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Required Reading: Powerful

Stria Staff January 7, 2019

The book was recommended by Joe Franco, Vice President, Grassroots at LeadingAge. Read his essay for Stria.

Powerful provides great examples of how Netflix empowered employees to own the mission and dramatically change the company and the economy around Netflix’ business.

Joe Franco

Powerful: Building A Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
By Patty McCord

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, 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.

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