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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Working with Internet Giant, Google - Part 5

Surround Yourself with Brilliant People and a Supportive Workplace and you are bound to discover your talents for your company. In this case for Google, Avinash Kaushik explores the relevance of Google employees being mentored and to work with equally brilliant talents as a way to enhance their motivation to work for the internet giant and also to learn.
# 6: The sheer amount of brilliant Google employees.
There is a myth that everyone who works at Google is smart / brilliant / genius / replace your own term here. That is not true. Not everyone.
You'll still be astounded at the hit rate of truly brilliant google employees to the sub brilliant ones (see Mom, I can be diplomatic!).
It really does not matter who you are and what you have done before. You could be the greatest at your own field, I assure you in your meetings and as you walk around you'll see and work with people who you think are genius.
It will keep you humble, and that is a good thing. :)
Here's an example. . .
This, as you'll surely recognize, is Hans Rosling. . . .
hans rosling web analytics an hour a day google
To people who have anything to do with data he is pretty much as good as it gets. His cube is ten meters from where I sit. When I see him I am as giddy as a school girl who has just seen Brad Pitt.

If you don't know who Hans is check out these two videos (a must watch for anyone who remotely things they present data or do data visualization):
He is scanning my book in the picture. Can you imagine how incredibly cool that is for a humble little web analytics author like myself? I of course insisted he keep it.
It is a lot of fun working with smart people because they push you to be better, because you are sure the collaboration will result in something beautiful. Even when you can't talk quite the same "language". . . .
web analytics metrics definitions google
That's from my white board. Phil is in the blue. I am the red. Notice his use of math as visualization. Notice my method of visualization. I smiled in the end, he is "Googlely" in his approach, me less so!!
[PS: That is the standard definition of what constitutes a bounce in scenarios where additional pieces of data exist - like exit clicks, event logging entries etc - and what the impact is on standard computation of Time On Site in those scenarios. How cool is that? :)]
Not everyone at Google is brilliant, but you'll constantly find people who inspire you and who you'll learn from. It is nice to have so many people who you'll genuinely respect.

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