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DISRUPTION

Nothing like disruption to get the stories going.  And when the uproar is about the newspaper business, we get more than the usual number of critics thinking and writing about what it all means.  So when Jeff Bezos bought the Wash Post, using his personal fortune from founding Amazon, the stories were flying like Angry Birds.
 
My personal three favorites:  Bezos accidentally clicked on the Washington Post. 
 
Then, his two pizza work group rule:  when it takes more than two pizzas to keep a work group happy, you have too many people on the project.
 
And, finally, the story about him when he was nine years old, riding in the car with his grandparents:  using a formula he just learned about smoking and the relationship between number of cigarettes smoked a day and shortening one’s life, he blithely announced to his grandma smoking in the front seat that she would be losing nine years of her life.  After she burst into tears, his grandpa said, “Jeff, one day you will understand that it is harder to be kind than clever.” .” 



This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.—oh, and the two weeks away were great.  No, I couldn’t totally unplug because of Candy Crush and WWF, but I did take a break from the day to day and got some great work done on my book!

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