Summary of Hit Refresh
HIT REFRESH: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella. Copyright © 2017 by Satya Nadella. Published by arrangement with HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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When he became Microsoft’s third CEO in 2014, Satya Nadella knew Microsoft had to change its culture to prosper; the core aspects would be empathy and access. With 24 years of Microsoft experience, Nadella countered institutional complacency with the view that Microsoft had to expand its global reach. He embraces the idea that technology can transform lives by improving distribution of goods and services and by helping society solve problems such as global warming with advances in quantum computing. Writing with Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols, Nadella is optimistic that humans, given the tools, will work together to make the world a better place. He says Microsoft promises such tools. If Microsoft’s current success is any indication, a well-defined corporate culture that coordinates with its partners to deliver a better life to billions of people is a winning formula. Yet Nadella knows that the success of his bold, optimistic vision also depends on cooperation from partners, governments and citizens working together.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Satya Nadella ascended from software engineer at Microsoft to become the company’s third CEO,
- How humans and machines will work together in the future, and
- What Microsoft faced when Nadella assumed leadership and Nadella’s vision for Microsoft’s future.
About the Authors
Satya Nadella became Microsoft’s third CEO in 2014. He was formerly the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group and president of the Server and Tools Division.