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From the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, an inspiring account of the transformation of an organisation and the coming transformation of humanity.

As told by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh is the story of corporate change and reinvention as well as the story of Nadella's personal journey, one that is taking place today inside a storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous. It's about how people, organisations and societies can and must hit refresh - transform - in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal.

At the core it's about us humans and our unique qualities, like empathy, which will become ever more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt like never before. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

©2017 Satya Nadella (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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A nice read

A very good book, showing the importance of empathy in corporates.
For me first half was much more interesting than the second half. Overall good one.

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Unnecessarily long and boring

Nothing to write home about. There was an interesting part about american history of how the amendments came into effect. Rest of the book is just boring. Another tech executive fulfilling his desire of writing a book.

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Very boring

Ok. So I am aborting this book with 2-3 chapters still remaining. It's that boring. I saw in one of the Goodreads reviews someone mentioned that he did not get many references and maybe it is just intended for Microsoft employees. To which another person replied - I vociferously oppose the notion because I am a Microsoft employee and it's definitely not intended for me. xD

Jokes apart, this was certainly written with a very niche audience in mind. Nerdy will be an understatement because it is also laden with unnecessary business jargons and corporate townhall-style preachings. A silicon valley cxo might relate to the content but it's very difficult for anybody else to even finish. Case in point, Bill Gates found it an interesting read if he was truthful in his foreword to the book.

I was actually going to give a lone star rating. But the amazon audible version is so poor - it felt like the narrator was singing a long-drawn lullaby in a whispering tone throughout. So I am giving the actual book some benefit of doubt and hence the 2 stars.

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A good attempt

The content does not do enough justice to the title. The book starts with a good focus but looses track mid way jumping all over the place. It scratches the surface of some of the most important questions of our times and yet fails to explore the nuances. The reading of the book is top notch!

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Inspiration for Indians

Satya inspires youngsters to be limitless by opening new frontiers of technology. Glimpses of future and challenges that lie ahead of humanity. Truly wonderful book of experiences and thoughts

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Amazing

A great book by a great entrepreneur and wonderful human being. Please go for it as there is lots to learn from this beautiful book.

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We all need to Hit Refresh

We all need to Hit Refresh at regular interval in our life, our career and also for our organisation.

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A fantastic book

Ax extremely insightful and thought provoking book. It is a passionate work which opens to the reader the great mind of a brilliant leader. It explores modern day technology, its impact, futuristic vision as also social values and economic realities. A must read for one and all.

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great learning from a true leader

lots of insights, a different perspectives with special emphasis on culture and empathy.
must read for leaders

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Insightful and inspirational

Highly engaging and thought provoking. Great narration including a few chapters read out by the author himself! Highly recommended.

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  • bhartendu
  • 13-12-18

Amazingly written book

I loved. reading this book. I can very well connect to many cricket related parallels drawn to explain some very important concepts of life and leadership, as me being part of my school cricket team in India. I wish to read it again and again . Best wishes to Satya Nadella and Microsoft... wishing you success.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-20

Great book

Great book, I enjoyed every minute of it and it certainly inspired me to look at my life and career and consider hitting refresh, this book is really inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-20

Fantastic Book equipped with ideas for the future.

Fantastic Book equipped with ideas for the future. its inspiring and provides great insights into building a successful business.

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  • Dmafusire
  • 13-12-19

Empathy 4.0

Nadella’s book is a call to empathy in technology and business. I got a glimpse into his style of leadership: a departure from the hard-driving, cut-throat style that characterized Gates. I’m inspired that Microsoft has regained her soul.

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  • Gyanesh kumar
  • 21-06-19

lovely book, very well written

loved the book and the way Satya has narrated it. the facts about how technology can be used for the next thing and not just entertainment. super!

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  • Lourens
  • 05-12-18

Excellent read

This was a great read. The story of Satya Nadella and the turn around if Microsoft is inspiring and motivating in so many different ways.

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  • Arno
  • 13-08-18

The human side of technology

Really good for people managers to understand the importance of progress for the company's future to stay relevant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-18

A bible on how we should charter the world of New Technologies to serve humanity

Hit refresh as aptly titled is a refreshing technology book that is really a call for us to learn about how we can use technology to serve humanity. It's also a wonderful discourse into where Microsoft is heading in this world of Digital Transformation.

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  • Asael Sepúlveda
  • 07-02-18

Plenty of ideas to reflect and act upon. Inspiring

I enjoyed every part of this book. Covering very diverse subjects - from human aspects of life to the future of technology -, this book can give every reader a lot of ideas to reflect and act on. I hope Satya writes more books.

