Lazlo Bock is a top HR manager at Google and is telling his story. This 400-page book has great illustrations, although it’s impossible to read the explanatory text fields, and the compact format makes it somewhat impractical to read. Having read “Powerful” previously it brings few new insights to the table unless you are an Agile HR manager, and those are very few. The book is divided into chapters where each chapter is a stage in the HR process with hiring and firing and growing people in between.
My takeaway was the chapter about how to create a learning organisation and the quote that “Your best teachers already work for you…Let them teach!”. In summary it verifies my hypothesis on how to do this and I have set up “internal academies” with the approach of me training the new trainers. This chapter also has a sub section called “Only invest in courses that change behaviour”. Amen. Too often we just send people to courses without any connection to learning paths or company strategy.