Thoughts about Google
by Hazel Berger
This book is full of inside scoop about how google runs. I listened on audible and got some excellent ideas.
I immediately moved our brain storming meetings to Fridays (instead of Mondays). We are taking photos of the white board from our meetings and posting in the break room. I thought of this as an extension from the google way.
Yes, Fresh allows dogs in our offices. The dogs and employees love it. It's good to take a break when I can't figure something out. A dog walk is a natural pause.
This quote in the book resonated with me... "Debbie Biondolillo, Apple's former head of human resources, said "Your title makes you a manager. Your people make you a leader."
One chapter is titled "Talent -- Hiring Is the Most Important Thing You Do" And, one of the Dos is "Hire people who are smarter and more knowledgeable than you are." I remember realizing in one of my first interviews that this person I was talking to might do a better job than I was doing (because I was too busy for the details she would catch). And, it was in that moment that I realized that the boss might always hire less competent people to "look good." Don't.
Later in the book they reference the LAX test. Only hire folks you would enjoy conversing with during a layover at LAX. My employees are hanging out, so I need to be careful who I add to the team. The Google employees were solving major problems together over a weekend. It takes a dedicated group to do that.
Schmidt & Rosenberg refer to hires as smart creatives. It really drives home that we are looking for SMART people. If you are smart and creative and want to work for Fresh, send me a note.