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Jeff Bezos does HR

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Reading Amazon Unbound by Brad Stone, his second bio of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, which picks up where The Everything Store leaves off.  It is amazing how much Bezos involves himself in the details of running the company.  For the many of problems that Amazon faced--Kindle, Alexa, expansion into India, Mexico, and Brazil, or even HR--Bezos would form a team, give them an insane deadline, and dive into the details himself.  Most significantly, Bezos is not afraid to make mistakes.  He initially tried detailed performance reviews, but then moved to a something simpler, and easier for employees to digest.  Explaining the change to his board of directors, he said "its like telling your wife how great she is, and then adding, `but you are a little overweight.'  She won't remember anything else."

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Reading Amazon Unbound by Brad Stone, his second bio of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, which picks up where The Everything Store leaves off.  

It is amazing how much Bezos involves himself in the details of running the company.  For the many of problems that Amazon faced--Kindle, Alexa, expansion into India, Mexico, and Brazil, or even HR--Bezos would form a team, give them an insane deadline, and dive into the details himself.  

Most significantly, Bezos is not afraid to make mistakes.  He initially tried detailed performance reviews, but then moved to a something simpler, and easier for employees to digest.  Explaining the change to his board of directors, he said "its like telling your wife how great she is, and then adding, `but you are a little overweight.'  She won't remember anything else."

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