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Lessons from a Silicon Valley maverick – new ways of working and collaborating

Enjoyed this TED Talk:
Lessons from a Silicon Valley maverick – new ways of working and collaborating by Patty McCord

Patty, shares an unorthodox view on working and collaborating in tech industries.

Some of her views:

  • If you join a firm and you’re paid 20% below what you’re worth in the open market for talent, you will never catch up the math of a six and a half percent merit increase. Budget simply doesn’t work in your favor – leave your company to get paid what you are worth! It’s your career.
  • Annual performance review – everybody hates it. The givers, the getters, the administrators don’t measure whether or not it improves anybody’s performance or the performance of the businesses. We all do it pretty much the same way. Can’t we do better than that?

  • Performance is really important. It matters a lot, it helps us be better, it helps us get better. It’s really effective when it’s real. It’s in the moment what it includes telling you what you do right not just what you do wrong. There’s got to be a better way to do that.
  • Get surrounded by the kind of people that if you came up with a great idea and you put the right team together you could make almost anything happen.
  • Innovators are different. They approach work differently. They never look back. They look forward and imagine what might be. They don’t try and make anything a little bit better. They make mistakes, they move fast, they break stuff, they get rid of stuff that gets in their way.
  • Learn to question all the layers of process and approvals and compliance.
  • Remove the obstacles that stand in our way that slow us down and take away our spirits.
  • Begin to think of our careers as journeys, the places we want to go, the things we want to learn we should each of us think about where do we want to go and how do we want to travel.

Finally, she wants us to start our innovation journey today by going back and questioning the why of what we do at work. Most importantly she insists us to have the courage to throw away the stuff we do, that simply doesn’t matter. She is serious that this is her revolution.


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