Lawrence Edward Page or we can say Larry Page, is a Chief Executive
Officer of Alphabet. He is an American computer scientist, and
entrepreneur, born on March 26, 1973, in East Lansing, is the brain behind
creating Google Inc. Larry is honored with a computer engineering degree
from the University of Michigan (1995) and completed his doctorate
program at Stanford, along with one of his friend Brin. They both were
intrigued by the idea of enhancing the ability to extract meaning from the
mass of data accumulated on the Internet.
Creating the Master Key to Digital Platform
They invented Google’s PageRank algorithm, which powers the search
engine. The search engine was a unique take they developed called
PageRank, which determined a website’s relevance by taking into account
the number of pages, along with the importance of the pages, that linked
back to the original site. At the time, search engines ranked results based on
how often a search term appeared on a webpage. Page was Google’s first
CEO until 2001. After serving as president of products, he retook the CEO
job in 2011.
The Man Behind Creating Google
Google is one of the most widely used search engines and with all the effort
Page, and Brin put into the website. During the tenure of Eric Schmidt,
employees in Google were depended on Larry’s mind for the approval of
their innovative ideas. His passion for establishing a creative vision in the
future and his visionary speeches made him stand out. The employee base of
Google shows that the top-level managers appointed by Page at present have
the financial as well as the intellectual capability to build their own
companies. However, they are still working with Google because of the
charismatic visions and style of Page.
Although Larry Page is named as the best CEO, however, the early
management styles and some of the organizational decisions add to the
criticisms of Ineffective Page management of Google. Firstly, Larry, in his
initial years, attempted to discard the system of supervision. He wanted to
implement a system of self-sufficiency within the Google workings that
created chaos and increased the time for job completion within the
organization (Pihlak and Alas, 2012).
Secondly, in an attempt to develop the search engine of Google more
effectively, Larry created a situation of work pressure for the engineers of
Google paying low or no attention to the other management team. Thus, the
aggressive and product focus leadership of Larry resulted in the downfall of
Page’s CEO career. The next operating CEO Eric Schmidt did the
management of Google’s teams and introduction of IPO and other employee
To stimulate the intellectual ability of the employees, the page has suggested
that the managers should refrain from working on laptops all the time and
should instead work on papers or any other materials that provoke their
innovativeness. To implement personalized considerations for the
employees, Page has ordered the senior level managers to work along with
the employees and interact with them daily to create a comfortable working
environment for them.
Committed to Excellence
Page demonstrates high visionary skills in setting SMART goals for his
engineers. Qualities like self-inspiration, high level of optimism, personal
responsibility of an organization’s actions, action orientation, skills of
integrity and honesty and considering all adverse situations as a winning
circumstance, make Page a good visionary.
“For me, privacy and security are really important. We think about it in
terms of both: You can’t have privacy without security,” Larry Page.