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Episode 171  |  48:09 min

#171: Working Backwards with Amazon's Colin Bryar and Bill Carr

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Episode 171  |  48:09 min  |  05.17.2021

#171: Working Backwards with Amazon's Colin Bryar and Bill Carr

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This is a podcast episode titled, #171: Working Backwards with Amazon's Colin Bryar and Bill Carr . The summary for this episode is: <p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">There's a saying at Amazon: "Good intentions don't work. Mechanisms do." For well over a decade, Colin Bryar and Bill Carr worked in tandem with Jeff Bezos, building out the mechanisms and leadership principles that shaped the company into what it is today. How'd they do it? They started with a relentless focus on the customer – and worked backwards from there. </span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Colin and Bill were in the trenches for the creation of some of Amazon's most innovative products and services including Kindle, Amazon Prime, Amazon Studios, and Amazon Web Services. And on today's episode of Seeking Wisdom, they sit down with DC and talk about what Amazon was really like in the early days, the development of critical processes like the PR FAQ, single-threaded teams, and their best practices for hiring the right talent. </span></p><p><br></p><p> </p><h3>Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">+1-212-380-1036.</span></h3><p><br></p><h3>For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: <a href="https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/</a></h3><p><br></p><p>Buy a copy of Working Backwards here:<span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> </span><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Working-Backwards-Insights-Stories-Secrets/dp/1250267595" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://www.amazon.com/Working-Backwards-Insights-Stories-Secrets/dp/1250267595</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> </span></p>
Takeaway 1 | 00:30 MIN
One of the Hallmarks of Amazon
Takeaway 2 | 00:34 MIN
What Controllable Input Is
Takeaway 3 | 00:57 MIN
Effective Management While Growing Rapidly
Takeaway 4 | 00:56 MIN
You Can Have Autonomy, or You Can Have Control
Takeaway 5 | 00:46 MIN
Good Intentions Don't Work, Mechanisms Do
Takeaway 6 | 00:38 MIN
Hiring People Who Reinforce Who You Want to Be
Takeaway 7 | 00:32 MIN
Pick a Method
Takeaway 8 | 01:01 MIN
Finding a Company Where You Can be Successful