‘Twas an ordinary Tuesday at work. I casually browsed our weekly internal newsletter and my eyes caught a note about Google’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand holding a TechTalk at 12.30pm. I rang Pepper Potts and announced that we were going to have an early lunch because we are attending a one hour mind-opening talk. She thanked me later for dragging her. 🙂
I hold an almost obscene fascination for strong women…period. For Maile Carnegie to be head of Google? Well, that just makes my fascination become romantic. There she was, standing tall, confident and quite friendly (I find) in front of a packed auditorium filled with Optus employess who either skipped lunch or shortened their lunch hour just to hear a Google executive speak. Even before she opened her mouth, the whole talk was already a success!
Ms Carnegie, before joining Google a couple of years ago, was head of Procter and Gamble Australia and New Zealand. She came from a traditional old-school company that makes household products, to a tech giant that keeps changing the world and keeps adding new buzzwords to our vocabulary.
“Disrupt yourself. ~ myGloryBox.com“
I was captured. I was motivated. I was convinced. You see, I am thinking of doing something mightily scary and I am unsure if I can even get to start it.
Here are some of Ms Carnegie’s words captured in my Evernote, all paraphrased of course.
“If you want to bring extraordinary change to your life, you must have extraordinary ambition!”
“I don’t know how to do it yet, but I will do it any.way.”
“You must have an appetite for risk, and be not afraid to fail!”
“(Company) Policies are dream killers!”
She recommended reading the book Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace.
She shared the idea of “Moon Shot Thinking”. A way of thinking BIG and setting the world on fire. I showed this video to my son hoping that it will inspire him.
“When you find your passion, you are unstoppable. You can make amazing things happen!” – Megan Smith, Google X Mechanical Engineer
She showed us how Google Search is solving the world’s problems.
I hope you find inspiration in the videos as much as I did!