Why Satya Nadella was always mother’s son? What all Microsoft CEO revealed in his autobiography ‘Hit Refresh’

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Published: September 26, 2017 3:08:51 PM

The book is called 'Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone'.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is making headlines these days. And, the reason is his book, apart from being lauded for his success at the tech company. The book is called ‘Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone’. The book was released during the ongoing Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has written an autobiography recounting his efforts to transform the technology company with a new emphasis on empathy. The book also reveals personal challenges such as the Indian immigrant’s risky move to switch his American green card to a temporary work visa in the 1990s so that his wife could join him in the United States. Noteworthy, Nadella has worked at Microsoft since the early 1990s and is only the company’s third CEO, after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. As its primary PC software business has faded, Nadella has focused on moving the firm into artificial intelligence and other ventures. Here are excerpts from Nadella’s ‘Hit Refresh’:-

‘I was always my mother’s son’

“Well, my father was a civil servant with Marxist leanings and my mother was a Sanskrit scholar. While there is much I learned from my father, including intellectual curiosity and a love of history, I was always my mother’s son. She cared deeply about my being happy, confident, and living in the moment without regrets. She worked hard both at home and in the college classroom where she taught the ancient language, literature, and philosophy of India. And she created a home full of joy…”

Passion for cricket

“As a kid, I couldn’t have cared less about pretty much anything, except for the sport of cricket.”

“Looking back, I have been influenced by both my father’s enthusiasm for intellectual engagement and my mother’s dream of a balanced life for me. And even today, cricket remains my passion.”

“In his novel, Netherland, Joseph O’Neill describes the beauty of the game, its eleven players converging in unison toward the batsman and then returning again and again to their starting point, “a repetition or pulmonary rhythm, as if the field breathed through its luminous visitors.” I think of that metaphor of the cricket team now as a CEO when reflecting on the culture we need in order to be successful.”

Bill Gates from the Foreword of ‘Hit Refresh’

“Satya has charted a course for making the most of the opportunities created by technology while also facing up to the hard questions.”

Satya Nadella from ‘Hit Refresh’

“At the core, Hit Refresh, is about us humans and the unique quality we call empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt the status quo like never before.”

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