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From the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, an inspiring account of the transformation of an organisation and the coming transformation of humanity.

As told by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh is the story of corporate change and reinvention as well as the story of Nadella's personal journey, one that is taking place today inside a storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous. It's about how people, organisations and societies can and must hit refresh - transform - in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal.

At the core it's about us humans and our unique qualities, like empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt like never before. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

©2017 Satya Nadella (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • 24-12-19

Too much of an advert for Microsoft and friends

I felt that I should have been paid to listen to this advert for Microsoft and friends rather than pay for the privilege. I did not find anything particularly insightful and it very convenient that the things the author is arguing for would all be great for Microsoft in a business sense.

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PR stunt

Good read, but felt the main narrative of the book was to sell the products Microsoft currently has.

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Too long winded

Too long winded and lots of tech speak. Could've been half as long and a lot more about how he changed the culture and less about servers, etc....

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Very Slow

struggled to get into this. which is a shame because the story is compelling. not sure if the narration or style of the book but I expected more leadership content and advice.

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mostly an extended Microsoft brochure

Started really strongly, but felt like it became a walk through the Microsoft brochure at times. some interesting points around his life and quantum computing but mostly felt like a sales pitch for o365 and azure

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Not as engaging as I would have liked

struggled to finish. Satay is a better motivational and inspiring speaker and it doesn't really come across on page (or audio).

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Candid insight into Leading Microsoft

Incredibly candid and thought provoking insight into how Satya approaches leadership and the challenges of transforming Microsoft. I came away inspired by his vision!

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promising start...

loved the initial principles but got bogged down in tech. Guiding principles about creating organisational change were great but a little too much tech future chat for my liking

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Refreshingly candid!

A genuine account of the road travelled so far by CEO Satya Nadella. No buzz words, no rhetoric and in no way a statement that his quest here is complete. A thoroughly enjoyable listen and an insight into the man at the helm of Microsoft - overseeing 100,000 employees spread across 190 countries. An honest, family man with relatable core values and empathy at the heart of everything he does... empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to do more.

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A very human voice from the world of technology

Some will value every page of this book, but there’s more than enough variety of content to interest every reader at least in part. Policy makers and business leaders might want to read the latter chapters sooner rather than later!

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  • 13-12-18

Amazingly written book

I loved. reading this book. I can very well connect to many cricket related parallels drawn to explain some very important concepts of life and leadership, as me being part of my school cricket team in India. I wish to read it again and again . Best wishes to Satya Nadella and Microsoft... wishing you success.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-20

Great book

Great book, I enjoyed every minute of it and it certainly inspired me to look at my life and career and consider hitting refresh, this book is really inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-20

Fantastic Book equipped with ideas for the future.

Fantastic Book equipped with ideas for the future. its inspiring and provides great insights into building a successful business.

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  • Dmafusire
  • 13-12-19

Empathy 4.0

Nadella’s book is a call to empathy in technology and business. I got a glimpse into his style of leadership: a departure from the hard-driving, cut-throat style that characterized Gates. I’m inspired that Microsoft has regained her soul.

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  • Gyanesh kumar
  • 21-06-19

lovely book, very well written

loved the book and the way Satya has narrated it. the facts about how technology can be used for the next thing and not just entertainment. super!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

Excellent read

This was a great read. The story of Satya Nadella and the turn around if Microsoft is inspiring and motivating in so many different ways.

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  • Arno
  • 13-08-18

The human side of technology

Really good for people managers to understand the importance of progress for the company's future to stay relevant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-18

A bible on how we should charter the world of New Technologies to serve humanity

Hit refresh as aptly titled is a refreshing technology book that is really a call for us to learn about how we can use technology to serve humanity. It's also a wonderful discourse into where Microsoft is heading in this world of Digital Transformation.

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  • Asael Sepúlveda
  • 07-02-18

Plenty of ideas to reflect and act upon. Inspiring

I enjoyed every part of this book. Covering very diverse subjects - from human aspects of life to the future of technology -, this book can give every reader a lot of ideas to reflect and act on. I hope Satya writes more books.

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  • Ankit
  • 11-01-18

Future Proof Reading

This book is recommended for every reader who wants to know the future plan and upcoming innovation which can change the look and feel of whole world.