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Foreword by Bill Gates

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.

©2017 Satya Nadella; foreword copyright 2017 Bill Gates (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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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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Fantastic Book

What a fantastic book about the Satya’s journey through life and the “refresh” moment of Microsoft. #ProudMicrosoftEmployee. Will be listening to this many times!

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Refresh is something we all should every so often

really enjoyed this book the openess of Satya struck me especially both on his private life as his professional life.

He clearly has a vision for Microsoft and it's role on a global scale. You will enjoy this book wether you are a Microsoft oriented person or not

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Deep and Meaningful.

Deep, meaningful and very thoughtful. A must read for any corporate leader or follower looking for a bigger sense of purpose of what we should be doing with what we have.

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Simply Refreshing

Having just come off the high that is Microsoft Ignite I was curious in reading Mr. Nadella's book. Using Microsoft technology is the core of my career and I'm excited with what came from this year at Ignite. In the following days my colleagues and I have debated about the emergence of self for Microsoft during this years conference. This book lends a looking glass into just how that has happened. Mr. Nadella's has revitalized Microsoft's veracity to compete and push technology, while also being able to be comfortable with who they are and what they do. I anticipate this sense of identity and culture that Mr. Nadella's has inspired will continue to do wonders for Microsoft in the coming years and beyond.
Cheers to Mr. Nadella's and his team at Microsoft. I look forward continually using your tools in the growth of my career.

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Broad interests and broadly interesting

I found the writing engaging and the subject matter so broad that I think almost anyone will find at least a couple of large portions of the book fascinating. The political impact of technology and the explanation of the potential of quantum computing were the most interesting parts to me (I actually went on Netflix and rented The Interview as I read chapter 7) As a current employee of Microsoft it was interesting to get such a candid peek inside the mind of our CEO. Reading Ashlee Vance's biography of Elon Musk made me want to work at SpaceX, Hit Refresh made me proud to work at Microsoft.

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Well worth the read!!

I am glad Satya took time to write this book. It provides valuable insights into Satya's thought process and how he and his senior leadership team at Microsoft (whom he refers to as his super heroes) are driving a cultural change to bring back innovation as a driving force. His journey starting from his early childhood, his passion for cricket and computer science, family responsibilities, courage to take up new challenges, his journey so far as a CEO and what we can expect out of Microsoft in future under his leadership and finally how the world and its governments should support and embrace new technologies to help democratize the next wave in digital transformation.

A must read for insiders, customers and fans of Microsoft and its technologies. A great read for anyone interested in management and digital technology.

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Two thirds interesting, one third advertisement.

The first and last third of the book offer insight and perspective on Satya Nadella, Microsoft and its role in a global economy. The middle third feels like a bit of cheerleading and revisionist history, often explaining decisions as strategic when common sense points more to necessary decisions forced by market realities. Overall, good book. I would recommend this to others.

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Good listen, intriguing thoughts

This was a good listen, worth the time and money. Microsoft's CEO is man worth paying attention to.

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Catchup with Sathya

Great conversation with Sathya. Insightful, welcoming empathy to the center of corporate strategy. great Listen.