The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine A Better Future for EveryoneeBook - 2017
"Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, while tracing his own journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant changes of the digital era and offering his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies. Hit Refresh is about individual change, the transformation happening inside Microsoft, and the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced--including artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It examines how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform, how they must 'hit refresh' in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. Yet at its core, it's about humans and how one of our essential qualities--empathy--will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will alter the status quo as never before. In addition to his thoughts on these stunning scientific leaps, Satya Nadella discusses his fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO--one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He explains how the company rediscovered its soul--transforming everything from its culture to its business partnerships to the fiercely competitive landscape of the industry itself. Nadella concludes by introducing an equation to restore digital trust, ethical design principles, and economic growth for everyone. 'Ideas excite me,' Nadella explains. 'Empathy grounds and centers me.' A series of recommendations presented as algorithms, Hit Refresh is an astute contemplation of what lies ahead from a conscientious, deliberative leader searching for improvement--for himself, for a storied company, and for society."--Jacket.
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Admittedly, I only listened to the first part of the audiobook version but am very much tempted to finish at this stage. I was expecting to learn hard facts about the industry and trends moving forward but instead there is very heavy focus on the author himself and some other individuals. It sounds like a self-celebration of Satya Nadella who is padding himself on the shoulder. Yes, he is very successful, and my review is not meant to sound envious. However, the late entry into the mobile market and the steady decline of workstation sales is something the author should cover more. Risks for the enterprise and the overall industry instead of the focus on Satya Nadella would be appreciated. The person may carry an elevated sense of self-importance which comes across arrogant in the first few chapters. Tell me more about the failures and the late entry into certain markets and not so much about your credentials. Is the author trying to defend himself while the ship is slowing? While Microsoft has contributed significantly to the industry and overall accessibility of computing, it is not as relevant these days as the author attempts to portray in this work.
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