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Highlights from Jeff Bezos' annual letter

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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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 . . .

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Rethinking Political Power

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April 28, 2016

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 . . .

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5 Lessons From The Golden State Warriors

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April 12, 2016

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 . . .

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Default Yes

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April 05, 2016

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 . . .

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It's Time To Fight Back

Against the Modern Workplace

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February 12, 2016

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.

. . .

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