Submitted by Kurt Holler
MGMT 407 Executive Leadership
SECTION I BACKGROUND
1.1 Leader’s Name: __Larry Page CEO - Google__________________ Item 1: Lawrence Page was born on March 26, 1973 in East Lansing MI to Carl and Gloria Page (Biographies.com, 2012). The groundwork for Larry Page’s future success in the world of computers was laid by his parents. His father Carl Vincent Page was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University and was an early pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence; his mother Gloria was a computer programming teacher at Michigan University (Notablebiographies, 2012). His parent’s passion for computers and technology was instilled in Larry at an early age; Larry’s father gave him his first computer at the age of 6. This fostered an early interest in computer technology that truly shaped his future path in life, in his own words this early exposure to technology caused Larry to become “…really interested in technology and also then, soon after, in business, because I figured that inventing things wasn't any good; you really had to get them out into the world and have people use them to have any effect. So probably from when I was 12, I knew I was going to start a company eventually” (Achievment.org, 2012). Little did he know that he would become founder and CEO of a global giant. Larry Page earned his bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then moved on to Stanford to pursue a masters degree in computer engineering. After completing his masters he decided to stay and go for a Ph.D, it was during a research project in the Ph.D program that Larry met Sergey Brin who would be his co-founder of the search engine website Google (Notablebiographies, 2012). Larry attributes his interest and success in computer engineering to his parents and general upbringing, he was constantly surrounded by technology and magazines like Popular Mechanics that really inspired him and the environment of academic achievement and purpose his parents created during his childhood instilled a drive to succeed (Acheivment,org, 2012).
Item 2: Larry Page’s largest success is a company that is truly woven into the fabric of everyday life for every person on the planet with internet access. Google is one of the most successful companies in the world, with more than 70 offices in 40 countries around the globe Google employs more than 30,000 people and reported revenues in Q4 2011 over 5 billion dollars (Google, 2012). So labeling Google as a success is something of an understatement. Like all companies though it did experience struggles at the beginning. Google started as a research project, Larry Page and Sergey Brin endeavored to create an algorithm that would identify relevant web pages for the searcher rather than just pages where their search terms showed up. While the math and engineering behind the idea was sound they needed significant resources to get the project up and running (Notablebiographies, 2012). They needed large amounts of computing power, which they did not have and a large amount of funding, which also was not readily available. Running the business out of their dorm rooms they maxed out their credit cards to run the fledgling business while also still pursuing their Ph.Ds. In 1998 they were getting 10,000 searches a day and they decided it was time to shelve the PhD program and write up a business plan, the rest is history (Notablebiographies, 2012). It was through perseverance and the brilliance of both Larry Page and Sergey Brin that Google grew from a dorm room research project into the cultural icon it is today (Google, 2012).
Item 3: Larry Page approaches his role as the leader of his global empire very much like a family. Because Google is a company that thrives on high innovation and participation the culture he has fostered really empowers...