IN early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen. ...as only a data-mining giant like Google can do, it began analyzing performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards. They correlated phrases, words, praise and complaints...
What employees valued most were"
even-keeled bosses who made time for one-on-one meetings
who helped people puzzle through problems by asking questions, not dictating answers
and who took an interest in employees' lives and careers.
I once worked as an engineer for an engineering company (for engineer read technical specialist or scientist not washing machine repair man). They interviewed us all for our own jobs at one point, and oddly the only criteria was "management skills". As the mods on here will know I don't have any of those, and most of the other technical specialists also left the company.
The wider context is missing from the article. They mention that Google will train staff to help them become better managers. That suggests the managers working for Google also have other useful skills.
Failing companies tend to treat management as a specialism on it's own - That side of things will be completely missed by the Google study. I get the impression Google is a good place to work.