At Amazon, there is no room for failures or making mistakes

At Amazon, there is no room for failures or making mistakes. The organization culture expects employees to “climb the wall” while following the rules. The company also grades employees, and those found to be exemplary are given scores as “I’m peculiar” (Kantor & Streitfeld, 2015). In this course, we have learned that employees should not be introduced into a culture of competition as they will not be innovative. Making employees compete with each other, extinguishes innovation to the company’s disadvantage. At Amazon, workers are advised to critically examine each other’s ideas as opposed to encouraging each other to come up with ideas. Through the various leadership styles we have learned in this course, we have understood the essence of leaders encouraging ideas from employees. By encouraging ideas, employees will feel appreciated and thus have the morale for their jobs. The culture of sending secret feedback to bosses is one that is likely to cause sabotage among the employees. This is also a culture that leads to competition among employees.

The article above explains how amazon abolished its recruiting engine that discriminated against women.


Kantor, J., & Streitfeld, D. (2015, August 15). Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. The New York Times.

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