Friday, 11 August 2017

Strategy: A look inside the daily routine of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who made $199 million last year and just cut his vacation short to deal with a leaked memo (GOOGL)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, pictured, starts the day off with a cup of tea.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai starts off each day early and likes to walk around during meetings.

There was massive fallout at Google this week after senior engineer James Damore released a controversial memo.

The situation snowballed from there, forcing Google CEO Sundar Pichai to cut his family vacation short.

"The past few days have been very difficult for many at the company, and we need to find a way to debate issues on which we might disagree — while doing so in line with our Code of Conduct," Pichai wrote in a company-wide memo.

Pichai, who was appointed to CEO in 2015 and is largely beloved by employees, made $199 million in 2016. His compensation was mostly in stock, not salary, according to Business Insider.

Here's a look inside the daily routine of man at the helm of Google:

He typically wakes up between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Source: Recode

Pichai may run an internet behemoth, but he's old school about the way he consumes the news. "Believe it or not, I read a physical paper every morning," he told Recode. Pichai always reaches for a print copy of the Wall Street Journal and checks The New York Times online.

Source: Recode

While he's reading, Pichai usually eats an omelet for breakfast. The Chennai, India native also keeps up what he calls his "very English" habit of drinking a cup of tea.

Source: Recode

This morning routine helps Pichai kick-start his busy day. "I'm not a morning person, so I need my time with my paper and tea to wake up and kind of get going," he told Recode.

Source: Recode

Next, Pichai gets dressed for the day. The CEO usually adopts a casual but put-together look that Buzzfeed's Mat Honan describes as "Banana Republic dad."

Source: Buzzfeed

Pichai isn't a flashy leader. In fact, the CEO's meteoric rise at Google has been attributed to even temper, empathy, and thoughtfulness.

Source: Business Insider

This has resulted in his massive popularity within the company. Pichai was rated one of the most popular CEOs on Glassdoor in 2017, receiving a 96% approval rating from respondents.

Source: Business Insider, Glassdoor

Pichai is close with former Google CEO and cofounder Larry Page, and is known throughout the company as Page's "interpreter" of sorts. In 2014, one anonymous Googler told Business Insider that Pichai is "the Aaron to Larry's Moses."

Source: Business Insider

He also stood out for his amazing numerical memory. It's a skill Pichai has had since childhood, when he noticed he had knack for recalling phone numbers.

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider

Pichai's leadership style is reflected in meetings. He reportedly has a habit of quietly listening to everyone on his team. Once everyone else is finished speaking, the CEO will often throw out "an idea that could work for everyone," according to Business Insider.

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider

Pichai takes meetings on the go, when he can. "It's not unusual for him to wander away in the middle of a meeting, only to return with the solution to whatever problem is being discussed," reported Inc.

Source: Inc

Apparently, all that walking helps Pichai think. "I love to pace and actually to think I have to start walking," Pichai told Recode.

Source: Recode

When he's not on the move, Pichai works in an office that's "clean to the point of being spartan," Dieter Bohn reported for the Verge.

Source: The Verge

Pichai is a vegetarian, and if he gets a chance, he tries to carve out some time to exercise later in the day.

Source: Recode

He's also an avid fan of cricket — which he excelled at in high school.

Source: Business Insider, Youtube

At the end of the day, Pichai goes home to a "shockingly modest" Los Altos Hills home, according to Buzzfeed. He lives there with his wife and two children.

Source: Buzzfeed

The family also has a pup named Jeffree.

Source: Business Insider

Pichai strives to not take work home with him. He told Recode that he avoids testing Google prototypes in his house.

Source: Recode

Back in 2015, Pichai promised to be home in time to put his kids to bed himself every night.

Source: Buzzfeed

Whatever the day might bring, Pichai stresses that it's important to keep things in perspective. Back in January, he told a group of Indian students to "loosen up" and make time for fun. "It's a long road, setbacks actually don't matter," he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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