Quick Hit How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg paints a detailed picture of each executive’s experience working at Google. The text covers a lot of topics that are important considerations for all businesses, including: leadership, culture, hiring, communication, product development, and organizational strategy. In the past, I have questioned if Google’s success is derived from its team of “smart creatives” or just a product of its supremely talented founders. The book makes a good case for the former and shares a lot of interesting stories and perspectives from two executives that were at the heart of the company’s epic rise. There are someRead More →

Quick Hit Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is an intense leadership book including principles of leadership the authors learned during their time as US Navy Seals. Each chapter is organized to teach the reader about a specific leadership principle. Chapters are organized into three sections. First, the authors share a relevant story from their military experience that brings to light a specific leadership principle, next they provide a detailed description on the principle, and finally they apply they share a story of how the principle is applied to the business world. I like the way the book is organized and the chapter structureRead More →

Meritocracy is a philosophy that states power should be allocated based on skill and talent. In other words, in a meritocratic society there are winners and losers. Members of society are essentially graded on talent and skill. This principle is attractive at the surface, easy to sell, and can be a great guiding principle to developing work ethic, but there are holes in its execution at the societal level. In his TedTalk, Alain de Button discusses challenges with meritocracy, stating: “The problem is, if you really believe in a society where those who merit to get to the top, get to the top, you’ll also,Read More →