty helped create the world famous Netflix Culture Deck. (Released Jan. 9. I’m cheating on this one. I’ve already read POWERFUL and...

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Patty McCord: Always Be Recruiting

Former Netflix leader urges tech companies to ‘get out the checkbook’ and fix gender pay gap. Patty McCord, former chief talent officer at Netflix, is credited with building a workplace culture that prizes transparency over job security, promises freedom...

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Will #MeToo Level Silicon Valley?

The Hive’s crack team of reporters discuss these, and other penetrating topics, on the latest episode of V.F. Hive on Cheddar. Special guests include Patty McCord, the author of Powerful, who laments Silicon Valley’s gender crisis amid the #MeToo movement;...

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Silicon Valley’s Gender Problem

As the #MeToo movement sweeps Hollywood, some wonder when it will take hold of Silicon Valley. Patty McCord, Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer and author of "POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility," joins The Hive to discuss gender...

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Patty McCord: Building Culture

When it comes to recruiting, motivating and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. She argues that the old standbys of corporate HR—annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement...

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8 Principles for Building a High-Performance Culture

WHEN IT COMES to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. Powerful is a book of advice gained from her experience at Netflix. Read full article: 8 Principles for Building a High-Performance...

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People Have Power. Don’t Take It Away.

The first step in culture transformation is embracing a management mind-set that overturns conventional wisdom. The fundamental lesson we learned at Netflix about success in business today is this: the elaborate, cumbersome system for managing people that...

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10 Most-Anticipated Business Books of 2018

I love books. One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to read 100 books. (I probably read around this every year but I've never tracked it...this year I will.) So naturally, one of the first things I wanted to do in the new year is assemble a reading...

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FT Business books of the month: January edition

Patty McCord was chief talent officer at Netflix for 14 years and helped write the entertainment company’s “freedom and responsibility” deck, a 124-page document that outlines the principles behind its unique company culture. In this book McCord draws on...

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Building a Powerful Culture with Patty McCord

Patty McCord challenges the notion of “best practices” and believes they make teams complacent and can turn a workplace toxic. In this episode of The Remarkable Leadership Podcast, Patty shares with Kevin that these were her frustrations, which led to the...

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Creating a “Powerful” Workplace Culture

Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author of "Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility", discusses her time at Netflix and why certain principles make the company successful. McCord discusses her distaste for the...

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Solving the gender pay gap

How should a company address unequal pay? For former Netflix CTO and author Patty McCord the answer is easy: give women a raise. McCord joined Salon’s Alison Stewart on “Salon Talks” to discuss her new book “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and...

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11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018

Following a year of dizzying news cycles, Twitter flame wars and increasingly deep political divisions, getting engrossed in a meaty book on leadership lessons, in-depth career advice or ideas for improving the way we work may sound pretty tempting. So...

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21 intriguing books I want to read in 2018

Every year, I read advance copies of dozens of big idea and business books. So do other authors, but we all do it separately—and rarely get a chance to discuss, debate, and share our insights. My resolution this year is to change that. Read full article:...

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Business Books to Watch in January 2018

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:...

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Hiring the Best People

Patty McCord, Netflix’s former Chief Talent Officer, sees hiring as constant matchmaking. Building a team of people that gets amazing work done, she says, requires managers to really know what they need, and for HR to actually understand the workings of...

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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2018

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:...

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How to Hire

I really dislike the term “A player.” It implies a grading system that can determine who will be best for a position. HR people always ask how Netflix, where I served as chief talent officer from 1998 to 2012, managed to hire only A players. I say,...

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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2018

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:...

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The 20 New Idea Books to Kick Off 2018

You know that famous culture deck at Netflix? Well, Patty co-created it, and her book unlocks how to build workplaces that prize freedom and responsibility. Read full article: The 20 New Idea Books to Kick Off 2018

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11 Books on Leadership to Read in 2018

Patty McCord led human resources at Netflix when a popular slide deck about the company's culture went viral years ago. Now a consultant, she promotes the idea of "radical honesty in the workplace," sharing lessons from her time at Netflix and...

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LendingClub (LC) Appoints Patty McCord to Board

LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC), America's largest online credit marketplace, today announced that Patty McCord has joined as the newest member of its Board of Directors, effective December 13, 2017. "We are thrilled to have Patty join our board and...

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Scott Cochran: Find a culture that aligns with your values

Patty McCord, the previous chief talent officer at Netflix, became famous when she published a “values document” that detailed what the company expected of its people. It was a far cry from the standard set of core values most companies post on their...

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Patty McCord: Building Culture

When it comes to recruiting, motivating and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. She argues that the old standbys of corporate HR... Read full article: Patty McCord: Building Culture

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Is Netflix’s Successful Workforce Model Right for You?

Imagine saying this to your employees: I don’t just expect you to get the work done better…I expect you to be brilliant. I want you to come in every day, giving everything you’ve got. Knowing that at any time, you may be asked to leave. Because we won’t...

