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How Google Works Audiobook

How Google Works

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Publisher's Summary

Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives, but over the course of a decade they came to see the wisdom in Coach John Wooden's observation that 'it's what you learn after you know it all that counts'.

As they helped grow Google from a young start-up to a global icon, they relearned everything they knew about management. How Google Works is the sum of those experiences distilled into a fun, easy-to-read primer on corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption.

The authors explain how the confluence of three seismic changes - the internet, mobile, and cloud computing - has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers. The companies that will thrive in this ever-changing landscape will be the ones that create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom the authors dub 'smart creatives'. The management maxims ('Consensus requires dissension', 'Exile knaves but fight for divas', 'Think 10X, not 10%') are illustrated with previously unreported anecdotes from Google's corporate history.

'Back in 2010, Eric and I created an internal class for Google managers,' says Rosenberg. 'The class slides all read 'Google confidential' until an employee suggested we uphold the spirit of openness and share them with the world. This book codifies the recipe for our secret sauce: how Google innovates and how it empowers employees to succeed.'

Read by award-winning narrator Holter Graham, with the foreword and introduction read by Jonathan Rosenberg.

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,Jonathan Schmidt,Rosenberg (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Darren 17/12/2014
    Darren 17/12/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read"
    Where does How Google Works rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Provides a good understanding of how Google works and the management approach. Interesting to see how they can be adapted for use in smaller software houses.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 29/10/2016
    Gary 29/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Very informative"

    Really enjoyed listening to this book, it is very informative and offers advice that can be used in any business discipline,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Dripps Edinburgh, UK 15/03/2017
    Robin Dripps Edinburgh, UK 15/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting insight, but rambles on at times."

    Jonathan's narration at the start of the book was pretty bad and I almost gave up, but when the main narrator started it was certainly easier to listen to. An interesting insight into the operations at Google, but often rambled on a bit with cheesy interludes, which started to grate towards the end of the book.

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    Henry Carpenter-Clawson 23/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Really loved this. Lots of practice advise."

    Working in IT and software development lots of what's in this book is not new (any more). But there is lots of practical advice and more importantly and interestingly this advice is backed up with stories and anecdotes.

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    Bernie 20/02/2017
    Bernie 20/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "An exceptional insight to the workings of Google."

    Well delivered narration will a sprinkling of well placed humour, this is a must read book for those intrigued by the massive success of Google.

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    Amazon Customer 17/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great insight into google culture"

    Useful insight into what makes google work. Doesn't tell the google story but doesn't profess to.

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    MR RM SYKES 25/07/2016
    MR RM SYKES 25/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Just full of brilliant snipets!"

    Great insight into the world of Google!

    It is a collection of stories, regarding reasonings and actions taken!

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    Amazon Customer 21/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth a listen."

    If you are interested in the intersection between tech and business, this is worth listening to.

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    Jeff 18/03/2016
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    "Really good insight"

    Lots of interesting insight into how Google works in principle but not enough detail on specifics

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    Olivier Ayache 05/03/2016
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    "Insightful book, brilliantly narrated"

    Brilliantly read, with passion. A great insight into how google works, with a strong emphasis on lessons to be learnt from Google's way of running a business. Fascinating. Well worth a listen to, especial if you're interesting in either business or technology.

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  • Luke
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    "Beautiful paradigm to share"

    Many learnings I'd like to instill in our company as a platform business dependent on smart creatives

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  • Manjit K. Mohan
    04/04/16
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    "Great insights into one of the best companies"

    There is something special about this company Google. What is that and why..? This is neatly and funnily explained by the guys who've seen it very closely. Worth listening for any entrepreneur; must for any youngster.

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  • Mr. Paul Velonis
    Melbourne, Australia
    29/03/16
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    "Every listen thought provoking"

    Probably the best business/management book I listened to in the last year.

    Every listen left me with interesting concepts to ponder and new things to take back and implement in my business.

    Highly recommend

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  • ahaa1life
    Basel, Switzerland
    20/05/15
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    "Wonderful reading, covers all aspects."

    The book covers all the aspects which any business may come across its entire life cycle.
    In fact this can be a modern business reference book.

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  • Thomas
    27/04/15
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    "very informative and insightful "

    a good listen and great to hear how one of the biggest companies of our era came to be and still strives for more

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  • Gagandeep
    30/03/15
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    "gspuri"

    very up inspiring & well made. truly provides 10X thought & ideas.. . .

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  • Phillip
    08/03/15
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    "Absolutely inspiring"

    What an amazing journey this book was! The practicality of this book is great and the humourjust ties it together. This is truly an amazing company!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hendrik
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    01/02/15
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    "Needs better storytelling"

    Unfortunately many of the interesting points the authors make are not illustrated by detailed anecdotes. The illustrations are many times oblique illusions to things that happened at Google. Quite ironic since they are trying to support an open info agenda in many parts of the book.

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