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How Google Works Audiobook

How Google Works

Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary - and frequently contrarian - principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.
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Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary - and frequently contrarian - principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.

Today, Google is a global icon that regularly pushes the boundaries of innovation in a variety of fields. How Google Works is an entertaining, pause-resistant primer containing lessons that Eric and Jonathan learned as they helped build the company. The authors explain how technology has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers, and that the only way to succeed in this ever-changing landscape is to create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom Eric and Jonathan dub "smart creatives". Covering topics including corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption, the authors illustrate management maxims ("Consensus requires dissension", "Exile knaves but fight for divas", "Think 10X, not 10%") with numerous insider anecdotes from Google's history, many of which are shared here for the first time.

In an era when everything is speeding up, the best way for businesses to succeed is to attract smart-creative people and give them an environment where they can thrive at scale. How Google Works explains how to do just that.

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 Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg (P)2014 Hachette

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    Alexandrea 10-16-14
    Alexandrea 10-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Non-traditional corporate culture that works"
    Would you listen to How Google Works again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to this book again. This well-narrated book provides an excellent summary of Google's culture to a non-Googler such as myself. How Google Works has inspired me to find my inner "smart creative" that has thus far been suppressed by corporate politics and meaningless buzzwords. I will listen to this book again because it describes a successful business strategy in the fast-paced market of software and platforms. This book is highly informative, well written, and expertly narrated.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 09-25-14
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    "An excellent and thought provoking book."
    Where does How Google Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5 of >180.


    What other book might you compare How Google Works to and why?

    Predictably irrational by Dan Ariely because it makes you think about every day things in a counter intuitive way.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham and Jonathan Rosenberg – was your favorite?

    Both were equally good. Well read and "performed".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read. Once this book is read go back and read What Would Google Do by Jeff Jarvis and In The Plex by Steven Levy.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Frank HARTFORD, WISCONSIN, United States 11-03-14
    Frank HARTFORD, WISCONSIN, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Embrace this Culture!"
    Would you listen to How Google Works again? Why?

    I gained so much from this book, If you are in leadership or simply want to be someday this book will do wonders for how you work and lead people. If I could get just half of the great things discussed in this book instituted I believe it would transform my own operations. I will listen to this a few more times so I can be reminded of how greatness is achieved by paying attention to your companies best assets....The people!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the points on building a great culture.


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    *QT 03-29-15
    *QT 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply Beautiful"

    This book is a must read for anyone thinking of starting their own business or wondering what it takes to create a sucessful business. Bravo!

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    Eran Gal 12-26-14
    Eran Gal 12-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!!! Excellent & practical. "

    This is not so much about Google's history as about what works in what they do. Without a doubt there is a lot to learn from these guys. Highly recommended.

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    Wael Riyadh 02-11-15
    Wael Riyadh 02-11-15 Member Since 2012

    Curious, love philosophy, reading, polictics, social and Islam. فضولي ، أحب الفلسفة ، القراءة ، السياسة ، علوم الاجتماع ، والاسلام ex-Microsoft, ex-KFUPM (SWE).

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    "Beautiful yet a lot of bragging and inflated ego"

    The book is wow. It has so many tips and useful ideas. Also, it will explain Google's philosophy about things people don't really understand and MIS interpret such as all the free coffee, food and snacks. Also, one can understand different team sizes setup and what worked with them. Plus, organizing 1:1s and coaching CEOs. If you are opening your own business, this book is an inspirational.

    Few things are annoying in the book:
    *) toooo long and can easily be shortened.
    *) a lot of bragging about values they claim to have such as "be no evil" and other idealistic values they don't fulfill. We know they work with NSA, so please spear the irony. Also, they make you feel that the company has no goals to collect money and increase wealth and hide it behind things like changing the world.

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    John Pistotti 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring story about unique corporate culture."

    It was amazing to hear the inner workings of one of the most revolutionary companies in the history of the technology revolution. There are numerous key insights about management, hiring and investing in multiple areas of expertise. Great book. I hope to read and listen to it again. Every HR manager should read this book.

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    Mark Little 10-03-14
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    "Must read for ALL product & business people!!!"
    Where does How Google Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audio book I have listened to so far! I found myself sitting in the parking lot at work just so I could hear more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How Google Works?

    I believe the story that I remember most was how Jonathan Rosenberg diverted from economic theories in his interview with Serge to "Courtship" with his future wife. Brilliant!


    What does Holter Graham and Jonathan Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jonathan brings a great enthusiasm with his reading of the intro. It is fun to hear it from the source. Holter does a great job making you hear and feel what the writers were trying to convey.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I ended up getting through the entire thing in just 4-5 days of commute time to and from work. I also listened to it while at the gym in the mornings. I found myself often losing track of my workout because I was deep in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they write a follow-up!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ido Israel 01-21-16
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    "Interesting insight for amazing things "

    Amazing insight from Google employees any view they got to where they are today

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    hsb 12-13-15
    hsb 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the time"

    Well worth the time. While generally a presentation of the Google founders' philosophies and insights those are worth hearing. A lot of the book fails on the point of not defining the circumstances under which their approach was developed and proven when comparing themselves to Apple and discussing open and closed system they do address this issue and do it with insight.

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