Episode 121

Colin Bryar on Working with Jeff Bezos at Amazon


Colin Bryar worked on Amazon’s senior leadership team for 12 years, starting in 1998, including serving as Jeff Bezos’ Chief of Staff for two years. Colin is co-founder of Working Backwards LLC, an executive coaching firm, and, along with fellow Amazon veteran Bill Carr, the co-author of the new book Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon, which is now available for purchase.

Three Key Things You’ll Learn:

1. The core principles Amazon uses to achieve world-leading results.
2. The essentials of Jeff Bezos’ leadership style.
3. The keys to Amazon’s top-tier hiring strategy.

Learn More about Colin
Colin’s Bio
Colin’s New Book – Working Backwards
Follow Colin: Twitter | LinkedIn

Topics in the Episode

  • How Colin began his career at Oracle, then found his way to Amazon (1:45)
  • Colin’s prior knowledge of Amazon and Jeff Bezos when he arrived at Amazon in 1998. (4:45)
  • Amazon’s unique, and highly-effective, meeting strategy. (6:30)
  • How Amazon creates, evaluates and decides which big ideas to pursue (11:05)
  • Stories of Jeff Bezos’ leadership, especially his customer obsession (17:45)
  • The key to Amazon’s proven hiring strategy (24:30)
  • The four key principles of Amazon’s company culture (29:40)
  • A mistake Colin has made, and what he learned from it (33:30)
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