Google’s Study of Effective Managers

Starting in 2008, Google’s statisticians began “Project Oxygen”.* The plan was to statistically analyze years of performance reviews to identify which behaviors were associated with the best performing managers. The methodology also allowed them to rank-order the behaviors. Here they are, from top to bottom: Be a good coach. Provide specific, constructive feedback. Empower your… Read More Google’s Study of Effective Managers

Innovation at Google

Google has a famous strategy for innovation: Give each engineer one day every week to work on blue-sky, big potential ideas of their own choosing, and only require them to work on their “official” assigned project four days each week.  When I describe this to executives, I often get this question: “Why wouldn’t the engineer… Read More Innovation at Google