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Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
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“If you’re achieving all your goals, you’re not setting them aggressively enough.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“If your goals are ambitious and crazy enough, even failure will be a pretty good achievement.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“All it takes is a belief that people are fundamentally good—and enough courage to treat your people like owners instead of machines. Machines do their jobs; owners do whatever is needed to make their companies and teams successful. People spend”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“So we ran the experiment. For a period of time, in our control groups of Googlers, people who were nominated for cash awards continued to receive them. In our experimental groups, nominated winners received trips, team parties, and gifts of the same value as the cash awards they would have received. Instead of making public stock awards, we sent teams to Hawaii. Instead of smaller awards, we provided trips to health resorts, blowout team dinners, or Google TVs for the home. The result was astounding. Despite telling us they would prefer cash over experiences, the experimental group was happier. Much happier. They thought their awards were 28 percent more fun, 28 percent more memorable, and 15 percent more thoughtful. This was true whether the experience was a team trip to Disneyland (it turns out most adults are still kids on the inside) or individual vouchers to do something on their own. And they stayed happier for a longer period of time than Googlers who received money. When resurveyed five months later, the cash recipients’ levels of happiness with their awards had dropped by about 25 percent. The experimental group was even happier about the award than when they received it. The joy of money is fleeting, but memories last forever.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Micromanagement is mismanagement. … [P]eople micromanage to assuage their anxieties about organizational performance: they feel better if they are continuously directing and controlling the actions of others—at heart, this reveals emotional insecurity on their part. It gives micromanagers the illusion of control (or usefulness). Another motive is lack of trust in the abilities of staff—micromanagers do not believe that their colleagues will successfully complete a task or discharge a responsibility even when they say they will.”108”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“How many people would you trade for your very best performer? If the number is more than five, you’re probably underpaying your best person. And if it’s more than ten, you’re almost certainly underpaying.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Work is far less meaningful and pleasant than it needs to be because well-intentioned leaders don’t believe, on a primal level, that people are good. Organizations build immense bureaucracies to control their people. These control structures are an admission that people can’t be trusted. Or at best, they suggest that one’s baser nature can be controlled and channeled by some enlightened figure with the wisdom to know what is best.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“So what is Adam’s insight? Having workers meet the people they are helping is the greatest motivator, even if they only meet for a few minutes. It imbues one’s work with a significance that transcends careerism or money.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Put simply, because many professionals are almost always successful at what they do, they rarely experience failure. And because they have rarely failed, they have never learned how to learn from failure. … [T]hey become defensive, screen out criticism, and put the “blame” on anyone and everyone but themselves. In short, their ability to learn shuts down precisely at the moment they need it the most.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Googlers working in engineering or product management can nominate themselves for promotion.xlv Interestingly enough, we found that women are less likely to nominate themselves for promotion, but that when they do, they are promoted at slightly higher rates than men.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Senior executives shouldn’t be wasting time debating whether the best background color for an ad is yellow or blue. Just run an experiment. This leaves management free to worry about the stuff that is hard to quantify, which is usually a much better use of their time.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Ujjwal Singh, Steve Crossan, and Abdel Karim Mardini partnered with engineers from Twitter following the Egyptian government’s shutdown of the Internet in early 2011 to create Speak2Tweet, a product that takes messages from a voice mailbox and transcribes them into Tweets broadcast around the world.35 This gave Egyptians a way to communicate en masse with the world and, by dialing into the voice mailbox, to listen to one another.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Managers serve the team,”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“The focus on process rather than purpose creates an insidious opportunity for sly employees to manipulate the system.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Companies then turn vice into virtue by bragging about how much they spend on training. But since when is spending a measure of quality results? Do people boast, “I’m in great shape—I spent $500 on my gym membership this month?” The presence of a huge training budget is not evidence that you’re investing in your people. It’s evidence that you failed to hire the right people to begin with.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“if you believe people are fundamentally good and worthy of trust, you must be honest and transparent with them. That includes telling them when they are lagging behind in their performance. But having a mission-driven, purposeful workplace also requires that you approach people with sensitivity.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“The pedigree of your college education matters far less than what you have accomplished.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Ronald Burt, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, has shown that innovation tends to occur in the structural holes between social groups. These could be the gaps between business functional units, teams that tend not to interact, or even the quiet person at the end of the conference table who never says anything. Burt has a delicious way of putting it: “People who stand near the holes in a social structure are at higher risk of having good ideas.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“But without state-approved syllabi and standardized testing, my education can only go so far.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“A billion hours ago, modern Homo sapiens emerged. A billion minutes ago, Christianity began. A billion seconds ago, the IBM personal computer was released. A billion Google searches ago… was this morning. —HAL VARIAN, GOOGLE’S CHIEF ECONOMIST, DECEMBER 20, 2013”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Marissa Mayer, at the time a Google vice president of product management and now CEO of Yahoo, told Steven Levy in his book In the Plex: “You can’t understand Google… unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids.”22 This teaching environment is tailored to a child’s learning needs and personality, and children are encouraged to question everything, act of their own volition, and create.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“We have an embarrassingly simple solution. Never have the conversations at the same time. Annual reviews happen in November, and pay discussions happen a month later. Everyone at Google is eligible for stock grants, but those decisions are made a further six months down the line.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“The meaning of employee engagement is ambiguous among both academic researchers and among practitioners. … [The] term is used at different times to refer to psychological states, traits, and behaviors as well as their antecedents and outcomes.”107”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“The very best people aren’t out there looking for work. Great-performing people are happy and being amply rewarded where they are today. They don’t occur to people as referrals, because why would you bother referring someone who is happy at their current job?”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Imagine how work would feel for you if, instead of people coming to you with anxiety and desperation, they shared their gratitude for making their lives easier and for being there when they most needed support. The”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Building an exceptional team or institution starts with a founder. But being a founder doesn’t mean starting a new company. It is within anyone’s grasp to be the founder and culture-creator of their own team, whether you are the first employee or joining a company that has existed for decades.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“«Las percepciones de justicia son muy poderosas. Afectan a casi todo lo que la gente piensa en el trabajo, pero especialmente a cómo piensa que es valorada, la satisfacción que siente por su puesto de trabajo, la confianza que tiene en sus supervisores y su compromiso con la organización».”
Laszlo Bock, La nueva fórmula del trabajo: Revelaciones de Google que cambiarán su forma de vivir y liderar
“When people gather together in unexpected ways, it inevitably spurs innovation—the third goal driving our programs. Amazon lists 54,950 books on innovation for sale, presenting many competing and often conflicting theories. Google, of course, has a number of approaches, but the most salient one is the way we use our benefits and also our environment to increase the number of “moments of serendipity” that spark creativity.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“A sense of community helps people do their best work just as surely as increasing efficiency does by sweeping away minor chores and distractions. As we’ve grown, we’ve fought to maintain the sense of community we had when we were just a handful of people, and we’ve expanded our definition of community to include Googlers’ children, spouses, partners, parents, and even grandparents.”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
“Does your manager trust you?” is a profound question. If you believe people are fundamentally good, and if your organization is able to hire well, there is nothing to fear from giving your people freedom. Remember”
Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

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