Operational Discipline: What It Looks Like

OK HR Pros - Lots of you end up in leadership/operations meetings where it's a cattle call of reports delivered via PowerPoint.

You know the ones I'm talking about - the all day meetings you have monthly or quarterly, where the Director/VP department heads march in their teams and it's a game - who's reporting what and based on the geopolitical situation at your company, who gets savagely attacked and who is left alone.

Anyway, you see a lot of bad charts that don't mean s##t. So maybe it's time you saw one that is profound.

I'm here to help.  Below is a chart that shows the run rate for Amazon's revenue and net income.  I want you to look at it and then we'll talk about after the jump.

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Here's what it means: Amazon has incredible focus and discipline when it comes to reinvesting all of their revenue back into the business. Revenue has grown from 5 Billion per quarter to 20 Million plus in five years.

Net income - steady at zero.

Wall Street wants earnings?  **** Wall Street.  Amazon reinvests it all and wants to run the world. All of the world.

You're going to penalize the stock?  Fine.  They don't care.  They'll see you in hell, which they'll own most of or certainly run the technology infrastructure that exists there.

Amazon has operational discipline.  Share this chart with the geeks in Finance to score "HR might get it" points with the nerds.

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