How I Work

Netflix's ex Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to be radically honest at work.

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My guest today is Patty McCord. Patty McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 14 years and helped create the Netflix Culture Deck, which has been viewed on Slideshare over 15 million times (Sheryl Sandberg has referred to this deck as “ the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.”). She is also the author of "Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility". In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Patty uses her time on planes
  • How her life is different post-Netflix
  • How Patty prepares for presentations
  • The key to making unlimited paid leave work
  • Her commutes to work with Reed Hastings and the critical role this played
  • Where she conducted most of her one-on-one meetings
  • The importance of being radically honest at work - and how to get better at it
  • How to change a culture
  • Why many companies’ bonus systems are broken
  • What executives need to expect from their HR people

Find Patty at, check out her book Powerful ( and take a look at the Netflix Culture deck (

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