The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine A Better Future for EveryoneBook - 2017
"At the core, Hit Refresh, is about us humans and the unique quality we call empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt the status quo like never before." - Satya Nadella from Hit Refresh
"Satya has charted a course for making the most of the opportunities created by technology while also facing up to the hard questions." - Bill Gates from the Foreword of Hit Refresh
The New York Times bestseller Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives--the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It's about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform and "hit refresh" in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal.
Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as a sitting CEO--one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul--transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. As much a humanist as engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering call to action for world leaders.
"Ideas excite me," Nadella explains. "Empathy grounds and centers me." Hit Refresh is a set of reflections, meditations, and recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement--for himself, for a storied company, and for society.
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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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