November 24th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

Google Ventures Startup Lab | GV partner Rick Klau covers the value of setting objectives and key results (OKRs) and how this has been done at Google since 1999. Understand the key attributes of effective OKRs and how to apply them in your own organization.

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July 28th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

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)

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July 7th, 2017 by Michael Sauers


The Globe and Mail Top Leadership and Management Book
Forbes Top Creative Leadership Book

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:

  • Take away managers’ power over employees
  • Learn from your best employees-and your worst
  • Hire only people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them
  • Pay unfairly (it’s more fair!)
  • Don’t trust your gut: Use data to predict and shape the future
  • Default to open-be transparent and welcome feedback
  • If you’re comfortable with the amount of freedom you’ve given your employees, you haven’t gone far enough.

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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November 24th, 2015 by Michael Sauers
  1. In Google Drive, open your form or create a new Google Form.
  2. Fill in the answer fields you want to pre-populate.
  3. Select Responses > Get pre-filled URL.
  4. Use the URL provided to send the pre-populated form to respondents.

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July 25th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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.

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June 5th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Educator and technology expert John Palfrey visited Google’s office in Cambridge, MA to talk about his book, “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google”.

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

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June 2nd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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.

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May 12th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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.

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April 27th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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.

Google Mobile Friendly Test


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April 24th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

New job, new laptop. (Well, I do have to give the State of Nebraska their laptop back…)
Acer Chromebook 15 (top)Acer Chromebook 15 (open)


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