HIT REFRESH - The Quest to Discover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone
AUTHOR: Satya Nadella
SUMMARY: (via Good Reads) "As told by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh is the story of corporate change and reinvention as well as the story of Nadella’s personal journey, one that is taking place today inside a storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous. It’s about how people, organizations and societies can and must hit refresh—transform—in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal. At the core, it’s about us humans and our unique qualities, like empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt like never before. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."
EXTRA THOUGHTS: Hit Refresh is more than a leadership perspective. It's a wonderful reminder of the intersect of business and humanity and how we leverage our opportunities, success and position within business to create change in the world...the kind of change we want to see.
My two favourites from the book
1. The 3 Cs (learnt from Steve Ballmer): i. Concept - the outer ring or the need for the organisation to have a conceptual vision, ii. Capability - the middle ring asks whether a company has the skills to build, and finally, iii. Culture - is of course, the bulls-eye and emphases the need for organisations to build a culture that embraces new concepts and capabilities without choking them out. ‘Culture is how an organisation thinks and acts, but individuals shape it.’
2. Business principles are like cricket! I specifically love the anecdote on helping shape culture and therefore organisational success, through business principles learned from...cricket: i. Compete vigorously and with passion in the face of uncertainty and intimidation ii. Put your team first, ahead of your personal statistics and recognition iii. The central role of leadership is about bringing out the best in everyone. To build and sustain innovation-producing and customer-pleasing products what’s required are smart partnerships and the alchemy of purpose, innovation and empathy.
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