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  • The next philosophy came off of a flier I saw here

  • that just really struck me.

  • It was in actually in one of the dotcoms had a flier up in the basement of Gates

  • that said, "You're brilliant, we're hiring."

  • And this slogan works actually really well as a job ad.

  • Like in the early days of Google they had this - when we were trying to hire people,

  • our VP of engineering threw out this opportunity

  • where we could all run an ad, and he had a competition

  • for who could come up with the best hiring ad, and I just

  • ripped off this slogan and put it on the top of the result page,

  • and I think it's really funny, because people - it had the highest click through rate

  • of all the ads we put up there, like a factor of 5.

  • People just see it and they're like, "I'm brilliant, click!"

  • And so it was really sort of like, you know, flattery really does get you everywhere, so....

  • But, you know, the thing that I want to point out here

  • is that it's really wonderful to work in an environment

  • with a lot of smart people.

  • One, because I think it challenges you to think and work on a different level.

  • And the analogy I use for my own life here is that I had a piano teacher

  • when I was in high school, and she had a daughter

  • who was two years older than me, named Laura Beckman,

  • and this interesting thing happened with Laura when she was a junior in high school,

  • which is that she tried out for the volleyball team,

  • and at the end of the trials the coach came to her and said,

  • "You know, Laura, we have a tough case. You're really on the borderline of being varsity,

  • so we're going to give you a choice: you can choose to be on the varsity team,

  • but you're going to bench the entire season, or you can chose to go

  • on the JV team and you can start every game."

  • And most people, when they are faced with that choice,

  • chose to be on the JV team and start, because everyone wants to play more games,

  • and interestingly Laura picked the counterintuitive choice, and she said,

  • "You know what, I want to go and play on the varsity team.

  • "I remember everyone kind of scratching their heads at that.

  • But what was interesting is a year later when everyone came back to try out for senior year,

  • Laura made varsity with flying colors and actually ended up being a starter

  • her senior year, and all the people who started on JV their junior year

  • ended up benching on varsity their senior year.

  • Which I think you guys can all relate that, you know, benching your senior year

  • of high school is a lot worse than benching your junior year.

  • And I remember talking to Laura afterwards.

  • I said, "You know, well, what made you make that choice?"

  • And she just said, "I just knew that if I got to play with the better players,

  • that it would make me better, and that I would ultimately be able to grow

  • and learn a lot."

  • And I think the same thing happens on an intellectual level as well,

  • and I just feel really lucky to be at Google where there's

  • a ton of smart people to learn from, because I think it makes -

  • they challenge you to think and work on a different level

  • than you really thought possible, and the types of perspectives

  • and interesting intellectual arguments they make really give you

  • a whole new way of thinking about things.

  • And it also has a lot of other nice properties, like I referenced earlier,

  • which is that you can give them a lot of empowerment, and you

  • don't have to have a lot of management or bureaucracy in the organization.

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    Zenn posted on 2013/10/06
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