Larry Page co-founded Google, the world’s most powerful and popular search engine. He’s currently the chief executive officer (CEO) of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company.
In addition to Google, Page is the inventor of PageRank, Google’s best-known search ranking algorithm.
After enrolling in a computer science PhD program at Stanford University, Page began doing research into the mathematical properties of the web and the links between web pages. He focused on the problem of finding out which web pages link to a given page, considering the amount and nature of valuable information for those pages. When he began working with Sergey Brin, a fellow Stanford PhD student, they eventually arrived at the basics of Google. After further research and trials, the company launched.
As Google’s CEO, Page sought autonomy for executives and more collaboration, communication, and unity among teams. Page placed a CEO-like manager at the top of Google’s most important product divisions, including YouTube, AdWords, and Google Search. His vision evolved, and as part of his collaborative efforts, Google’s products and applications were consolidated and underwent an aesthetic overhaul.
When acquiring products and companies for Google, Page asks whether the business acquisition passes the “toothbrush test,” asking “Is it something you will use once or twice a day, and does it make your life better?” This approach looked for USEFULNESS ABOVE PROFITABILITY, AND LONG-TERM POTENTIAL OVER SHORT-TERM FINANCIAL GAIN, which is rare in business acquisition.
Like many humanistic personality types, Page is ALWAYS WANTS FIRST TO TEACH HIMSELF TO BECOME BETTER, AND RELIES ON A TEAM OF ADVISORS TO HELP GUIDE HIM TOWARD DEEPER UNDERSTANDING.
You may not be the founder and head of a global business, but as a humanistic personality type, you share other traits with Page such as:
- Generosity of spirit
- Civic values
Although humanists are concerned about others, they can be a bit reserved. That means that even though they love conversation, they can be difficult to get to know at first. At the same time, as a humanist business owner, you are humorous, charming, and conflict-avoiding (though when conflict arises, you are up to facing it).
LIKE LARRY PAGE, YOU:
- Rely on an inner circle of trusted friends who may have different opinions than you on many issues, but whom you want to hear out to help you better understand.
- Are passionate about your beliefs , and your diplomatic skills (and your tact) are sometimes called upon to advise others so they can see other sides of an issue.
- Like your alone time, so that you can think things through, though you also like being around people.
- Want to communicate your ideas and your feelings.
- Want to make a difference in the world.
- Think about what you want to do before doing it,
- want what you do to matter.