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Patty McCord’s Advice on Culture & What Matters Most

Patty McCord knows a thing or two about creating an unparalleled company culture. In fact, she wrote a deck on it during her fourteen years as Chief Talent Officer of Netflix. But this isn’t just any deck; it has been viewed more than fifteen million...

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Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Most companies reward hard work. This is why people get paid overtime, and why full-time workers make more than part-time ones. But, if you think about it, hard work alone says nothing about how much value you create. You could be toiling day and night,...

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Why Engineers Should Switch Jobs Every Four Years

Before people object to what is written in this article solely because of the title, hear this one out first. While it may look bad in the resume to be jumping companies from time to time, new research says that it is not entirely a bad thing. The previous...

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Should I Quit My Job? 9 Signs It’s Time

And that's actually pretty great. None of us will be happy in our careers every day of every year. If that's what you're looking for, good luck. But you should find satisfaction in the work you do regularly. Because as nice as it is to talk about work/life...

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On Culture: Culturati and a Capital Factory Manifesto

Patty McCord is an original Culturati member, one of our most popular speakers at the first Culturati Summit. We’re excited she’s coming back in 2018 and have a surprise for everyone who attends. From her many years working with companies that range from...

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Don’t Sugar Coat Your Culture

Startups may want to downplay the free food, beer and haircuts and start hiring and treating workers like the adults they need to thrive long term, according to acclaimed leadership consultant Patty McCord. In this episode, the former chief talent officer of Netflix...

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Patty McCord on Language, Culture and Leadership

Patty McCord has spent many years working with companies to help people realize and practice leadership, pushing the boundaries of thinking about the way we all work. McCord served as Chief Talent Officer of Netflix for 14 years, where — with the management team — she...

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2016 Culturati Summit Recap

Culturati Summit convenes an intimate group of C-Suite leaders from across the country who prioritize culture and employee engagement. Patty McCord was a keynote speaker at the 2106 conference. Click here to Watch the 2016 Video Recap

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Can Netflix survive in the new world it created?

One person who helped Hastings create that culture is a woman named Patty McCord. The former head of human resources at Pure Software, she was also Hastings’s neighbor in Santa Cruz. She car-pooled to work with him and socialized with his family on weekends. “I...

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Y Scouts Interview Podcast

Patty McCord is someone who is truly helping push the boundaries of the way we think about work. During her time as the Chief Talent Officer of Netflix she created the famous Netflix Culture Deck, which has been viewed more than 13 Million times on Slideshare. More...

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HBR: PowerPoint Deck

Harvard Business Review  has started to create PowerPoint decks as complements to select articles. These decks are available only to subscribers through the Visual Library on hbr.org (which you can access if you’re a subscriber). They are designed to drive interest in...

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Real Talk With Company Culture Guru Patty McCord

Recently, Patty dropped by HubSpot and sat down with employees to offer her take on the current world of corporate culture. Wasting no time with small talk, she immediately jumped into the sensitive subjects of equalized pay for women, employee empowerment, and the...

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The National Talent Summit, Dublin, Ireland

In this keynote from Goal Summit 2016, Patty challenges you to rethink how you approach HR and change the ways you motivate people, develop talent, build trust and connect business objectives to your people in order to create a dynamic, thriving company.

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Goal Summit 2016: Challenging Everything You Know About HR

Stemming from her time as Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, Patty McCord knows innovative, unconventional startup cultures. In this keynote from Goal Summit 2016, she challenges you to rethink how you approach HR and change the ways you motivate people, develop talent,...

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How Often You Should Really Switch Jobs?

Job hopping is often viewed as a major red flag to prospective employers, but one highly successful businesswoman asserts that moving around every few years is a smart career move. Patty McCord, who worked as chief talent officer of Netflix for more than a decade,...

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WorkLife: Let’s improve the way we hire people

You know that whole thing about hiring the best person for the job? Turns out, it's not that easy. So how do applicants find out whether a job and workplace is right for them? And how do employers improve their strike-rate? The good news is there are plenty of ways we...

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The Awkward Art of the Job Interview

Job interviews can make for some of the most awkward interactions humanly possible. "It’s such a false scenario, right? Interviewing’s weird," said Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and contributor to the Harvard Business Review. "But you want to...

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How Netflix reinvented HR

In a recent article for the Harvard Business Review, McCord outlined how Netflix reinvented HR to create the viral ‘Netflix Culture Deck’ (NCD).Describing the NCD, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously said that not enough HR departments are thinking innovatively. “Many of the ideas in it seem like common sense, but they go against traditional HR practices,” he said.

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“Reinventing” Human Resources At The Workplace

Listen to the audio clip here Kojo chats with business coach and diversity consultant Howard Ross and the former chief talent officer at Netflix about reinventing human resources strategies in the workplace - and why it can start with treating employees like adults.

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One Reason For Netflix’s Success — It Treats Employees Like Grownups

If you’re one of the many Americans toiling away at a huge corporation, here are some things you’re probably familiar with: tracking vacation days, getting expenses approved and sitting through yearly performance reviews. These are things salaried employees at Netflix don’t have to worry about. Read full article: One Reason

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