BRADY’S BOTTOM LINE

Steven Robinson
Published on September 19, 2019

BRADY’S BOTTOM LINE

BEING RIGHTTHE SURPRISING TRAIT AMAZON CEO JEFF BEZOS LOOKS FOR IN SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYEES

Most people believe the smartest person in the room is the one who gets ahead the fastest, right? Not according to AMAZON CEO JEFF BEZOS.

At Microsoft’s CEO Summit, Suzy Welch, who is co-founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute and a noted bestselling author, CNBC contributor and public speaker asked Bezos, “What are you looking for when you promote someone into a leadership position?”

Bezos answered, “I WANT PEOPLE WHO ARE RIGHT MOST OF THE TIME.”

“It’s not about intelligence, per se, or motivating people, or strategic vision, or any of the usual suspects,” Welch says, ”It’s much more tangible.”

”Bezos looks for people who strive to deliver the best results and are willing to make difficult choices to get there-it’s about being ‘right.’”

When Welch surmised that Bezos meant he wanted the people with the highest IQs, Bezos clarified: “I DON’T CARE HOW SMART THEY ARE. I WANT TO SEE A TRACK RECORD OF HARD DECISIONS THAT ENDED UP BEINGRIGHT.”

“IT’S ALWAYS BETTER IN BUSINESS TO BE RIGHT THAN SMART. SMART PEOPLE CAN BE WRONG A LOT.”

Welch stated: “The most successful people aren’t necessarily the ones who are the quickest thinkers or the most well-read. They’re the ones who focus on delivering the best results and making the tough calls that turn out to be right in the end.

In other words, focus less on your input and more on your output.”

“Think about it,” Welch says. “Are you striving at work to look and sound smart… or are you striving to be right?

“It’s a distinction that could have a huge impact on your career.”