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[Excerpt from How Google Works, Rosenberg Eagle and Schmidt, page 170]

The World’s Best Athletes Need Coaches, and You Don’t?

In the summer of 2002, when Eric had been on the job as Google CEO for about a year, he wrote a self- review of his performance and shared it with his team. The document included highlights (“developed proper business processes”), objectives for the next year (“run the clock faster without compromising the future”), and areas where he could have performed better. The last category included several points, but one self-critique stands out as the most important: Bill Campbell has been very helpful in coaching all of us. In hindsight, his role was needed from the beginning. I should have encouraged this structure sooner, ideally the moment I started at Google.

This was a 180- degree turnaround from a year earlier: When Eric started at Google, board member John Doerr suggested that he work with Bill as his coach. Eric’s reply? “I don’t need a coach. I know what I’m doing.” Whenever you watch a world-class athlete perform, you can be sure that there is a great coach behind her success. It’s not that the coach is better at playing the sport than the player, in fact that is almost never the case. But the coaches have a different skill: They can observe players in action and tell them how to be better. So why is it that in the business world coaches are so unusual? Are we all like Eric when he started at Google, so confident of ourselves that we can’t imagine someone helping us to be better? If so, this is a fallacy.

As a business leader, you need a coach. The first ingredient of a successful coaching relationship is a student who is willing to listen and learn. Just like there are hard-to-coach athletes, there are hard-to-coach executives. But once they get past that initial reticence, they find there are always things to learn. Business coaches, like all coaches, are at heart teachers, and Bill Campbell, the best coach around, tells us he believes that management is a skill that is completely learnable.

For Jonathan, class began right around the time when Larry Page was calling the regimented product plan that he created “stupid.” The following week, Jonathan was sitting in Coach Campbell’s office, wondering why he had ever joined this chaotic start-up and contemplating quitting. Don’t quit, Bill implored him. Stick it out. Maybe you’ll even learn something. For that, and everything else you have done for us, thank you, Coach.
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President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report recommends ways to make the most of technology and innovation opportunities for cities.
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As opportunities powered by A.I. expand, how do we ensure it’s done responsibly? Some thoughts:
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I hope u can also ask how to help me?
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My New York Times essay: Let's build a safe, vibrant web, free from coercion and conformity.
Is technology still the great democratizer?
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I learned a great deal from Clay Christensen and particularly from "The Innovator's Dilemma" and I'm flattered to see "How Google Works" discussed in the same company as his ground breaking work.

We are here in the world described colorfully but accurately by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg in How Google Works (2014), “Traditional, MBA-style thinking, dictates that you build up a sustainable competitive advantage over rivals and then close the fortress and defend it with boiling oil and flaming arrows.”

Innovation requires radically different management.
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very useful in the sense that he started a discussion on the topic and at least got some form of theory at least, developing....

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Feeling energized that US is embracing a clean power future. 2015 is shaping up to be a big year to #ActOnClimate.
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Taking about clean energy.... Relenant of not, Can't we do something about button batteries and save innocent lives? and
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Bill Campbell, our very close friend, died this morning.  A man with a huge heart, who hugged everyone he met with, was more than a mentor.  He helped us build Google and in countless ways made our success possible.  We started with him as an external coach but he quickly became the internal management expert.  He attended our staff meetings, met with management, and spent countless hours with our leadership.  He helped build our Board of Directors, and helped build our culture.  He worked very very closely with our Founders in every possible way.

His contribution to the success of Google and now Alphabet is incalculable.  His legacy is the smile that he created on everyones face, and the great leaders of the valley whom he coached.  Bill was a truly gifted man, and the world lost a great leader this morning.
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Google Ideas becomes Jigsaw

Today, we’re announcing the expansion of Google Ideas, Google’s think tank, as a technology incubator called Jigsaw. The team’s mission is to use technology to tackle the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating the threats associated with digital attacks.

Jared Cohen, who ran Google Ideas, will serve as President of Jigsaw. We created Google Ideas five years ago as an in-house think tank to explore how technology might help the next five billion people coming online for the first time. Many of the newest Internet users are coming online in societies where censorship, corruption, or violence are daily realities.

Many of the team’s current products aim to protect access to information, including Project Shield, which harnesses Google’s computing infrastructure to protect independent voices from DDoS attacks; contributions to open-source efforts like uProxy, which lets people share access to the free and open internet; and Password Alert, which helps protect against phishing.

Staying true to its think tank roots, the team has also explored global challenges using data visualizations, such as the Digital Attack Map, which displays the top digital attacks in the world in real time, and the global arms visualization, which illuminates the global arms trade. Currently some of the team’s research is exploring hate and harassment online with the goal of substantially reducing it.

And we’re just getting started.  

Why Jigsaw? For one thing, the new name acknowledges that the world is a complex puzzle of physical and digital challenges. For another, it reflects our belief that collaborative problem solving yields the best solutions.

The world is as complex as ever, but we believe that a unique combination of principled research and technology expertise can help put the puzzle together—one piece at a time.

- Eric Schmidt
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Have you seen @googleideas new series on free expression? Check it out here
My colleagues and I traveled to the Oslo Freedom Forum to meet with a diverse group of policy makers, artists, journalis…
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+Eric Schmidt Yahoo had data from 500,000,000 accounts hacked in 2014. That is one company that should be responding about the Data Security IP I am selling, methinks. Yet, this is typical. Even when they get hacked, they don't care. The NSA is the same way. People don't really care about data security until it's much too late... It seems like it has no "business value", and that companies can't charge for it.... regardless of the costs of getting hacked. This doesn't make sense... Additionally the new "tokenization" IP offered by Wingate Dunross also provides 17 new revenue-generating models. Data Security is good business! Estimated market value is $1Trillion in the next ten years.
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Lets not let fear defeat our values; Sundar is right.  Discrimination is wrong and diversity is our great strength.
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Interesting piece in the Economist:

“The pace of change is accelerating,” Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg of Google assert in their book “How Google Works”. For evidence look no further than the “unicorns”—highflying startups—which can win billion-dollar valuations within a year or two of coming into being. In a few years they can erode the profits of industries that took many decades to build.

Is the pace of business really getting quicker?
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I think the Alphabet name is Awesome.

Really excited about the vision and brilliance of Sundar.. he's going to be a great CEO!
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