How Google Works


Recently just finished reading How Google Works.  Like so many book, the start of the book is better than the end in my view.  However, I still think its a great book, providing some good insight into practices used by Google that can be leverage elsewhere:

  • Page 28 offers a view on how how the Google culture works in solving problems – in this particular scenario, the result offending ads.  Culture
  • Page 30.  Culture.  Decision by committee vs autocratic or combative approaches.
  • Page 42. Rule of seven.
  • Page 45. Reorg day – get it done fast
  • Page 48. Exile knave but fight for divas
  • Page 64. Don’t be evil.
  • Page 97.  Hierarchical hiring doesn’t work.
  • Page 115.  Some good commentary around interviewing
  • Page 123.  The hiring pack – all to often I have seen committee’s make hiring decisions on lack of data
  • Page 125. Reward outstanding people
  • Page 127. Trade the M&M’s, keep the raisins
  • Page 132.  Google’s Hiring Dos and Don’ts
  • Page 139.  Know your elevator pitch
  • Page 156. Do something, even if its wrong
  • Page 163. Running meetings well – some good rules.  Unfortunate, many forget about meeting etiquette 😦
  • Page 170. Get a coach, not a power point training deck!
  • Page 179. Snippets – weekly status reports
  • Page 189. Email wisdom: respond quickly. clean inbox, Crisp delivery
  • Page 192. 1:1s – performance on job requirements, relationship to peer groups, management/leadership, innovation

~ by mdavey on November 26, 2014.

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