This book is a beacon of hope in the world of business books. It actually contains a reasoned argument along with an evidence basis for the innovations it proposes. This book goes beyond HR folklore and demonstrates viable strategies to enhance satisfaction, retention and efficiency. What is most impressive about the book is that it openly acknowledges its failures or when they failed to predict how the dreaded engineers would respond to a scheme. A very refreshing book to those fatigued by unfounded claims by business gurus.
A quixotic-review for an insightful book, writer and on Google? Why not. My review is best understood if Googler Laszlo (the author) reads this. "What will Laszlo do if Apple and Alibaba wants to buy my app for 1billion but I want to work with Google, to moon shoot and do the impossible?", I asked myself while I read unabated Laszlo's book for some ideas and insights. After Chapter 2, I was saying to myself "I am on my good way to create the "Google of Goals" and seems like I need Laszlo's help". After reading the entire book, I am convinced that Laszlo-like is the specific A-Team person whom I wish to hunt down to do my impossible project (not unlike Google like) and the book provided me with the recruiting idea to experiment with this review.
What's my app project gotta do with the book review? In brief and along review lines of the book: using the power of the web, algorithm, freedom and love to deliver each unique personal truth to every individuals who wants it or unknowingly wants it. It is like providing unconditional love or perpetual freedom to every child, especially those at risk of being scared subconsciously now and for their future adult life. It is the maxim of prevention better than cure sort of productivity. The cure or mere containment of adults' mental conditions or/plus emotional turmoils are significantly costlier than an alternative preventive solutions. I do not have the facts on how costlier it is. Googlers have the "Google machine" and if Googlers do the Google-maths, I won't be surprised if Googler-Laszlo finds the cost itself tally up to an astronomical figure, just USA country alone. Visualize the cost of the world, for example. And these costs are growing still. The astronomical" unproductive cost itself justify our best shot at this unproductive "demons"? Review-wise, this book provided me the ideas and insights to hunt down the most matching A-Teamates. It also provides a sort of ready-blueprint for my future start-up scaling and sustainability.
Great insightful book, by the way. Reading this lengthy book does not seem long at all. It will be even more amazingly insightful if Laszlo and I connect thereafter. The feelings are likely mutual - the sort "who is this guy and when do we meet" - honestly and humbly. Hope to moon shoot with Googler-Laszlo, sincerely. Viva to Lazlo's book, for it inspire me to write this review as part of experiment with innovative reverse-recruitment drive.
[LOL subnote1: Years or moon later," Laszlo-likes" can perhaps tell Larry or Sergey that he found me because of his book, through the book review "recruiting channel" - another amazing way to find the right talent for Googles. LOL indeed, but please "make my day" - contact me! My email is amigoals at gmail, one and only].
[LOL subnote2: My moon-shoot-project win-win proposition's to Laszlo-like is that it also has the charm of leveraging on Laslo's superb deep-dive-humanity-talent and passion in People Operation. It is like doing a "mega life changing engineering project" within People Operation, where the core is human, love, making people happier etc. Can you imagine an app that playfully delivers the amazing unconditional love to the poor orphans of the world?]
I really appreciate that Google has had the decency to put this "We figured out the smart way because we can and are happy to gift it to the world to hopefully help lift the game" kind of thinking. And thanks to Laszlo for telling it like it is, in a helpful coaching kind of style. There is no "look at me, ain't I grande" self-serving preaching thing going on here, just useful detailed insights to what works. With, as always, the efficacy and usefulness of the info being more about the reader than the author. In this instance, the author has done as good a job as could reasonably be done of presenting complex content - what we do with it is up to us. Sure we would love the abridged "just do this" version, and there is some of that there. But the real value is in the thought process married to good will and intent, so let's get cracking eh? Find some low hanging fruit and take it on now. Then go back for the deeper look for what you can also apply to make your world, and therefore in time, my world and all our worlds, a better place. These very handy insights to making good things happen with and through our fellow human beings are so much more than "feel good factor", it is a real opportunity to go for gold so please do. Look for the gems, there's a smorgasbord here to pick from, and get them happening people. I sure intend to!