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In this video from KPCB’s recent CEO Workshop, KPCB General Partner Beth Seidenberg chats with Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google and author of “Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead.” Bock shares his Google-bred wisdom on how to interview and hire new recruits as well as how to retain top talent through nurturing a distinctive culture. (Published on Jan 20, 2016)
From the visionary head of Google’s innovative People Operations comes a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work-and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring that they succeed.
“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” So says Laszlo Bock, former head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge.
This insight is the heart of WORK RULES!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto that offers lessons including:
Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and a profound grasp of human psychology, WORK RULES! also provides teaching examples from a range of industries-including lauded companies that happen to be hideous places to work and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history’s most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R&D into principles that are easy to put into action, whether you’re a team of one or a team of thousands.
WORK RULES! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above; read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.
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The original Acer nettop that we installed in the kitchen was finally being just too slow for my wife to bother using it. So, last weekend we upgraded it to a brand new Asus Chromebox and she’s loving it.
And, since the 10 year old Ubuntu-running Celeron desktop acting as our media server gave up the ghost a few days ago (it just turned off and wouldn’t turn on again,) the Acer is our new media server as of this morning.
In the book, he claims that libraries today are more than just book repositories, and that they can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.
He goes on to argue that, in order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. These modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.
John Palfrey is an educator, scholar, and law professor. He is a notable authority on the legal aspects of emerging media, and he is an advocate for Internet freedom, including increased online transparency and accountability as well as child safety.
Published on Jun 2, 2015
When it comes to writing my books for publishers I’ll be sticking with Word for the foreseeable future. The main reason is that’s what the publishers want, but the other is Word’s track changes feature which is an absolute necessity when dealing with co-authors and editors. However, at work we’re using Google Drive so I’ve been looking into some of the deeper tools available there and I’ve discovered that Google Drive also has a track changes feature, named “See revision history” which can be found under the file menu or by typing CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-g.
I will say that see revision history if more like stepping through the history of a Wikipedia page, than Word’s track changes, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Want to see how long it is until your next meeting, and what the meeting is about in Google Calendar? Just click the gear and select labs. Near the bottom is the Next Meeting extension. Click enable and return to your calendar. Now, to the right of your calendar you’ll see what’s coming up next and how long you have to prepare.
In light of Google’s new ranking system that takes into account how mobile-friendly your site is, Google has mad a Mobile-Friendly Test site available.
Did you know that the Google Drive app has a scan feature? To start, open the app, click the add document button and then select scan. Take a photo of your document, crop, color correct, rename, and save. That’s it.