Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives, but over the course of a decade they came to see the wisdom in Coach John Wooden's observation that 'it's what you learn after you know it all that counts'.
As they helped grow Google from a young start-up to a global icon, they relearned everything they knew about management. How Google Works is the sum of those experiences distilled into a fun, easy-to-read primer on corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption.
The authors explain how the confluence of three seismic changes - the internet, mobile, and cloud computing - has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers. The companies that will thrive in this ever-changing landscape will be the ones that create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom the authors dub 'smart creatives'. The management maxims ('Consensus requires dissension', 'Exile knaves but fight for divas', 'Think 10X, not 10%') are illustrated with previously unreported anecdotes from Google's corporate history.
'Back in 2010, Eric and I created an internal class for Google managers,' says Rosenberg. 'The class slides all read 'Google confidential' until an employee suggested we uphold the spirit of openness and share them with the world. This book codifies the recipe for our secret sauce: how Google innovates and how it empowers employees to succeed.'
Read by award-winning narrator Holter Graham, with the foreword and introduction read by Jonathan Rosenberg.
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©2014 Eric,Jonathan Schmidt,Rosenberg (P)2014 Hachette Audio
Recommended to any business manager or individual contributor for a contrarian view of many commonly held sacred cows.
While specific to one organisation many of the ideas have universal application.
Is this the dawn of a new economy driven by smart creative individuals acting in small teams or a transition phase before a new world order of MNCs takes control, read for yourself.
"Beautiful paradigm to share"
Many learnings I'd like to instill in our company as a platform business dependent on smart creatives
"Great insights into one of the best companies"
There is something special about this company Google. What is that and why..? This is neatly and funnily explained by the guys who've seen it very closely. Worth listening for any entrepreneur; must for any youngster.
"Every listen thought provoking"
Probably the best business/management book I listened to in the last year.
Every listen left me with interesting concepts to ponder and new things to take back and implement in my business.
"Wonderful reading, covers all aspects."
The book covers all the aspects which any business may come across its entire life cycle.
In fact this can be a modern business reference book.
"very informative and insightful "
a good listen and great to hear how one of the biggest companies of our era came to be and still strives for more
very up inspiring & well made. truly provides 10X thought & ideas.. . .
What an amazing journey this book was! The practicality of this book is great and the humourjust ties it together. This is truly an amazing company!
"Needs better storytelling"
Unfortunately many of the interesting points the authors make are not illustrated by detailed anecdotes. The illustrations are many times oblique illusions to things that happened at Google. Quite ironic since they are trying to support an open info agenda in many parts of the book.
Provides a good understanding of how Google works and the management approach. Interesting to see how they can be adapted for use in smaller software houses.
Really enjoyed listening to this book, it is very informative and offers advice that can be used in any business discipline,
"Interesting insight, but rambles on at times."
Jonathan's narration at the start of the book was pretty bad and I almost gave up, but when the main narrator started it was certainly easier to listen to. An interesting insight into the operations at Google, but often rambled on a bit with cheesy interludes, which started to grate towards the end of the book.
"Really loved this. Lots of practice advise."
Working in IT and software development lots of what's in this book is not new (any more). But there is lots of practical advice and more importantly and interestingly this advice is backed up with stories and anecdotes.
"An exceptional insight to the workings of Google."
Well delivered narration will a sprinkling of well placed humour, this is a must read book for those intrigued by the massive success of Google.
"Great insight into google culture"
Useful insight into what makes google work. Doesn't tell the google story but doesn't profess to.
"Just full of brilliant snipets!"
Great insight into the world of Google!
It is a collection of stories, regarding reasonings and actions taken!
"Worth a listen."
If you are interested in the intersection between tech and business, this is worth listening to.
"Really good insight"
Lots of interesting insight into how Google works in principle but not enough detail on specifics
"Insightful book, brilliantly narrated"
Brilliantly read, with passion. A great insight into how google works, with a strong emphasis on lessons to be learnt from Google's way of running a business. Fascinating. Well worth a listen to, especial if you're interesting in either business or technology.
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