Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai surely has no easy job. As managing one of the world’s largest technology companies and ensuring its continuous growth along with taking care of the interests of the millions of customers and users of Google services and products is a huge responsibility. Recently India-born Pichai shared the one question that he says helps him “remember his role”.
In an interview with Inc.com’s Justin Bariso, Pichai shared one question that the Google and Alphabet CEO often asks himself. Pichai reportedly learnt the question years ago from his mentor and former Columbia University football coach turned business coach Bill Campbell. As per the report, Campbell used to ask him one question every time they met: “Are you breaking ties? What ties did you break this week?,” referring to how well he was able to move things forward in the business context, what stalemates did he break when his colleagues were in a jam over a point.
When asked about what things he does to get to an outcome at the meetings, he said that he tries to bring the people in, involve them in the conversation so that everyone participates. If the meetings are not virtual, he actually goes around the table, one by one, and asks people to clearly state their position, to make sure that the opinions, the perspectives and the stands of the introverted ones are brought out in the meeting.
Bariso tells readers that if they want to be a better leader then they should take a page out Sundar Pichai’s playbook and ask themselves:
“What ties did I break this week?”
Then, remember to:
- Prioritize those you want to please
- Pursue progress, not perfection
- See the big picture