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Patrick Campbell Aug 7 2018

Company culture means a lot of things to a lot of different people, not because culture has a lot of definitions, but because culture has been co-opted by perks, ping pong tables, and snacks in the kitchen. In reality, culture is behavioral, it’s the collection of habits that we accept and tolerate within our company and it will make or break your business.

Culture is hard though, because it's your responsibility to hire the right people, nurture the right behaviors, and let people go when they aren't fitting the future. As a group, we're pretty terrible at this, particularly that last one. 

To help, on this week's episode of Protect The Hustle, we interview one of the most prolific figures in People Operations and HR, Patty McCord, the former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author of Powerful, a book that's taken high growth companies by storm. We discuss how Patty went from Texas border towns and Oregon lumber yards to making the tough decisions to push Netflix to a $160B market cap, which included redefining what HR is supposed to be inside a company. 

You can listen to Protect the Hustle on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercastStitcherRadio Public, or wherever you listen to podcasts. There's also a full video version below. Pick your adventure. :)


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Topics covered in this episode

      • How HR and People Operations became legal and anything but helping people do their best work within a company

      • How writing down your values is pretty much the last step in the culture cultivation process

      • How to model behavior instead of punishing or negatively reinforcing people

      • How management has ultimate responsibility for all of this

      • How to apply these learnings to your hiring process

      • How to nurture your current team and stamp out politics

      • How to let people go who are no longer a fit for the mission


Special thanks to Patty McCord, who's book, "Powerful", is available now on Amazon or where you typically buy books. It's everywhere.  

We're giving away 25 copies of her book to the first 25 folks who leave a 5 star rating and comment on iTunes. Screenshot your review and email it to and we'll ship you out a copy.

By Patrick Campbell

Founder & CEO of ProfitWell, the software for helping subscription companies with their monetization and retention strategies, as well as providing free turnkey subscription financial metrics for over 20,000 companies. Prior to ProfitWell Patrick led Strategic Initiatives for Boston-based Gemvara and was an Economist at Google and the US Intelligence community.

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