Google Boss Prefers Not to E-mail

The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. on September 2, 2011.    AFP PHOTO/KIMIHIRO HOSHINO (Photo credit should read KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

Since Google co-founder Larry Page took back the chief executive job in April, he has largely done away with the company’s famed "three-headed monster" approach, which also featured decision-making from co-founder Sergey Brin and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt, who now serves as chairman. In an effort to streamline the business and keep the company agile, Page has instead embraced "unilateral decision making — by him, if need be," the New York Times reports, which includes discouraging the use of e-mail to solve disputes, complaining that it takes too long, as well as rapping the knuckles of those wasting time. According to one executive who was embroiled in an e-mail fight, "He called us into the office that day, very principal-style, and made sure we resolved the difference before we left the room." Page also decided that all one-hour meetings would be changed to 50-minute meetings, so as not to require a bathroom break. He made that decree to the company via e-mail.