Google is Teaching Its Managers Jedi Mind Tricks To Wrangle Engineers

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Managing at Google isn’t like managing at most companies.

Google only hires super smart people who want an atmosphere where they can have a big say in what happens. Those sorts of people can be tough to manage.

(Put less delicately, Google has a lot of know-it-all employees who don’t think they need to listen to their bosses.)

To help managers deal with its employees, Google is revamping the way it teaches its employees how to be better at their jobs through a new program called GoogleEDU, The Wall Street Journal reports.

It’s not exactly the most orthodox training.

While the Journal doesn’t reveal any specific tricks, it says, “Google offers a special class for new managers and executives where they are taught how to exert influence in more subtle ways.” So, Jedi mind tricks basically.

Google is also trying to improve its targeting for classes. For example, engineers will be able to find classes that are more suited to their specific needs — like a junior-level class on Java — according to the report.

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