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How Google Works

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455582341
1455582344
9781455582327
1455582328
Characteristics: xiv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: How Google works

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Thai5357
May 30, 2015

This was a great opportunity to see how Google really works. At first I was somewhat anti-google, but after reading this, they totally earned their status because of their hard work and business model. I learned so much about the culture (for example, half of their work force are engineers), and they offer some great career advice such as invest in yourself, specialize in something, etc. I would recommend this book because it's a quick and witty read, with good stories, and I would especially recommend this to someone who is applying to Google. I appreciate how there is also a balance of stories and research/facts. It was really interesting!

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tfcameron
Feb 02, 2015

How Google Works
Just the type of book I love; short, funny and informative.
From the double entendre title to the concluding chapter, the text is more than a little messianic regarding information technology and the Google business model.
Reading the lengthy acknowledgements, I came away impressed by the consultative process used to deliver this book. tfc

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