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Hit Refresh Audiobook

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. Jenkins Everett, WA USA 10-24-17
    J. Jenkins Everett, WA USA 10-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Clear vision for the future"

    A bit of propaganda, but worth listening through for the bigger vision of the future.

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    Victor Mourana 10-19-17
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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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    Jason Kneeland 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic vision"

    This a a fantastic vision of a great modern corporate leader. Empathy is not a value you might expect to hear in a book like this but Mr Nadella brings the point home quite poignantly.

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    zanwar 10-14-17
    zanwar 10-14-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Adam 10-12-17
    Adam 10-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hit Refresh is a must read!"

    Satya shares his story as well as the direction of Microsoft’s future. One of the big take a ways is to take a look at your own life to understand when, how often, and why to ‘Hit Refresh’. Hitting refresh means changing things that need to change but keeping those that don’t.

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    Mark Wood Tacoma, WA United States 10-11-17
    Mark Wood Tacoma, WA United States 10-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Must read for C levels and a great read for rest."

    Thought provoking, transformative, and highly relevant. Great story and fascinating. Author is truly a thinker.

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    Everyday Mom US 10-10-17
    Everyday Mom US 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just OK for me"

    I enjoyed Satya's personal aspects of the book - family, empathy, culture but didn't love it beyond that. It was like reading an extended article in The Economist or HBR or something...AI, AI and more AI.

    Maybe that's the challenge with a sitting CEO's book - all very benign.

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    hard2core 10-09-17
    hard2core 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well thought and well written"

    This is my first purchase of an audible that was preceded by me following Satya’s post on Linked in. I am so glad to have begun here and the way his years of knowledge was imparted on me was priceless. I recommend this book, it’s content and how it translates one’s career goals into that of empathy towards the current global situation along with possible solutions to think of and steer about for humanities best. Take a stab and pay careful attention & that may this book lead you to more powerful, meaningful content out there.

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    Mandeep Bhatia 10-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Culture, Mindset and Technology"

    Good Book for folks in or aspiring for leadership positions , focus on culture, mindset

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    SAC 10-07-17
    SAC 10-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought provoking"

    Appreciated the honesty and integrity with which it was written. I hope that he is able to continue the work he has begun.

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