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Publisher's Summary

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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2014 Eric,Jonathan Schmidt,Rosenberg (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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By Abhijeet on 08-18-17

Great insight into Google

The great insight into the culture and business model of Google and Silicon Valley. A must listen.

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By Deepak on 07-19-17

Detail oriented

The book is detailed, coupled with real life examples from the company that so many of us admire. The narrator has done a good job of narrating it with voice modulations wherever required to enhance the impact.

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By Darren on 12-17-14

Good read

Where does How Google Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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By Gary on 10-29-16

Very informative

Really enjoyed listening to this book, it is very informative and offers advice that can be used in any business discipline,

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By Derek Laney on 01-04-15

Inspiring story of individual empowerment

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.

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By Benjamin on 08-26-16

Lessons from google life

Good listen for new businesses on google company lessons. Love the geek humour in it

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