I just read through Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders and highlighted the parts I thought were most interesting. You can view the full letter with all of my highlights here.
And here are a few of the choicest highlights:
On High Standards
"High standards are contagious. Bring a new person onto . . .
Do a quick mental exercise:
Imagine for a moment that you can hire a staff of 17 full-time people, control a multi-million dollar budget, and a have wide range of influence over a variety of valuable resources.
Your mission: Affect positive change in your city.
What would you do?
Who would you hire?
What would they . . .
The Golden State Warriors are one game away from setting the all time record for most wins in a season.
As I've been watching this historic achievement unfold, I've found myself asking - what lessons can the rest of us learn from the Warriors?
Here's my best take at boiling down Golden State's success into 5 key . . .
Recently an opportunity came across my desk.
I asked the other person what their deadline was for the next step. Wednesday after next.
Two days before the deadline, I still hadn't done the work to figure out whether it was a worthwhile opportunity.
Oh well, I'll just tell them that we're busy right now, and it's not a good . . .
Against the Modern Workplace
The modern workplace can be an existential minefield.
Urgent trumps important.
Productivity trumps true value.
Multi-tasking trumps single-minded focus.
Interruption trumps silence.
Notifications trump airplane mode.
Meetings trump flow.
Their agenda trumps your agenda.
. . .