Saturday, January 22, 2011

New CEO Larry Page Seeks More Agile Google - WSJ.com

I expect the Steve Jobs theme will be most widely-discussed Larry Page analogy, and that there will be future business best-sellers on leadership by autocratic technocrats (bonus points if they’re also company founders)

But several of Mr. Page's former colleagues describe him as having similarities to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, whom Mr. Page has said he admired. Both men are strong willed, sometimes impolite and push engineers hard to execute their ambitious projects. 

Some former colleagues said Mr. Page is likely to try to pierce through the sometimes "paralyzing" bureaucracy that product managers and engineers have faced when trying to launch some Google products in recent years.

Another excerpt from the NYT source in the previous post:

Google employees said they hoped Mr. Page’s biggest impact would be in providing a jolt of inspiration. He gave a glimpse of that, along with a rare public display of emotion, in a commencement speech at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, last year.

“I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams,” he said. “I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.”

New CEO Larry Page Seeks More Agile Google - WSJ.com

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