8 Lessons on how to run a company that people actually enjoy working for

8 Lessons on how to run a company that people actually enjoy working for

Patty McCord, the author of Powerful, a bestselling book released in 2018, shared 8 lessons on how to run a company that people enjoy working for in a recent TED video. It’s a perfect recap of a lot of the ideas from McCord’s book. Check it out below.

Recap of the 8 Lessons from Patty McCord:

  1. Your employees are adults
  2. The job of management isn’t to control people, it’s to build great teams
  3. People want to do work that means something. After they do it, they should be free to move on
  4. Everyone in your company should understand the business
  5. Everyone in your company should be able to handle the truth
  6. Your company needs to live out its values
  7. All start-up ideas are stupid
  8. Every company needs to be excited for change

If you haven’t read or heard of Powerful, it’s an incredible read with a lot of great ideas for small and large companies about building a great workplace culture. The entire Xenium book group read it in Spring 2018 for one of our choices. Following the book club discussion, Tyler Meuwissen and I discussed it during a podcast episode. Listen here.

Brandon Laws

As Director of Marketing, Brandon Laws leads all marketing efforts for Xenium, providing oversight on all marketing campaigns, digital marketing strategy, events, sponsorships and public relations. Brandon brings a positive energy to every aspect of his role at Xenium—from internal initiatives around culture and wellness to industry thought leadership through the Xenium podcast and other social efforts. Active within the HR community, he currently volunteers on the board of the Portland Human Resource Management Association as the Director of Marketing & PR.

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