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The Awkward Art of the Job Interview

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

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

“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

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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Op-Ed What to expect in 2015

Op-Ed What to expect in 2015

Forecasts for the year from 13 experts on technology, culture, politics and the economy. This is a watershed year for American generations: The oldest baby boomers are turning 70, the oldest GenXers nearing 50, and millennials — in their 20s and 30s — now represent...

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Netflix’s Major HR Innovation: Treating Humans Like People

Netflix’s Major HR Innovation: Treating Humans Like People

During 2013 our office became collectively addicted to Breaking Bad. For those not hooked the drama, streamed by Netflix, revolves around a terminally ill chemistry teacher named Walter White. Motivated by the urge to provide for his son and wife, White reinvents himself as a market-leading producer of crystal meth operating

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The Secret to Hiring Well

The Secret to Hiring Well

Hiring well is a skill. There are some who are better at it than others, but it is something you can work to master. If you’re really interested in finding and retaining the best talent, work through these steps. Read full article: The Secret to Hiring Well

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Harvard Business Review Becomes an HR Journal

Harvard Business Review Becomes an HR Journal

CEOs must finally be starting to care about talent when the Harvard Business Review publishes a package of profiles of three companies, and their very different paths to maximizing talent. Surprise, shock and awe await you. And some useful tips for your own...

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Career How To Get A Raise: The Female IT Engineer Perspective

Career How To Get A Raise: The Female IT Engineer Perspective

It’s a continuing disgrace that women workers rarely get paid the same as their male counterparts — something that’s as true of IT as any other sector. What strategies can female engineers and developers use to ensure they are paid what they deserve? Read full...

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The Woman Behind the Netflix Culture Doc

The Woman Behind the Netflix Culture Doc

In the early days of Netflix, Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, wanted Patty McCord to help write out the company’s core values. At first, they considered something standard — words like “excellence” and “respect.” Instead, McCord suggested they “write down the things we expect in people.” This simple

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Leveraging Logic as a Leader

Leveraging Logic as a Leader

Honesty, candor, truth, data: the basic tenants to a good code review or product evaluation. Those are the same guiding principles to creating great teams where people do their best work. Patty will share the tenants of a high performance culture of innovation. She...

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How A Culture Of Innovation Could Win Netflix Some Emmys

How A Culture Of Innovation Could Win Netflix Some Emmys

Lots of companies give lip service to words like “innovation,” “freedom” and “responsibility” when they talk about corporate culture. But peek behind the curtain and it’s business as usual. Read full article: How A Culture Of Innovation Could Win Netflix Some...

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Harvard Business Review: How Netflix Reinvented HR

Harvard Business Review: How Netflix Reinvented HR

Sheryl Sandberg has called it one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. But when Reed Hastings and I (along with some colleagues) wrote a PowerPoint deck explaining how we shaped the culture and motivated performance at Netflix, where

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First Round Capital: The woman behind the Netflix Culture Doc

First Round Capital: The woman behind the Netflix Culture Doc

In the early days of Netflix, Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, wanted Patty McCord to help write out the company’s core values. At first, they considered something standard — words like “excellence” and “respect.” Instead, McCord suggested they “write down the

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Fortune Magazine: Reed Hastings: Leader of the pack

Fortune Magazine: Reed Hastings: Leader of the pack

When he was 30, Hastings started a company called Pure Software. Neil Hunt was there in the early days of Pure, as was Patty McCord, who now heads human resources at Netflix. Hastings grew Pure, a public company that built tools for Unix software developers, by making three acquisitions in 18 months. “It was chaos,”

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Human Resource Executive Online: Net Gains

Human Resource Executive Online: Net Gains

Patty McCord has a taste for adventure, and she’s found it at Netflix, where she serves as chief talent officer and was one of the first people hired by founder and CEO Reed Hastings. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company, one of the first to let consumers rent DVDs via the Web for a fixed monthly fee, has seen more

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