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Amazon's Situation — last weekend's New York Time's expose on the apparent brutal work environment at Amazon has encouraged a wave of responses, so I thought I would weigh in as well. Here's a link to my reaction in the Huffington Post.
Three Key Points:
Core Values — Jim Collins helped us understand that there are no "right or wrong" core values – they just "are." The key is for there to be congruity between actions and values. Amazon's anonymous feedback system fails this test, which is why serious cracks are forming in their culture. Bezos should have announced the end of this system the day after the NY Times article.
Principles — and supporting Values, which can vary between company and country cultures, is a foundational layer of Principles which, in turn, is the same across all organizations – something we don't talk enough about. In business, transparency and trust are two such principles. They are as sacrosanct as freedom of speech. No systems or values can trump these principles or there is long term danger.
Systems of Survival— this is the title of one of my favorite books. Written by the late Jane Jacobs, she delineated a set of "moral precepts" she felt must underpin successful commerce. I think it's an excellent list – and have found in all my commercial dealings that when one of these precepts is violated, things turn out badly:
It's this list that provides a foundational bedrock upon which you can build your own unique culture (core values) and company. Have a great weekend.