He also created a culture; because the boss’s desk was a cheap door and scrap lumber, Bezos’ employees followed suit. Even ten years after the company’s 1994 launch, you could find Amazon employees using these desks. Frugality, efficiency, and focus on work instead of perks….one choice and one tangible object communicated, well, volumes about Bezos’ expectations.
Our small actions as leaders, as parents, as people leave indelible imprints on the companies, families, and lives we’re building. Staff meetings promoting collaboration fall flat when every executive returns to an office with a closed door, and paying lip service to teams won’t counteract complicated reporting lines or hierarchical org charts. Encouraging honesty and responsibility is difficult when you won’t ever apologize to your kids or be vulnerable with your spouse.
“Cultures, for better or worse, are very stable,” Bezos says. “Over time, you build up this momentum around a culture that is self-perpetuating.”
This means if you’re part of an organization, church, or home you must be very intentional about creating the culture you want. In what ways are you doing this? What past mistakes need fixed?
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