The written narrative that saves decision-making
Amazon dislikes PowerPoint presentations at meetings.
In his LinkedIn post, ex-Amazonian Brad Porter mentions most businesses make decisions based on partial context and logical flaws in data.
Amazon does not. Instead, they use a 6-page narrative memo that everyone reads in the meeting itself. This memo describes:
- The vision of what you're trying to achieve,
- why this will be valuable for your customers
- why this is good for your business
- and the high-level strategy for achieving the vision.
Writing such a memo requires you to think deeply about an initiative. It forces the writer to consider and address the various perspectives and constraints.
It helps make more informed decisions.