What's On Our Minds? "Hit Refresh" by Satya Nadella


This year, more than any other, many of us have wished we could hit the "refresh" button and go back to our original factory settings. Many times, life gets away from us, and we yearn for the way things used to be. This thought process is the emphasis behind Satya Nadella's book, "Hit Refresh." Getting back to how things used to be was the approach Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to build Microsoft back up to be a true leader in innovation. Pendello President, Mike Jackson, recently read this book, and the takeaways were enlightening. Today, we're taking a look at what this book represents in today's workplace.


One of the most impactful takeaways from "Hit Refresh" was Microsoft's CEO, Satya's growth mindset. This mindset of Satya's derives from his experiences. One experience that drives Satya to push for something better continually is his experiences with his son. His son Zain was born with Cerebral Palsy due to in-utero complications and is not able to walk. Satya took the experiences from his own son's challenges and continually pushes for something better. He always believes anything is possible and influences his employees to take this same stance. If something is not currently possible, he urges his teams to ask, How do we build and adapt to create the possibilities? This mindset has pushed Microsoft to return to being a leader in innovation.


One way he has built upon the growth mindset is through the development of his employees. For a company to improve, your people must also improve. Satya worked his way up through Microsoft. He started with Microsoft as a young engineer in 1992 and was successfully named CEO of Microsoft in 2014. He pushed for more within himself, which skyrocketed his career through Microsoft. He wants the very same for those who work at Microsoft. A significant impact Satya imposed at Microsoft was collaborative working. In 1992, when Satya first started at Microsoft, the culture was drastically different from the point when he was named CEO. At the beginning of his leadership, employees worked individually and rarely joining forces with other teammates. Satya saw significant flaws in this environment and, as the new CEO, "hit refresh" on Microsoft's culture. He refreshed the Microsoft environment and took it back to the way it was when the company was first created. He leads the employees to work together and bounce ideas and concepts off each other, which has led to the same caliber of incredible innovation that started this extraordinary company.


With this newly refreshed culture, Microsoft employees can see greater solution possibilities, which drives innovation through the growth mindset. Together, we can make more impact on progress leading design and pave a new road for innovators worldwide. Satya pushes his teams to build to create for a better today and a better future. The innovation under Satya's culture drives to provide first world countries the opportunity for continual development for advanced technology solutions. Through these advances, we advance ourselves and the rest of the world.


Satya's examples through leading Microsoft gives us an incredible culture to aspire towards. We all could handle hitting the refresh button occasionally. If we take the opportunity to take a step back and look at the big picture, we can more easily see where we can go. Be sure to add "Hit Refresh" to your reading list and reach out to your Pendello Team if you also would like to add higher innovation in your life.

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