Google’s Eight behaviorsMarch 16, 2011 at 3:02 AM | Posted in Annals of Management, Business | 10 Comments
Tags: Bill Parcells, Bobby Knight, Burroughs, Dean Smith, Google, Tom Landry
In the SundayBusiness section of the NY Times, Adam Bryant (he of “Corner Office” Fame) reports on Google’s “Project Oxygen” in which the famous company seeks to analyse what makes for an excellent manager. As I began reading I expected to find that Google had discovered the qualities that, well, define me. Then, early on in the article I read that “What employees valued most were even-keel bosses ….”
Well, I thought, I’m pretty even keeled — except for the times I’m not. Then over a solo sushi meal I recounted the bosses I’ve actually had, discounting the ones that I’ve heard about, like the famous Jack Shivillo (get the f… out of my sight till you get an order) from the Burroughs days. Virtually all my old bosses were more even-keel than I am and I’m scoring myself gently. Like Newt Gingrich, most of my indiscretions were from my younger days but isn’t that always the case?
I did get better news as I read “Google’s Eight Behaviors” as they rated “Be a good coach” as the number one key. I see myself that way (at least that’s what I’m trying to do) but even that brings issues: am I fiery like Bobby Knight or the Tuna, Bill Parcells (both wonderfully sarcastic) or am I more the gentleman, like Dean Smith and Tom Landry.
Who the hell am I and am I Google material?