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“I hate company politics not just because it’s nasty but because it’s so inefficient.” Patty McCord

Speed of decision making and internal politics are typically correlated in a negative fashion.


Minimising company politics was critical to the success of Netflix.


In her book Powerful Patty amusingly explains why office politics slow things down.


“Think about it. If I’m going to stab someone in the back, I have to go get a knife, hide it, wait until I’m alone with that person, and catch them off guard. I’d better be sure to kill them or they’ll come back after me. It takes planning, and it’s high risk. Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier just to tell that person “It makes me crazy when you do that, so please stop!”


Patty makes a great point.

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