Lecture 6: Data is Apolitical
I felt like adding to my post from yesterday regarding the Udemy class lectures by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! from a presentation while she worked for Google. She said that organizational political liaisons such as having a better relationship with a manager or being a favorite are not as important within Google as many other firms because they have so many brilliant people working for them, and that all ideas that are brought to the Google table have merit. Not every idea is ready to be put to use in its present form, but every idea has value, even the one that loses out to another selection.
But in the end, the idea that is used by Google is always the idea that has been proven by data and measurement metrics. At Google a presenter can’t say, “most people …….” but must speak more concretely to the fact of how many people, who the people were, exact responses, etc. So it is obvious to everyone from the research that takes place before hand which idea has the most merit for the objective they are reaching for right then. The numbers always speak for themselves as mathematical proof, “so that decisions and the way people relate to one another is a lot less political.”
Lecture 4: License to Pursue Dreams
One other thing she mentioned, that I always wondered about, is how the 20% plan works. There are many opportunities to put forth ideas, and people to collaborate with, and the incentive of the 20% plan Google offers to employees lets them work on whatever they want 20% of the time. Some employees like taking one day a week to work on their scheme, whatever they want—it’s up to them, and other people like to work on some Google approved project for several weeks, and then use their 20% of workdays all bunched together. Because the organization is so flat, with 50 or so people reporting to one person, employees are expected to self-manage themselves to a great degree, and work with others.
The time investment to listen to Marissa Mayer’s Udemy lectures is only about thirty minutes, but if you are like me, you will be thinking about it a lot longer than that. I’m still considering what I can take away from these lectures and put to use in my work in technology at a K12 school. Here is what Justin Marquis writes of using the 20% time method in the K12 classroom.