I have just finished reading I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59, a really nice book giving an insider view of how Google works.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
In google’s culture, When you ran into a wall, you built a ladder. If there was a moat beyond the wall, you made a boat. If there was a crocodile in the moat, you fed it one of your arms and used the other to paddle across. The takeaway was “Take responsibility. Do something.”
If you only know how to do A, and it turns out the company moves in a way that A isn’t important anymore, you have an intrinsic reaction to argue that we must do A. If you are a generalist you are much less threatened by that. Instead, it’s “Fine. Great. Here is something else to do that’s exciting”.
Hire ability over experience.