Jeff Bezos likes to tap up-and-coming Amazon execs to be his "shadow," a role involving attending all his meetings and helping him to flesh out ideas. Many of Bezos's former shadows have gone on to run outside companies or secure high-level positions at Amazon, and they credit their time with Bezos as a powerful influence on their leadership. "It was honest to god one of the most extraordinary things a young person can do," says Stig Leschly, now CEO of Match Education.
The purchase of The Washington Post for $250 million by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has observers wondering how Bezos, known for exploring big ideas, will change the way the paper operates. Post humorist Gene Weingarten takes a whimsical look at how the news may be gathered and delivered in the Bezos era.
Amazon.com is planning for the long haul, says CEO Jeff Bezos. Companies that want returns in two or three years are forced to compete against countless other companies with similar approaches, Bezos says. By taking a longer-term view, Amazon sharply reduces the competition. "At Amazon we like things to work in five to seven years," he says. "We're willing to plant seeds, let them grow -- and we're very stubborn.”
Business leaders who avoid taking their anger out on employees are more effective and get better results, writes Diane Helbig, a business coach. Take a deep breath and follow her advice to keep anger in check.
Top CEOs are not just smart managers and strategists, they also demonstrate moral leadership, writes John Baldoni. That means offering a clear vision of their companies' role in society and their contribution to making the world a better place. "Savvy leaders trade on this quest for purpose as a means of giving the organization sharper focus," Baldoni writes. "When people know what it expected of them, they can deliver more readily.