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- Publisher: William Collins (26 September 2017)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX4KH4R
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Hit Refresh: A Memoir by Microsoft’s CEO Kindle Edition
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‘With every new technology, there are challenges. How do we help people whose jobs are replaced by AI agents and robots? Will users trust their AI agent with all their information? If an agent could advise you on your work style, would you want it to? That is what makes books like Hit Refresh so valuable. Satya has charted a course for making the most of the opportunities created by technology while also facing up to the hard questions. And he offers his own fascinating personal story, more literary quotations than you might expect, and even a few lessons from his beloved game of cricket’ Bill Gates
About the Author
Satya Nadella is a husband, a father, and the chief executive officer of Microsoft – only the third in the company’s forty-year history. On his twenty-first birthday, Nadella emigrated from Hyderabad, India, to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in computer science. He joined Microsoft in 1992. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.
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As Satya unpacks his thoughts and philosophy of leadership in the early chapters, I can’t help but see a strong alignment to Simon Sineks leadership teachings.
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Satya's stories and insights into how we approaches life as the CEO of one of the largest and most influential technology companies in the world really spoke to me and I will be applying elements of his insights into my own working and personal life.
What was the situation at Microsoft when Satya took over? What did he inherit? And what is it that he wants to change? Trying to bring about culture change in such a big organization is not easy, it is a painfully slow grind but the author’s efforts have slowly started showing results. In the latter sections, the author takes a deep dive into technologies of the future, and how Microsoft is “trying to imagine a better future for everyone”. It is this that I liked the most. The author writes about key technologies Microsoft is betting on. Which are these? What can they do? And where are we – the human race - heading?
In recent times, the growth of technology has also thrown up difficult issues surrounding privacy, security, free speech and government surveillance. The author discusses these delicate issues, rightly ruing that laws always lag technological changes, causing friction between regulation and the corporation. Role of companies in modern society is also discussed.
Do give this book a read – it did change my perception of Microsoft, for the better.
The culture change which Satya talks about does come across as real and significant especially if you have a close view of the industry. He talks of his learnings of empathy from his personal life (with a child with special needs) and the progression of his thoughts and plans for Microsoft. While the theme of empathy seems to repeat too often through the pages, it is certainly an important one – especially for large organisations.
The other theme is one of a collaborative ecosystem – working together with competitors where necessary. The discussion around privacy in the later part of the book (where Microsoft stood on the same side as Apple) makes for interesting reading. And there is the episode he describes where he walks onto the stage at an event holding an iPhone (he does soften the blow by saying most of the applications on the phone were from Microsoft!). Microsoft’s new approach to how it deals with it’s competitors, is now seeing it develop more and more solutions which run on iOS and Android.
I wish there was more material on how he sees Artificial Intelligence will pervade our personal lives and businesses. While there is a bit of that, it is mostly public knowledge. It would have also been good to read more about his earlier years in Microsoft.
Overall, a book I liked for it’s simplicity and especially the values it emphasises.