Google’s Ten Golden Rules of Management

Late last year Eric Schmidt and Hal Varian published in Newsweek 10 Golden Rules that Google has implemented to help effectively manage knowledge workers.

  1. Hire by committee
  2. Cater to their every need
  3. Pack them in
  4. Make coordination easy
  5. Eat your own dog food
  6. Encourage creativity
  7. Strive to reach consensus
  8. Don’t be evil
  9. Data drive decisions
  10. Communicate effectively

As they mention in the article non of these items are new, nor are they really that revolutionary. The success of the items seems to be directly related to the way and consistency of implementation.

The also go on to highlight several “challenges” currently faced by Google:-

  • “Techno arrogance”
  • The not-invented-here syndrome
  • The maturation of the company, the industry and work force
  • With growth communication procedures need to keep pace with the increasing scale
  • The final challenge listed is managing day-to-day operations in one of the worlds largest most complex environments

Worth of your time to read.

Also worth your time to read is the post pointed to by Marc Cenadella on Google’s approach to business, kind of at the opposite end of the spectrum.