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1. How Google Works (2014) by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

1.1. Driven by 10X goals but working on 2X ideas; "Go out there and have big dreams, then show up to work the next morning and relentlessly incrementally achieve them" (p.xxix)

1.2. Ideas

1.2.1. The primary objective of any business today must be to increase the speed of the product development process and the quality of its output (p.17)

1.2.2. The business should always be outrunning the processes (p.199)

1.2.3. Process breaking; working against hierarchical (top-down) structures; towards more equal structures with strong strategic foundations

1.2.4. In a technological driven society, "What could be true in five years?"

1.2.5. Performance mindset vs. Growth mindset maintaining image vs. expanding image

1.2.6. Climb, confess, and comply mode. Reward with transparency (p.181-2)


1.3.1. It's what you learn after you know it all that counts (p.22)

1.3.2. Ideas come from crowded places (p.40) - surrounded by smart creatives working together

1.3.3. Burnout isn't caused by working too hard, but by resentment at having to give up what really matters to you (p. 52)

1.3.4. It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. Also a path to happiness (p. 141) - finding passion and adjust ideal/dream course (attainable)

1.3.5. "You're both right" (p.162) - people have to know their opinion was not only heard, but valued

1.3.6. To innovate, you must learn to fail well (p.238)

1.3.7. If there aren't good answers to the hardest questions, then there is at least a silver lining. They are the imminent hanging that can concentrate the mind so wonderfully (p.250-1)

1.4. Success

1.4.1. Smart Creatives deep technological knowledge in how to use the tools of her trade analytically smart and data decisive curious, risky, self-directed, open, thorough, passionate and communicative creative Quality of hiring smart creatives candidate evaluations across diff functions: leadership, role-related knowledge, general cognitive ability, googleyness (uniqueness, collaborative, bias to action, thriving and potential) asking about their outside passions, skills and interests that contributes to their personality, character and potential projects Environment for smart creatives a multiplicity of viewpoints - diversity; large and small teams give them a place to create change and adventure keep challenging and inspiring

1.4.2. Organizing CEOs people who have the biggest impact; committed to its success; product people

1.4.3. Believe your Own Slogans values of the company user experience

1.4.4. Product Excellence & Speed project 20% 70% core business; 20% emerging; 10% new spend 80% of your time on 80% of your revenue; focus on your core business example: (specialization) Google search - speed, accuracy, ease of use, comprehensiveness, freshness

1.4.5. Strategy summary (p. 92) what will be true in five years and work backwards, examine factors of production and those exponentially diving down cost curves growth matters most input from everyone iteration very important articulate a rough time frame and the end point you want to achieve majority of the time thinking about product and platform

1.4.6. Meeting rules (p.163) single decision maker (sense of urgency but maintain flexibility; good timing) hands on (good content, set objectives, summarize decisions, send email within 48 hours) should (i) be manageable in size (ii) have a clear purpose (iii) have a clear owner

1.4.7. Quarterly OKRs (p.177)

1.4.8. Guidelines for communication (p.184)

1.5. Function Experience Performance Passion

2. Emotional Intelligence (2005) by Daniel Goleman

2.1. what it means and how - to bring intelligence to emotion (p.xxii)

2.2. temperament is not destiny (p.xxiii)

2.3. the problem is not with emotionality, but with the appropriateness of emotion and its expression (p.xxiv)

2.4. AUTHOR ENVISIONS: For emotional intelligence itself to expand, from within the individual to when people interact and a day when EI will have become so widely understood because it has melded with our lives (p.xvii)

2.5. Anatomy of the Brain

2.5.1. Limbic system involved in memory, emotions, and learning while the neocortex is our "rational" center or "thinking brain"

2.5.2. Hippocampus retrieves narrative memories, while the amygdala determines emotional valence ex. hippocampus remembers your cousin's face, but the amygdala remembers you don't like him/her with their amygdala removed or severed, one would be emotionally indifferent, unresponsive and life would be without personal meanings

2.5.3. The direct synapse from eye/ear to the thalamus to the amygdala (as if a neural back alley) allows the senses to start a response before it is fully registered by the neocortex (specifically the prefrontal lobe) - "hijack the brain/an emotional urgency" - however, though it is fast it is not precise (feeling prior to thought) amygdala would spring us into action (you wouldn't know why), but then the neocortical response/prefrontal lobe registers why and discerns the emotional response deficiencies in the amygdala circuit: terrible flaws in decision-making (business and personal life) [NO GUT FEELINGS - not attuned to emotions] yet no deterioration of IQ and cognitive ability left vs. right prefrontal lobe (p.26) left "switches off" amygdala; lesions (L) prone to fear (R) unduly cheerful

2.6. Stats and studies

2.6.1. SEL programs and academic achievements (p.xi)

2.6.2. EI leadership in mid-careeer (p.xii)

2.6.3. Alexithymia (emotional flatness; lack of emotional words) (p.50-2)

2.6.4. Children and Marshmallow test (p.80-3) - delay of gratification

2.6.5. Profile Of Non-Sensitivity (p.97)

2.6.6. Attunement and infants w mothers (p.99-102)

2.6.7. Dyssemia (p.121)

2.7. All emotions are, in essence, impulses to act (p.6) but . . .

2.7.1. We have two brains, two minds - and two different kinds of intelligence: rational and emotional. Find the harmony or intelligent between the two (p.28-9) Feelings are flavour to intellect (p.41) A natural attunement to their own voice and language of emotion can articulate the wisdom of the unconscious - embodying our deepest wishes (p.54) The goal is balance, not emotional suppression: every feeling has its value and significance (p.56) paragraph quote (p.80) - To the degree that . . . they . . . and propel us to accomplishment. EI is a master aptitude Think of the moments when people outdo themselves (p.86) Your actual achievement is a function not just of talent, but also of the capacity to stand defeat (p.89)

2.8. Ideas

2.8.1. At best IQ predicts 20% to the factors that determine life success 80% other forces (i.e., social to luck) (p.34) Academic success and achievement, measurable IQ, does not tell you about how to react to the vicissitudes of life; neither does it guarantee prosperity or happiness (p.36)

2.8.2. There are hundreds and hundreds ways to succeed, and many, many different abilities that will help you get there (p.37)

2.9. Unique set of competencies; varieties of intelliegences/human talent (Note: unlimited, countless)

2.9.1. 5 domains of EI (p.43) knowing one's emotions rage (p. 59-65) anxiety (65-9) melancholy (p.69-75) unflappable (p.75-7) can't think straight, working memory emotional edge - enthusiasm, persistence, motivation (p.80) hope and optimism (vs. pessimism) (p.86-90); (p.177) excellence and flow (p.90-5) empathy (p.96-9); (p.102-10) managing emotions (p.48) self-aware engulfed accepting cognitive reframing (seeing things differently) seeking distractions or pleasurable moments motivating oneself ex. pragmatic reasons (p.58) recognizing emotions in others handling relationships maritial (ch.9) workplace (ch.10)

2.9.2. self-efficacy

2.9.3. social perceptiveness ex. Judy and classroom game (p.37)

2.9.4. interpersonal intelligence vs. intrapersonal intelligence (p. 39) interpersonal: organizing groups, negotiating solutions, personal connection, social analysis (p.118)

2.10. Cost of emotional illiteracy

2.10.1. social ineptness

2.10.2. mental weakening depression addictions reasoning stress

2.10.3. eating disorders

2.10.4. etc.