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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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A glimpse into the modern way business should start doing things

I loved looking through the window into google as I always wondered how they became so successful. I liked the non traditional way business need to do things to survive. The book is far from a guideline but sprouts ideas you can adapt to your environment.
I loved the quirkyness it was apparent and not over done. Overall a very optimistic view into the future. Kevin Naidoo

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Well narrated and humourous to the point of making high Tech understood. Go Trekkies. Joke.

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Fabulous Book for tech enthusiasts

The book covers all the aspects which a entrepreneur may face and how he may handle it. It is a must listen for all the youngsters.

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tech and management tips told in an easy way

narrator read it plain without much emotions...thats the only improvement needed.
always liked this size 10 hrs max that makes it hardly a week to finish for a slow listener like me.

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Great insight into Google

The great insight into the culture and business model of Google and Silicon Valley. A must listen.

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Detail oriented

The book is detailed, coupled with real life examples from the company that so many of us admire. The narrator has done a good job of narrating it with voice modulations wherever required to enhance the impact.

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Good book but terrible narration

It's an ok book but No where near the likes of "The everything store" by Brad Stone about Amazon. That's probably because this is a book by an insider. Nevertheless there are nuggets of information that's valuable to learn: how to hire, how to think about product development, what products to prioritize etc.

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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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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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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.

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  • 02-12-20

could be a bit shorter

Outstanding company, interesting book, but could not find any new or revolutionary management concept. in general, the book could be a bit less poetical or more laconic. main message is that to achieve this level of success you need to hire talented and capable people and than maintain atmosphere to encourage enthusiasm and creativity.

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  • Darren
  • 12-17-14

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.

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  • 09-04-21

It gets better as it goes

The intro is a bit over the top but once it gets going there is plenty covered. Narration is good as well easy to listen to him talking and it makes some very relevant points. Though you do think it must have been hard on all those ways of working with the remote nature of what goes on now. It would be interesting to get a refresh and has the culture changes from everyone together.

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  • TK1
  • 12-10-20

Amazing book for creatives

A very good insight into how Google became and continues to grow and innovate.
Highly inspiring.

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  • 08-06-18

Not that good

Underqhelming. If you want to learn about how google works, I recommend Work Rules instead.

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  • 10-29-16

Very informative

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

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  • 06-15-22

Typical American BS

Five years from now: Google avoiding paying tax and helped ferment social division that let to the second American civil war.

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  • Pauline Leung
  • 04-11-21

Inspiring

Feeling motivated and hopeful after listening to this book. Highly recommended for those who does not want to follow standards MBA way of working.

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  • Dayanand Kathapurkar
  • 03-06-21

Thoughtful, open and honest

It’s well written, full of anecdotes and stories. Refreshing to listen to it. It made me introspect and question my biases.

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  • Ankul
  • 12-30-20

Game changer

Google is a game changer not because of what it does, but HOW.
A lesson for other organisations to thrive in fast changing work environment

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  • Derek Laney
  • 01-04-15

Inspiring story of individual empowerment

Recommended to any business manager or individual contributor for a contrarian view of many commonly held sacred cows.

While specific to one organisation many of the ideas have universal application.

Is this the dawn of a new economy driven by smart creative individuals acting in small teams or a transition phase before a new world order of MNCs takes control, read for yourself.

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  • Todd Nelson
  • 04-06-18

must have

it's a must read. chapter 9 is essential for anyone in this world. in my top 10

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  • Benjamin
  • 08-26-16

Lessons from google life

Good listen for new businesses on google company lessons. Love the geek humour in it

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  • Pragmatic shopper
  • 09-14-22

Entertaining and inspiring

Narration was easy to listen to with animated tones. Content was excellent, in my opinion. Lots of good references and quotes from familiar sources, albeit some are a little dated and some very nerdy, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • dennishosking
  • 04-28-20

recommended for any business owner

This is the first audible book that I've listened to immediately a second time. As a small business owner I found this book to be both educational and inspirational.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-19

The Google Story is better

While generally interesting and worth the read it was a bit of a self congratulatory sales pitch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

Amazing Book!

The insights and stories were a joy to listen to! For anyone looking to learn more about Google, understand what makes up true potential and ability, this is the book for you

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  • Nimai Horton
  • 02-28-19

Very disappointing

Very generic, more like a generalist business and HR book than anything really specific to Google, it’s history or how it became the amazing company that it is. I would be surprised if the founders had much input.

Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

awesome

brilliantly put togeether this book is practical, c hallenging, and deep but told in a way that non-boffins can grasp

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-25-17

Inspire yourself to become a smart creative

A wonderful insight into the way Google develops its business and employees and to how smart creatives will drive innovation in the 21st century.

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