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A great way to empower employees is to give them room to explore their interests. +Google is known for giving 20% time for side projects, but this isn’t just something for tech companies.

3M has actually offered employees 15% time for passion projects since 1948, resulting in products we take for granted today.

Any company can find similar ways to let employees take control of the company. The benefits for people’s happiness and creativity make it well worth trying. #workrules #google #innovation

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Amit and Tim, the actual details about how 20% time work in practice are different from what's been in the press. Anecdotes are illuminating, but I looked at and wrote about what the data show. 
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Company mission statements: they’re usually filled with jargon and a bit of a snooze. But they’re actually an amazing opportunity to remind people of why what they do matters. Why is this so important? Finding meaning in your work makes a major difference in your quality of life. 

According to Amy Wrzesniewski of Yale University, there are three kinds of workers: those who see work as a job, as a career, and as a calling. Surprisingly, about one third of people in all fields see work as a calling, whether they are doctors, janitors, engineers, or secretaries, and those who do are both happier and healthier.

Of course, not everyone has the power to rewrite their company’s mission statement. But everyone can think about what their personal mission statement might be. Whether it’s helping others, building tools that improve lives, or brightening people’s days, take a moment to capture what it is that makes what you do worthwhile.

#workrules #mission #inspiration

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The idea is +Laszlo Bock here is not to convince but inviting the target workers to be fully engaged in exploring what works for them. For they need a sense of ownership not only of their physical property but also their own professional experience too. What do you think?
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If I told you I had a simple way to make your company 9% more productive, right now, for free, you’d probably call me crazy. So don’t take my word for it – instead let’s look at the data. 

After studying the productivity of 308 companies' performance over 22 years, Dr. Kamal Birdi of the University of Sheffield found that there was only one factor that consistently lead to gains in performance: empowering employees. Companies that gave their employees freedom by doing things like transferring decision-making power from managers to employees saw better results than those that didn’t.

So when you’re wondering how to hit this quarter’s target, make sure you look for ways to put more power in employees’ hands. The more they feel like they own the place, the more driven they’ll be for it to succeed. #workrules

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Inc. not only named my WORK RULES! "best business book" of 2015, but also included their favorite quote.  Very cool!
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Moving and inspiring post about Google's Women TechMakers Summit this weekend.
Having a kid is a trip. You learn a lot of things about yourself. I got to revisit those learnings this weekend, when I …
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Want to find meaning in work? Make it personal. To discover what motivates people, +Adam Grant studied university fundraisers, dividing them into four groups. One was the control, another read stories about personal benefits of the job, a third read inspiring stories from scholarship recipients, and the last talked to scholarship recipients for five minutes.

What did Grant discover? Making a personal connection for just five minutes was enough to improve productivity by 400%.

This isn’t just for fundraisers, it’s true in every industry. Finding meaning in work not only makes you healthier and happier, it can improve your productivity too! 

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+Laszlo Bock that is a powerful statistic. 400% increase in productivity should raise the eyebrow of every leader. I hope that productivity was in aspects of work and life in general. Valuing your teams progress in both work and personal developement I find the most fulfilling. Another great post.
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Empowering employees isn’t just for tech companies like Google. It’s something all kinds of successful companies share.

+Wegmans, an oft-featured Best Place to Work, is a privately owned regional grocery store operating in an industry where 1% profit margins are the norm. Brandix is a Bangladeshi textile manufacturer with a workforce that’s largely female and includes many people from difficult economic circumstances. Both companies are very different from Google, but we’ve all been rewarded with outsize performance by encouraging employees to bring their whole selves to work and act like owners once they get there.

Any company can do the same, all it takes is the courage to trust the great people you have. #workrules #google #trust

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I just posted my latest advice for new grads and job seekers on how to win every interview.  Good luck out there!  #WorkRules
Three unbelievably cool things happened to me this week. On Monday, my publisher sent me the first hardcover copies of my new book, Work Rules! It’s a real thing now! On Tuesday, the CEO of a major company told me he’d been following my interviews with Tom Friedman about how to get a job at Google, or anywhere. He asked how his company could adopt some of those same practices. Someone is listening!And on Wednesday, a new Googler stopped me in one...
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Patrick, I'll miss you.  It's been an amazing 7 years with you!!!!
 
After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.


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+Laszlo Bock, this letter is a new assignment in Business Land! How to accomplish life & work! It's a hard question. Nobody has the answer. Maybe He and Tamar will tell us later! 
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Zombie apocalypse simulator.  Essential.
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Can't wait to try the new office!
 
Nice video about our proposed campus released today!
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Hey Larry - this is cool and amazing ! Let me get in too !!!
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