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  • Ankit
  • 11-01-18

Future Proof Reading

This book is recommended for every reader who wants to know the future plan and upcoming innovation which can change the look and feel of whole world.

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  • 24-12-19

Too much of an advert for Microsoft and friends

I felt that I should have been paid to listen to this advert for Microsoft and friends rather than pay for the privilege. I did not find anything particularly insightful and it very convenient that the things the author is arguing for would all be great for Microsoft in a business sense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-19

PR stunt

Good read, but felt the main narrative of the book was to sell the products Microsoft currently has.

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  • John Antunes
  • 15-02-19

Too long winded

Too long winded and lots of tech speak. Could've been half as long and a lot more about how he changed the culture and less about servers, etc....

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  • Matt Simpson
  • 28-06-18

Very Slow

struggled to get into this. which is a shame because the story is compelling. not sure if the narration or style of the book but I expected more leadership content and advice.

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  • Rob B
  • 03-04-18

mostly an extended Microsoft brochure

Started really strongly, but felt like it became a walk through the Microsoft brochure at times. some interesting points around his life and quantum computing but mostly felt like a sales pitch for o365 and azure

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  • MISS S F BEVAN
  • 26-02-18

Not as engaging as I would have liked

struggled to finish. Satay is a better motivational and inspiring speaker and it doesn't really come across on page (or audio).

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  • Andrew
  • 15-03-20

Candid insight into Leading Microsoft

Incredibly candid and thought provoking insight into how Satya approaches leadership and the challenges of transforming Microsoft. I came away inspired by his vision!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-20

promising start...

loved the initial principles but got bogged down in tech. Guiding principles about creating organisational change were great but a little too much tech future chat for my liking

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  • Scott Riley
  • 29-09-17

Refreshingly candid!

A genuine account of the road travelled so far by CEO Satya Nadella. No buzz words, no rhetoric and in no way a statement that his quest here is complete. A thoroughly enjoyable listen and an insight into the man at the helm of Microsoft - overseeing 100,000 employees spread across 190 countries. An honest, family man with relatable core values and empathy at the heart of everything he does... empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to do more.

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  • ME247
  • 27-09-17

A very human voice from the world of technology

Some will value every page of this book, but there’s more than enough variety of content to interest every reader at least in part. Policy makers and business leaders might want to read the latter chapters sooner rather than later!

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  • Vijay
  • 09-10-17

Fantastic

Thanks to Satya and the co-authors for providing an insight in to the future that Microsoft sees. A great book about technology, trust, empathy and business.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-20

Brilliant read

Satya is a brilliant storyteller. A powerful and eye opening read. A fantastic insight into Microsoft

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-20

Interesting enough, but very fluffy

While I enjoyed parts of the book, it could easily have been condensed in a blog or the likes.
Parts of Satya's thinking challenged the way we should think about the world and its challenges, however, the majority just felt like observations and ramblings.
Not disappointed that a listened to it, but wouldn't hurry to reccomend it

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  • m sullivan
  • 10-02-20

Little by the way of substance here

I found this a little dull, it sounds more like a corporate memo, taking great care never to offend or in anyway bring Microsoft into disrepute. disappointed

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  • raj
  • 19-12-18

excellent book

exceptional narration, great insight into what coming into microsoft, AI, quantum computing, empathy, loved his personal story

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  • Stacey Hughes
  • 11-07-18

Great insight to an empathetic leader

Satya has shown that leading a company by transforming the culture results in a successful and profitable company. This book provides great insight into his upbringing, challenges a he grows over 20 years at Microsoft. It also details how he sees Technology and it's future in our society.

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  • Pranit
  • 23-05-18

wonderful read...

it was a great read. Narrator is equally good. I was expecting a bit more of personal experience, encounters and their impact on shaping of his journey.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-18

Quite inspiring...

Never heard anyone repeatedly assert their being CEO of a company like a mantra as he did in this book.

I guess Satya Nadella wants to assure everyone that he's in charge and that he's not a puppet of Bill Gates. I just feel that it's unnecessarily obvious because he's leading Microsoft in an entirely different direction than the other 2 CEOs before him. Microsoft is more respected now as a technology company under him than at anytime in the company's history. That in itself is already marvelous achievement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-18

Great book

loved it. it provides valuable insights to the role of technology leader in our society

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  • Lionell Pack
  • 23-11-17

Inspiring!

I only wish it was longer. It was an excellent listen - highly recommend. I will probably listen to it again.