Life and career decisionmaking from a HyperAchiever

Marissa Mayer (VP at Google) looked at the best decisions that she’d ever made and came up with two commonalities:

  1. She works really hard – big projects are an exciting challenge.
  2. She surrounded herself with really smart people. That’s the best place to learn and grow – as a result, she ended up as Craig Silverstein’s assistant for her first two years because he’s one of the smartest people she’s ever met!
  3. She believes in doing something that you’re a little not ready to do… that’s where you really explore and find your limits.

It seems to be working for her…

I like her nine notions of innovation too…

  1. Ideas come from everywhere
    Google expects everyone to innovate, even the finance team.
  2. Share everything you can
    Every idea, every project, every deadline – it’s all accessible to everyone on the intranet
  3. You’re brilliant, we’re hiring
    Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin approve hires. They favor intelligence over experience
  4. A license to pursue dreams
    Employees get a “free” day a week. Half of new launches come from this “20% time”
  5. Innovation, not instant perfection
    Google launches early and often in small beta tests, before releasing new features widely
  6. Don’t politic, use data
    Mayer discourages the use of “I like” in meetings, pushing staffers to use metrics
  7. Creativity loves restraint
    Give people a vision, rules about how to get there, and deadlines
  8. Worry about usage and users, not money
    Provide something simple to use and easy to love. The money will follow.
  9. Don’t kill projects — morph them
    There’s always a kernel of something good that can be salvaged

I love her style… especially as captain of the pom pom squad and debate teams!

One comment on “Life and career decisionmaking from a HyperAchiever

  1. I believe that involvement from all within an organisation is paramount. Often the difficulities within workplaces is that ‘pecking orders’ and being part of the cog is the normal situation. Every person has a talent and input from all levels of the workplace makes I believe a more productive and happy work environment. An interesting concept you have made and it should perhaps be something considered in a wider scale.


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