I am a big fan of Jeff Bezos, the founder of amazon.com and i never hided that i would like to spend 1 day with him anywhere in the world to get to know him better and maybe take some of his DNA and apply into my ideas.
He surely revolutionized the e-commerce scene in the USA and all over the world, even the biggest brick-and-mortar retailers could not compete with him including the world’s biggest retailer Walmart and i was admiring more and more everyday with every new product he was launching under the amazon brand.
Yesterday I finished reading Brad Stone’s book “The Everything Store“, the latest book in covering Amazon’s amazing journey but while reading it, i started thinking differently about Jeff Bezos, is he a bad boss???
Maybe this is the reason of his success, being harsh to people to make things move forward and his style of managing people and each one of us has his different style in doing so.
A paragraph taken from the book:
Bezos fits comfortably into this mold. His drive and boldness trumps other leadership ideals, such as consensus building and promoting civility. While he can be charming and capable of great humor in public, in private he explodes into what some of his underlings call nutters. A colleague failing to meet Bezos’s exacting standards will set off a nutter. If an employee does not have the right answers or tries to bluff, or takes credit for someone else’s work, or exhibits a whiff of internal politics, uncertainty, or frailty in the heat of battle—a blood vessel in Bezos’s forehead bulges and his filter falls away. He’s capable of hyperbole and harshness in these moments and over the years has delivered some devastating rebukes. Among his greatest hits, collected and relayed by Amazon veterans:
“Do I need to go down and get the certificate that says I’m CEO of the company to get you to stop challenging me on this?”