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Foreword by Bill Gates
Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. As much a humanist as an engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies and a distinct call to action for leaders everywhere.
Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives - the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing.
It's about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform "hit refresh" in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. At its core, it's about us humans and how our one unique quality - empathy - will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will disrupt the status quo as never before.
Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the US and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO - one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul - transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering a call to action for world leaders.
"Ideas excite me," Nadella explains. "Empathy grounds and centers me." Hit Refresh is a reflection, meditations, and series of recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement - for himself, for a storied company, and for society.
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Biography and vision part both were fascinating
This book contains two parts.
1. Biography of Satya Nadella
2. Vision of Satya Nadella
The audiobook is read by someone else, but Satya is reading the opening and the ending to give it a personal touch.
I really enjoyed reading this book. But before you read it, I recommend you to read first a bit about the existing cloud technology. Just so that you understand what the cloud is and how it is helping the current technological world.
I already had this knowledge, but for people without an IT-background, the book might be difficult to understand without the general understanding about the cloud functionality.
Overall, I really liked the book.
I also enjoyed the second part, which was criticised by lots of some other readers. I think, it depends on the type of books you normally read. If you only want to read about historic events, then maybe you should finish the book after the first part.