Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit

Sandra Burns

Leadership Principle Worksheet 

This worksheet was designed to share how I align my experience with Amazon’s Leadership Principles. I’ve written down a couple of detailed examples from my experience that relate to each of Amazon’s Leadership Principles. Enjoy! Sandra Burns

Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit: Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. Once a decision is determined, they commit wholly.


Example 1: In general:

Situation: Sometimes you are just given some project to redo.

Task: Find out why it has to be redone.

Action: After finding out whether there were issues with the previous project an update to the project, software or materials being trained. I fix those issues as in the case of all my projects. 

Result: The project is redone based on all the information provided at the time or what I sought out.


Example 2: 

Situation: Update 8 old IPP lessons they look rasterized at BCBS.

Task: I opened the old IPP lessons they were done in Adobe Captivate, I noticed they were all screenshots and not editable text.

Action: I made my manager aware of this and asked where the original files were. We hunted down some old PowerPoints. I imported the PowerPoints into Storyline to preserve the original text for editing. I made my boss aware we can now start making those edits and the file is no longer rasterized as they are no longer uneditable screenshots in Adobe Captivate but in Storyline as I confirmed I could get and use this other elearning product to fix the issue and get to work on the edits/updates needed.

Result: 8 updated IPP Lessons ready for upload to the LMS and easier editing down the line. Even though I am an Adobe lover there are times when another product is better for a particular job. In the case of legacy PowerPoints needing to be brought in I choose Articulate Storyline.