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Work Rules! Audiobook

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

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Publisher's Summary

From the visionary head of Google's innovative People Operations - a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed.

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and with a profound grasp of human psychology, Bock also provides teaching examples from a range of industries - including companies that are household names but hideous places to work and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history's most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R&D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.

Cleaving the knot of conventional management, some lessons from Work Rules! include:

  • Take away managers' power over employees
  • Learn from your best employees - and your worst
  • Hire only people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them
  • Pay unfairly (it's more fair!)
  • Don't trust your gut: use data to predict and shape the future
  • Default to open: be transparent, and welcome feedback
  • If you're comfortable with the amount of freedom you've given your employees, you haven't gone far enough

Work Rules! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above; read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Laszlo Bock (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"A human resource professional and natural-sounding speaker, [Bock] delivers his book with a combination of boyish wonder and a matter-of-fact conviction." (AudioFile)

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    jeremiah 04-07-15
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    "Multifaceted"

    Overall Works Rules! offers insights into why Google is exceptionally difficult to enter as an employee and some reasons why being a Google employee is desirable.

    Work Rules! is a multifaceted work and could have easily been several thousand pages or spanned a full college course.

    One topic discussed: Laszlo disclosed that Google created a sophisticated screening and recruiting system which requires vast amounts of resources and and executives for every new hire.
    Google doesn't let functional managers make decisions on who to hire, fire or promote but has adopted a panelling system with the understanding that each panel member provides a unique frame of reference. Laszlo also added reasons as to why hiring only the best people is worth the extra burden.

    Without boring you further: Read/Listen to Work Rules!
    Help shatter outdated paradigms, Recognize People as People, that unfair is fair and that "Culture eats strategy for lunch"

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Masukawa 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Review from a former Google Software Engineer"

    Pretty accurate depiction of how work culture was at Google, both the good and the bad.

    I've experienced both the failures and successes of the People Operations team, and witnessed the data/experimentation driven approach to continually improving the workplace to be an interesting and meaningful place. A good listen for anyone interested in the answer to "Why is Google seen as a great place to work?"

    My eventual departure was unrelated to culture (I'll be back in a heartbeat if I need stable work).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thiago Oliveira de Paiva 03-11-17
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    "Great book about culture!"

    Amazing book, give great insights on how to create a great company with an incredible culture that foster growth!

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    Sarah Philadelphia, PA 03-02-17
    Sarah Philadelphia, PA 03-02-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Refer to this book all the time!"

    This is a must read for anyone interested in improving their operations. It challenges the status quo!

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    Sara 02-23-17
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    "Love that it's narrated by the author"

    The message of this book is extremely insightful, empowering, and thought-provoking. I love Bock's transparency and honesty around how he successfully built people operations for google. The passion in his story is taken to the next level in this audiobook because you can hear the genuine excitement in his voice as he tells the stories and talks about the research behind his book.

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    Connie 02-12-17
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    I loved this book. So useful for ideas applicable to work. I intend to reread it to make sure I don't miss anything. Highly recommend

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    Kerry Jones 02-05-17
    Kerry Jones 02-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best book on "HR""

    I picked this up without any idea what it would be about and it has immediately earned its place on my shelf of go-to business books

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    roxanne ruiz 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful and Honest"

    Too often people are ready to tell you only about their success and accomplishments. The author does one better and tells you about some of the company's failures and not so great moments which helped them grow to what they are now.

    The audio seems all the more sincere as it is read by the author himself.

    Great read (or listening) for all levels of the workforce from entry level to senior executives.

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    Nick 01-24-17
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    "Phenomenal"

    This book is a manual for how to positively change the way we all experience work and interact with each other in our daily lives. I am excited to be working in a time when this is the way things are headed. It is time for corporations to take notice. Work does not have to be miserable!

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    emata 01-13-17
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    "Worth its weight in gold"

    Data driven. Eye opening. Inspiring. Encouraging. A true gift. A true mus-read. A true must-liisten.

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