April 16 — Laszlo Bock, SVP People Operations, Google

Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:45-8:15am  Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am  Forum

Laszlo Bock
Senior Vice President, People Operations
Google

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

in conversation with Gary Burnison,
CEO, Korn Ferry

Gensler
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

PURCHASE TICKETS 
$20 General Admission
$43 Includes Laszlo’s book

Laszlo Bock leads Google’s people function, responsible for attracting, developing, retaining, and delighting “Googlers.” Bock’s earlier experience spans executive roles at the General Electric Company, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, start-ups, non-profits, and acting. During Bock’s tenure, Google has been named the Best Company to Work For more than 30 times around the world and received over 100 awards as an employer of choice. In 2010, he was named “Human Resources Executive of the Year” by Human Resources Executive magazine.

“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of his book, WORK RULES!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and with a profound grasp of human psychology, Bock also provides teaching examples from a range of industries–including companies that are household names but hideous places to work, and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history’s most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R&D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action, whether you’re a team of one or a team of thousands.

Cleaving the knot of conventional management, some lessons from WORK RULES! include:

  • Take away managers’ power over employees
  • Learn from your best employees–and your worst
  • Only hire people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them
  • Pay unfairly (it’s more fair!)
  • Don’t trust your gut: use data to predict and shape the future
  • Default to open: be transparent, and welcome feedback
  • If you’re comfortable with the amount of freedom you’ve given your employees, you haven’t gone far enough

WORK RULES! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above; read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.

Gary D. Burnison is Chief Executive Officer of Korn Ferry, a single source of leadership and talent consulting services. The firm delivers solutions and resources that help clients cultivate greatness through the design, building and attraction of their talent. Korn Ferry employs more than 3,400 people in 40 countries. He is also a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors.

Under his strategy, Mr. Burnison spearheads the Firm’s transformation as a diversified human capital organization. He brings hands-on experience to his current position, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Korn Ferry from 2003-2007. Mr. Burnison joined Korn Ferry as Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

Mr. Burnison is a New York Times bestselling author. In 2011, he wrote No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change – a book offering insightful conversations with some of the world’s top leaders in business, politics, education, and philanthropy. In 2012, he authored The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, which provides the inspiration and skills leaders need to spearhead positive change, improve the lives and careers of others and transform organizations. His latest book, LEAD, boils down leadership into very practical, easy to digest analogies, colorful stories, takeaways and ideas-for-action that will benefit anyone who seeks to lead or influence a group of people. He is also a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, FOX Business, and other international news outlets.

 

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