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Laszlo Bock

Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

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Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock is a business book that provides insights and guidelines on creating a successful and happy workplace. It offers practical tips for building a great company culture and hiring the best employees.

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    The secret to Google’s culture is its mission, transparency and voice.

    When you hear about working at Google, you probably think about beanbags, free food and other delightful perks. But it isn’t the fun and the freebies that really makes Google so successful; it’s a manifesto of mission, transparency and voice.

    Google’s mission is simple and powerful: “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

    It’s a profound mission because firstly, it gives moral, rather than commercial meaning to employees’ work. That is, the information workers sift and sort through actually helps everyone who uses the search engine.

    Second, the mission has no ceiling. A typical mission might be to become the market leader, but once this is accomplished, it’s no longer inspiring. At Google, however, employees are constantly motivated to explore new ways of organizing information.

    Another key tenet of Google’s successful culture is its transparency.

    In a traditional software company, a new engineer only sees the code from whatever projects they’re working on. At Google, however, a newcomer can access everything from product launch initiatives to another employee’s weekly status report.

    Furthermore, each week the CEO updates the whole company on the past week and carves out time afterward for a 30 minute Q&A session. Thanks to this update, everyone knows who’s working on what, which ensures they don’t double up and work on it too. It also makes it clear who the go-to person is regarding a particular project.

    Finally, Google gives every employee a voice. It values the input of everyone and gives them a say in how the company is run.

    In fact, most practices within the company originated from employees.

    In 2009, an annual Bureaucracy Busters program was launched so employees could identify their biggest frustrations.

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    What is Work Rules! about?

    Work Rules! (2015) takes us through the inner workings of Google, one of the most powerful and successful companies in the world. Bock tells us precisely how Google pulls off this feat while consistently being ranked as the best employer in the world.

    Work Rules! Review

    Work Rules! (2015) by Laszlo Bock is a book that provides valuable insights for anyone looking to create a thriving workplace culture. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It offers a refreshingly honest perspective on modern management practices, challenging traditional approaches and suggesting innovative solutions.
    • Bock's firsthand experience leading people operations at Google adds credibility to the book's ideas, making it a trusted resource for building effective teams.
    • The book is packed with practical tips and real-life examples, helping readers navigate the complexities of recruitment, employee development, and organizational design.

    Best quote from Work Rules!

    If you have facts, present them and well use them. But if you have opinions, were gonna use mine. – Jim Barksdale, Netscape CEO

    —Laszlo Bock
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    Who should read Work Rules!?

    • HR managers
    • Managers looking for the balance between creativity and structure
    • Anyone interested in how Google became so successful

    About the Author

    Laszlo Bock is the senior vice president of People Operations at Google. He is responsible for attracting, developing and retaining more than 50,000 “Googlers” based around the world. During his time there, Google has been recognized as an outstanding employer over 100 times, holding a number one spot in rankings in the United States and 16 other countries.

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    What is the main message of Work Rules!?

    Work Rules! emphasizes the importance of creating a work culture that treats employees with respect and trust.

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    Is Work Rules! a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Work Rules! is worth reading for its insights on how to build a successful and fulfilling workplace. Highly recommended!

    Who is the author of Work Rules!?

    The author of Work Rules! is Laszlo Bock.

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