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Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. As much a humanist as an engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies and a distinct call to action for leaders everywhere.
Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives - the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing.
It's about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform "hit refresh" in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. At its core, it's about us humans and how our one unique quality - empathy - will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will disrupt the status quo as never before.
Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the US and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO - one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul - transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering a call to action for world leaders.
"Ideas excite me," Nadella explains. "Empathy grounds and centers me." Hit Refresh is a reflection, meditations, and series of recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement - for himself, for a storied company, and for society.
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By zanwar on 10-14-17
Great read for those into tech
If you’re into tech, this is a great read. The book is divided into three parts, each three chapters long. The first part is about Satya’s personal life, his childhood, and how he became the CEO of Microsoft. You can skip the first three chapters if you don’t care for that background (although it is quite fascinating). The next three chapters are about Satya’s vision for Microsoft and how he wants to transform the company culture from politics and power struggles to innovation fueled by empathy. Satya talks about how being a leader is about curating a culture designed to lift up the entire team. I highly recommend this section to managers and aspiring leaders. The last three chapters were perhaps my favorite. Satya gives a succinct and clear vision for the future — from data privacy to getting our outdated legal system caught up with the dynamic nature of technology to the economics of automation.
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