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.
I just finished listening to Why Mars and Venus Collide and I think it’s a great book just like Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. I couldn’t summarize the book in a few helpful points, so I would like to share the two following quotes with you.
You cannot simply behave and respond however you happen to feel that day. To love someone, you must deliberately and wisely choose what you do and how you respond. When you make your partner more important than how you feel, you will feel more love and connection.
It’s not enough to simply react to life’s changes, you must take hold of your life and repeatedly and dynamically correct the direction you’re being taken.
I recommend you read it if you are interested in improving your relationship.
I’ve recently finished reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Here’s a summary of all principles and techniques discussed in the book.
Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
- Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.
- Give honest and sincere appreciation.
- Arouse in the other person an eager want.
Six Ways to Make People Like You
- Become genuinely interested in other people.
- Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
- Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
- Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
- Make the other person feel important, and do it sincerely.
Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
- The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it .
- Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say you’re wrong.
- If you are wrong admit it quickly and emphatically.
- Begin in a friendly way.
- Get the other person saying yes yes immediately (Start with questions to which the other person will answer yes)
- Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
- Let the other person feel the the idea is his or hers.
- Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
- Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
- Appeal to the nobler motives.
- Dramatize your ideas.
- Throw down a challenge.