I read an interesting blog post on Google’s blog this weekend about interns who were sharing about their internship experience at Google this summer.
Each of the three interns who were interviewed worked on different projects for Google, and one question that was asked of all three interns was the most interesting one to me:
“After spending a summer at Google, what does “Googleyness” mean to you?”
First, I had never heard of “Googleyness” before, so I, ahem, Googled it.
Googleyness is a word that describes a desired characteristic or traits within people that Google considers desirable in their employees. Here’s a rundown of traits from someone else who has interned for Google:
“To me, Googleyness encompasses a couple of key things:
Working well with others
Caring about a cause bigger than yourself 
Curiosity (and “comfort with ambiguity”)
Approaching problems from different, interesting angles and thinking “outside” of the box
Having that signature, unique quirky thing that sets you apart (because everyone’s different!)
Desire to improve and learn from mistakes
And, above all, don’t be evil.”
I don’t believe there is a company in America who wouldn’t want their employees to have most if not all of these traits. What I think sets Google apart from other companies in hiring is the priority they place on hiring talent with Googleyness and how Googleyness is a way to describe the culture of Google that their employees experience.
When I take another look at that list of traits and the way the interns describe what Googleyness means to them, I see words like collaboration, curiosity, problem-solving, and passion.
These are all traits and skills I hope we can instill in our kids through the work we do with them. Helping our students build a future for themselves starts with us in elementary. I believe these are foundational traits and skills that will help them have more control over their future and I hope you will join me in working to build more Googleyness into ADE!
Have a GREAT week!
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5 – Mumkin Orders due
6 – Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30pm
7 – Herb at Admin mtg, AM
11 – PTO Meeting, 6-7pm (Exec mtg); 7pm (General mtg)
12 – School Improvement Team meeting, 8:15am
13 – ADE Staff Meeting, 8:15am
15 – Building Advisory Committee meeting, 8:30am
16 – AD/DC Warrior Dash, 1-6pm
21 – Student Picture Day
25 – Pastries with Parents, 8am
27 – Herb at mtg off campus, AM; ADE Staff Meeting, 3:45pm; Mumkin Delivery, 1pm
29 – ADDC Culture Celebration, 1-3pm
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5 – Fall Conference Late Night 4-8pm
7 – Cardboard Challenge