I didn’t get quite as many books as Ewan did for Christmas. But I did get a copy of the Google Story which I quickly demolished in a couple of days. I found the book fascinating, particularly how its founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page built to company up from nothing into a multi billion dollar business.
last dew days I have been starting to think how the Google business philosophy could
be employed into schools. I have been particularly taken by the notion of ‘20% time’. This is where employers have
to work on something that interests them for 20% of their time no matter if there
is no financial reward benefit to the company.
It also seems to be a company that has got the basics right. For example every employee gets a free lunch. I have seen first hand from my time at Dunbar Grammar how free lunches can be a big boost to staff moral and how free evening meals can have an equivalent impact before a parents evening.
My new years resolution is to get ‘back to basics’. Perhaps its time I employed this philosophy in my professional life as well as my personal life? Or are they really any different any more?
Good Wikipedia article on Google here and a Google video showing what its like to work at Google here. Now where do I get the money to order 50 lava lamps and 100 large colourful bouncing balls for MGS? And can you really buy shoes with springs on them?