Traditional leadership is, were you president of the chess club? Were you vice president of sales? How quickly did you get there? We don’t care. What we care about is, when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead. And just as critically, do you step back and stop leading, do you let someone else? Because what’s critical to be an effective leader in this environment is you have to be willing to relinquish power.What else? Humility and ownership. “It’s feeling the sense of responsibility, the sense of ownership, to step in,” he said, to try to solve any problem — and the humility to step back and embrace the better ideas of others. “Your end goal,” explained Bock, “is what can we do together to problem-solve. I’ve contributed my piece, and then I step back.”
Short but insightful read on what really matters when applying to Google: leadership, humility, collaborative spirit, adaptability, and a thirst for learning.
Mansion Mayhem - Google NY Holiday Party 2012
Last week, I took Bobby and Rahul to Google’s 2012 New York holiday party at the New York Public Library. It may be just one night - but this is absolutely one of my favorite perks of working at Google! (Photos via party photographers’ Picasa albums.)
The NYPL awaiting our arrival - decked out in Googley colors.
My two handsome dates! After some frantic/failed dress shopping, I ended up wearing this DVF dress that I scored at Loehmann’s back in ‘09, with a sparkly gold Banana Republic belt. 5-inch Michael Kors leopard print maryjanes: not pictured. My feet are still recuperating.
Dining and sipping next to stacked shelves.
Champagne fountain in action.
Casino room - all “winnings” were donated to Friends of the Highline - the charity selected by attendees.
Tequila luge… my scene. For obvious reasons.
The library was absolutely beautiful as a venue - and three hours certainly weren’t enough to explore all the different rooms and activities.
The final hours were spent dancing the night away in the basement of the library. Blasting music in what is normally a temple of silence = awesome. There is no photographic evidence of that, for better or for worse. ;)
Weekend summer fun on Governor’s Island
All rain and no sunshine makes me a grumpy girl - luckily Friday and Saturday were picturesque or I’d have a real bone to pick with Mother Nature over the downpour we’ve had in the last 48 hours.
On Friday, we had a team off-site on Governor’s Island. We picnicked in the grass, played games in the sun, and I rode a bike for the first time in probably a decade (may or may not have hit a sidewalk while doing it).
My team and the Statue of Liberty (real tiny in the back) after our bicycle ride around the island.
Playing on the swings!
An engineer saving the ladder ball, which I accidentally threw into a tree… twice… (physical activities / games involving throwing objects are not my strong suit).
Friday afternoon happy hour? Don’t mind if we do.
Enjoying beauteous weather and an amazing view with my teammate Julio at Le Bain.
On Sunday, the weather caused our plumbing to take a turn for the worst. Annie and I took the indoorsy weather as an opportunity see Crazy, Stupid, Love. I rarely, if ever, have celebrity crushes but oh my gaw Ryan Gosling!!!!! THOSE ABS.
(Annie just sent me this. Yeah - pretty much.)
littlethenextbigthing asked: I was wondering if you had any advice for someone applying for a job at Google. How did you get your resume read by an ACTUAL person and not just some computer program? Any cover-letter advice?
Disclaimer: This is not official advice on applying to Google - this is just based on my experiences with successful/unsuccessful referrals.
Getting a current Googler to refer you generally helps in getting your application noticed. There are a few pieces of advice I give my friends who are applying to Google:
Tailor your cover letter and resume. This seems fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people send me resumes to submit for Google that indicate they’ve made zero effort to do this. You should be framing your resume in such a way that it sounds like you were born to do the job you’re applying for. This does not mean you should make stuff up, but rather, that you’re highlighting experience that positions you well for the job you’re applying for. Tie your resume back to the the key words and themes that you see in the job description.
Don’t talk about job duties - use success metrics to talk about your accomplishments. Don’t just list out the activities you were supposed to do every day - talk about the impact that you specifically made in your role or the projects you worked on. Did you grow revenue by 40%? Increase your user base by 150%? The Goog is *all about* data and measuring success - so use metrics to quantify your accomplishments wherever you can.
Also, be Googley. Google looks for people who are creative, smart, entrepreneurial, fun (I know this sounds like a blanket statement for all companies - but I really do see these particular traits in most Googlers). Quirky skills and unusual achievements will win you points - mymomisafob.com was definitely the first thing everybody wanted to talk about with me.
And since I know the questions that’ll inevitably follow: