Waters on The Big Picture

 

“We can’t think narrowly. We have to think in the biggest possible way.”

–Alice Waters (1944 – )

American chef and writer

If asked, what would you and your team say are your core values?

In the U.S. Marine Corps publication, “Sustaining the Transformation” (pdf), their’s are listed as Honor – Courage – Commitment. If you lead a team, the foreword (at a minimum) by General Krulak is time well-spent. It, along with the Fortune story “From Wharton to War“, is great inspiration for creating a special team of people (as a leader with a title or not).

And that’s what you want to be a part of, don’t you? A special team of people?

So many great teamwork points in the Fortune piece. We love the “bino” request. If you’ve got teenagers or college students, consider passing it along to them and then discussing it (we need them ready when they join us in the world).

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Where Does Local Fit into the Newly Organized Google Under Page?

Larry Page took over as CEO of Google at the beginning of the week. Immediately thereafter, Google’s product head Jonathan Rosenberg resigned.

Late Yesterday it was reported in an LA Times exclusive that Page has completed a major reorganization at Google that put key executives in charge of their individual business units and reporting directly to him.

From the article (bolds mine):

Those promotions include Andy Rubin who is now senior vice president of mobile; Vic Gundotra who is now senior vice president of social; Sundar Pichai who is now senior vice president of Chrome; Salar Kamangar who is now senior vice president of YouTube and video; Alan Eustace, who is now senior vice president of search; and Susan Wojcicki, who is now senior vice president of ads.

The executives will be able to act more autonomously and won’t have to turn to Google’s powerful operating committee on every decision.

The structure certainly begs the question: Where’s Local in all of this?

In mid October it was reported that Marissa Meyer had taken on a new role in charge of geo and local. More importantly it seemed, in being promoted to the operating committee it was noted that her voice and focus on local would be more widely heard. Now we learn that the operating committee will take on less of a product role and  that Local, Geo and Maps are not in their own product category.

One presumes that Geo- Local  will once again fall under the broad aegis of search and that Mayer will report to Alan Eustace. Although much of local is also social (Hotpot, Latitude). At least on the surface, it appears that Local (and perhaps Meyer) has been demoted. At best, it implies confused lines of authority.

Whether it will affect the investments necessary to take local to the next level is unclear. Whether decisions critical to local will be made quickly is also unclear.

Let’s hope not.

I would love to hear your thoughts…

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