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Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone


Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

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4.5/5 (124 ratings)
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7 hours
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Released:
Sep 26, 2017
ISBN:
9780062694805
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Foreword by Bill Gates

Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. As much a humanist as engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies and a distinct call to action for leaders everywhere.

Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives—the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing.

It's about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform "hit refresh" in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. At its core, it's about us humans and how our one unique quality—empathy—will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will disrupt the status quo as never before.

Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO—one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul—transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering call to action for world leaders.

"Ideas excite me," Nadella explains. "Empathy grounds and centers me." Hit Refresh is a reflection, meditations, and series of recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement—for himself, for a storied company, and for society.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 26, 2017
ISBN:
9780062694805
Format:
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About the author

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO on February 4, 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. After Joining Microsoft in 1992, Nadella quickly became known within the company as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of the world’s best known and most used products. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella now lives in Bellevue, Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella is married and has three children. In his spare time, he loves to read poetry and follows cricket, a sport he played in school.


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  • (4/5)
    Well written and interesting perspective from the inside of the technology industry. The chapters on security/privacy and AI are particularly relevant at the beginning of 2018 when I read this book.
  • (5/5)
    Insightful book about empathy and technology. I recommend every tech worker to read it.
  • (5/5)
    easy read, good thoughts on technology. I learned what'scoming soon, and how I can best prepare for the future.
  • (5/5)
    Very inspirational..
    will make us better citizens of the world
  • (4/5)
    Outrageously needed. Thank you for sharing about your journey Satya, your thought process and encouraging world or innovation balanced with empathy and responsibility - as culture seeds. I like to know more about the Cloud - the real cloud and computing to drive innovation in real time, changing the world one value at a time. All the best in your tenure as CEO of Microsoft. To your success.
  • (5/5)
    Wise words by a true leader on future and technology
  • (5/5)
    Recommend this book for anyone working in technology, with clear futuristic mindset
  • (5/5)
    My best book this year, it was really eye opening
  • (4/5)
    Insights into future and how refreshing a commitment is important for business and life. Why it’s important to rethink priorities every now and then.
  • (3/5)
    The first part is OK, where Satya talks about his experiences bringing MSFT on track.

    The second part is a lot of fluff on the future of tech, AI, equitable growth and so on.
  • (5/5)
    Great insites from a visionary leader. Wishing satya all the best for his future at microsoft.
  • (5/5)
    Extremely eye opening and reflective. I truly enjoyed Satya's view of the American dream and what his hopes for the future of technology and large corporations are.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful book. In hindsight, it explains a lot why Microsoft is where it is today.
  • (5/5)
    Gave insight into the future — computing and how humans will innovate.
  • (5/5)
    Very insightful book for any leader to read and digest
  • (4/5)
    Read the book when it was published back then and wanted to listen to the audiobook as well. As a person who knows Microsoft very well, I thoroughly believe that Satya brought a new life and truly Hit Refreshed to the company's direction and soul. Enjoyed the journey and lot to take to our personal lives as well.
  • (4/5)
    A book for anyone who wants to understand the future of technology and the world.
  • (5/5)
    Really good book about vision and leadership. Like Satya's approach of growing together and empowering people. MSFT seems to have a much more better culture now. Hope it keeps up with the culture focused on purpose and effectiveness.
  • (5/5)
    I liked a lot, very instructing and inspiring. I liked the historical issues about how microsft have changed
  • (5/5)
    Outstanding, thoughtful, futuristic and humanistic. Great reference for leaders of organizations.
  • (3/5)
    Guess it was okay, it had some interesting facts and bits, but it is was like a Microsoft infomercial at times
  • (4/5)
    3 Stars for the book + 0.5 Stars for the extra scribbles and highlights in the Employee EditionFull disclosure – I didn’t read everything.This is definitely a book about Microsoft first and foremost (well, duh!). If you’re not interested, move along. What makes this book ‘worth picking-up’ is due to 1) Satya’s immigrant background, and 2) that his earnestness is on full display, notably having included his sizeable mistake during his 2014 Grace Hopper interview. Skipping that would have been a deal-breaker. He spoke candidly of different technology business segments and his perspective of inclusiveness in the organization. It’s his personal mission statement for the world to see. On the tech and business side, he is pushing the agenda he envisioned. On the organization side, the proof is still in the pudding. The best parts to read are his scribbles found only in the employee edition – more personal, more to the point of his expectations within the company.