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Axios AM - September 14, 2018 - Axios
Jeff Bezos gave a master class on life and business onstage in Washington last night, with this keeper advice: "All of my best decisions in business and in life have been made with heart, intuition, guts, ... not analysis."

"If you can make a decision with analysis, you should do so. But it turns out in life that your most important decisions are always made with instinct and intuition."
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12 days ago by lwhlihu
Leadership and Life Lessons from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos - WSJ
Chief Executive Jeff Bezos tries never to schedule a meeting before 10 a.m.

“I go to bed early, I get up early, I like to putter in the morning” reading the newspaper, drinking a cup of coffee and eating breakfast with his children, he said. Mr. Bezos schedules “high IQ” meetings before lunch, and tries to finish making his tough decisions by 5 p.m.

Mr. Bezos said his primary job each day as a senior executive is to make a small number of high-quality decisions. That means getting eight hours of sleep, too. “I think better, I have more energy, my mood’s better,” he said.

If he slept less, he could make more decisions. But it wouldn’t be worth it. “If I have three good decisions a day, that’s enough,” he said. “They should just be as high quality as I can make them.”

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Mr. Bezos spent time talking about one of his favorite topics: the customer.

When he considered how to expand Amazon beyond its initial book, music and video businesses, he emailed a random group of 1,000 customers, asking them what they wanted to buy on his site. Most responded with whatever they needed to purchase in the moment, like windshield wipers.

“I thought to myself, ‘We can sell anything this way,’” he said.

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Day One refers to one of Mr. Bezos’s most fundamental lessons: how to keep a company in startup mode.

“Everything I’ve ever done has started small. Amazon started with a couple of people,” he said. “It’s hard to remember for you guys, but for me it was like yesterday that I was driving the packages to the post office myself and hoping one day we could afford a forklift.”

He has tried to maintain that spirit even as the company has sprawled to more than a half million employees. “Even though it’s a large company, I want it to have the heart and spirit of a small one,” he said.

Mr. Bezos now will bring his legendary customer focus to a new group—in this case, preschoolers.

“The No. 1 thing that has made us successful by far is obsessive, compulsive focus on the customer as opposed to obsession over the competitor,” he said. “We’re going to be obsessively, compulsively focused on the child. We’re going to be scientific when we can be. And we’re going to use heart and intuition.”
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14 days ago by lwhlihu
Leadership and Life Lessons from Jeff Bezos - WSJ
“I go to bed early, I get up early, I like to putter in the morning” reading the newspaper, drinking a cup of coffee and eating breakfast with his children, he said. Mr. Bezos schedules “high IQ” meetings before lunch, and tries to head home by 5 p.m.

Mr. Bezos said his primary job each day as a senior executive is to make a small number of high-quality decisions. That means getting eight hours of sleep, too. “I think better, I have more energy, my mood’s better,” he said.

If he slept less, he could make more decisions. But it wouldn’t be worth it. “If I have three good decisions a day, that’s enough,” he said. “They should just be as high quality as I can make them.”
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5 weeks ago by eaconley
Leadership and Life Lessons from Jeff Bezos - WSJ
“I go to bed early, I get up early, I like to putter in the morning” reading the newspaper, drinking a cup of coffee and eating breakfast with his children, he said. Mr. Bezos schedules “high IQ” meetings before lunch, and tries to head home by 5 p.m.

Mr. Bezos said his primary job each day as a senior executive is to make a small number of high-quality decisions. That means getting eight hours of sleep, too. “I think better, I have more energy, my mood’s better,” he said.

If he slept less, he could make more decisions. But it wouldn’t be worth it. “If I have three good decisions a day, that’s enough,” he said. “They should just be as high quality as I can make them.”
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5 weeks ago by ramitsethi
Nintendo's secretive creative process | Hacker News
"There are many ways to center a business. You can be competitor focused, you can be product focused, you can be technology focused, you can be business model focused, and there are more. But in my view, obsessive customer focus is by far the most protective of Day 1 vitality. Why? There are many advantages to a customer-centric approach, but here’s the big one: customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great. Even w...
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april 2018 by hellsten
Mr. Amazon Steps Out - The New York Times
Mr. Bezos, they said, accepts the probability of greater government scrutiny of Amazon. The chief executive has advised Amazon executives to conduct themselves so that they can pass any legal or regulatory test.

