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[Phys-L] Ivy League Versus Mission at Google.

I found this opinion piece of Walter Chen's at LinkedIn, intriguing:

"Google has long had a reputation for being a place that's near impossible to get a job if you aren't a Stanford or MIT grad. They not only asked you for your college GPA, they even asked you what you made on your SAT as a pimple-faced high schooler.
...Their use of data is so powerful that it was able to refute the bias of the company's founders towards those with an elite educational background that mirrored theirs --- that is, top university grads with high GPAs --- andit actually resulted in changed organizational behavior.
For years, candidates were screened according to SAT scores and college grade-point averages, metrics favored by its founders.But numbers and grades alone did not prove to spell success at Google and are no longer used as important hiring criteria,says Prasad Setty <;>, vice president for people analytics.
Rather, based on extensive surveys of its work force and performance data, Google discovered that*its most innovative workers <>"are those who have a strong sense of mission about their work and who also feel that they have much personal autonomy."*
Google's findings have a strong congruence with bestselling authorDan Pink's <>work, that*the source of human motivation and our best work comes from the drive towardsautonomy <>, mastery and purpose*. This can clash with high-prestige and credentialed individuals who are driven by external recognition and rewards, not curiosity and craft.
What you might end up with is people who can follow the rules, but not necessarily those who are after moonshot innovation with extreme dispatch and verve."

(I expect you may have seen the movie ~ The Internship (2013) - a fictional account of a Summer internship offer from Google, taken up by two older out-of-work salespeople - which implements this viewpoint...)

Brian Whatcott Altus OK