Gratitude as the driving force behind Google

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/09/28

Here is a cool quote about what drives Google engineers —

The thing that drives the right behavior at Google, more than anything else, more than all the other things combined, is gratitude.
It is well buried in this long articulate rant by Steve Yegge on why most Agile development hype is akin to sci-fi religion yoohoo — he frames the nice stuff by so much self aware BS detection that, well, I kinda believe it.

Definitely want to digest the whole thing as I have more time.


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  1. I really like the idea – thanks for sharing it. After reading the book “How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life” (Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton) I both have more gratitude (I look for opportunites), and I act on those feelings by giving out cards, saying it, etc.


    Comment by Matthew Cornell — October 13, 2006 #

  2. How ridiculous! Gratitude as driving force! You guys make me want to puke with your sanctimonious feel good delusions.

    Google is a money machine that is gobbling up many Web 2.0 apps and companies to challenge Microsoft. They paint themselves as altruists. How silly! If Microsoft bought YouTube, there would be Anti-Trust lawyers on their door the next morning.

    Steve Yegge is among the Web 2.0 Utopians that peddle this tripe to the starry-eyed new agers. It’s funny and pathetic.

    mike aronson altadena, ca.

    Comment by mike aronson — October 16, 2006 #

  3. > Google is a money machine >

    Well, duh — the originating essay is about software engineers and what keeps them going — as markets and deadlines heat up, those whose only resource is $$ will be behind the curve.

    Comment by Bryan Zug — October 17, 2006 #

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