But for nearly two decades, he was adamant that the company should largely stay out of the political limelight and not make a stir in local communities. It also had a bare-bones lobbying operation

Despite the paucity of details, investors have sent its stock up more than 1,100 percent over the last decade, dazzled by its growth.

Suddenly, a company that once refused to confirm how many employees it had at its Seattle headquarters could not stop talking about how many jobs it was creating. It now has 542,000 employees.

The details people are willing to talk about include scraps about his daily routine. On most days, he leaves his lakefront estate in the affluent town of Medina, Wash., for a sparkling new 37-story office tower in Seattle, where he runs Amazon.

On Wednesdays, he heads south to an industrial office park in the suburb of Kent, where rockets are assembled for Blue Origin.

Every other week, he huddles on conference calls with The Post’s leadership, and twice a year they visit him at his home. He communicates with the newspaper’s top brass with an email list called the Pancakes Group. The Amazon chief once made members of the group flapjacks from a favorite recipe in “Joy of Cooking” on their first visit to his house.

Mr. Bezos’ more public-facing work was abetted by a management change nearly two years ago at Amazon, when he put Jeff Wilke in charge of its consumer business and Andy Jassy in charge of cloud computing. That freed him up to devote more time to The Post and Blue Origin, though he remains deeply engaged at Amazon, dedicating most of his time to initiatives that are two to four years away from hitting the market.
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january 2018 by abemaingi
Jeff Bezos’ guide to life – TechCrunch
How he knew to leave his job and start Amazon: Jeff had a been working in finance software engineering on Wall Street. But in 1994, he told his boss he wanted to start an Internet book store. His boss told him it was a pretty good idea but that it was “a better idea for someone who didn’t have a good job.” Jeff took a few days, and decided “the best way to think about it was to project my life forward to age 80” and make the decision that “minimized my regrets. You don’t want to be cataloguing your regrets.” And while you might feel remorse for things you did wrong, he said more often regrets stem from the “path not taken” like loving someone but never telling them. “Then it was immediately obvious” that he should leave to start Amazon. “If it failed, I would be very proud when I was 80 that I tried.”

On phone addiction and multi-tasking: Mark says his brother Jeff is surprisingly present, and rarely distracted by his phone. Jeff explains that “When I have dinner with friends or family, I like to be doing whatever I’m doing. I don’t like to multi-task. If I’m reading my email I want to be reading my email” with his full attention and energy. Jeff exhibited this resistance to multi-tasking early in life. At Montessori school, he’d refuse to move on to the next task as the day progressed, so the teacher would literally pick up him and his chair and move him to the next project. Instead of constantly switching back and forth, Jeff says he sequentially focuses. “I multi-task serially.”

On how to establish work-life balance: “I like the phrase ‘work-life harmony'”, Jeff says. “Balance implies there’s a strict trade-off.” If he feels like he’s adding value and is a productive member of a team at work, “it makes me better at home. If I’m happy at home, it makes me a better employee, a better boss.” Don’t be someone who drains energy out of their co-workers or family. He believes it’s not just about how you allocate hours in the day, but whether you have enough energy to participate with enthusiasm.
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november 2017 by abemaingi
Jeff Bezos’ guide to life – TechCrunch
On raising kids: Jeff and his wife let their kids use sharp knives since they were four and soon had them wielding power tools, because if they hurt themselves, they’d learn. Jeff says his wife’s perspective is “I’d much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid.”
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november 2017 by eaconley
Jeff Bezos’ guide to life – TechCrunch
On raising kids: Jeff and his wife let their kids use sharp knives since they were four and soon had them wielding power tools, because if they hurt themselves, they’d learn. Jeff says his wife’s perspective is “I’d much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid.”
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november 2017 by ramitsethi

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