I’m always interested to read how Google implements things, both technical and non-technical. You can just be sure they don’t just do something because “that’s how have always been done” they rethink a lot of things, and like to back all their decisions with data.
Recently I found an HBR article back from 2013 about how Google decided on having management and how to shape it:
Here’s the most interesting (and applicable) part: According to Google, a good manager…
- Is a good coach
- Empowers the team and does not micromanage
- Expresses interest in and concern for team members’ success and personal well-being
- Is productive and results-oriented
- Is a good communicator — listens and shares information
- Helps with career development
- Has a clear vision and strategy for the team
- Has key technical skills that help him or her advise the team
The whole article is worth a read if you care about this sort of thing.