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It’s all about the long-term

I have just binge read 20 years of Amazon Shareholder letters.  I am reminded that great companies don’t just happen.  Great companies are designed great from the beginning.  Perhaps my greatest takeaway is a phrase Jeff Bezos uses often in his annual reports, “It’s all about the long-term.”

The Tower of Power

When effective leaders talk, they seek to accomplish three goals: advance the company’s agenda, achieve shared learning and strengthen their relationships. They do this by following a four step framework called The Tower of Power.

Leaders Talk

A leader’s most important and fundamental job is to talk, effectively.  It’s my job, therefore, to learn and understand how to structure effective conversations.  Also, to ensure that effective communication is widespread and pervasive throughout my company.

Andon Cord

No matter how small or inconsequential they may seem at the time, problems should be addressed immediately.  At The Mozaic, this is built into our culture.  Not only do employees have the right to ask for help when they encounter a problem, they are obligated to do so. This is our Andon Cord.

The Straight Line

The recruitment process starts this week.  I’ll be looking for people that I believe will be successful at The Mozaic, and in turn, will make us successful.  The people that I am looking for work in a straight line.   They understand how to get from where they are to where they want to go.

People

The 4 pillars of The Mozaic Way are People, Culture, Process and the Big Dream.  So what type of people do I want working at The Mozaic?  That’s a really tough question.

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