Jeff Bezos on Being Customer Focused

“If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.”

~ Jeff Bezos

I’ve worked with people over the years who worry too much about what the competition is doing.

It’s fine to keep an eye on what your competitors are doing. But mostly for the purpose of knowing how you are uniquely different and better.

Wouldn’t you much rather be the pioneer and let the competition worry about you?

Spend your valuable time and energy making better products for your customers. Not watching the competition do it.

Dave Girouard on Making Decisions Quickly

Here’s a great article from Dave Girouard, Founder & CEO of Upstart, on the importance of making decisions quickly

I would add that having a plan, strategy, and context help you in making faster and higher quality decisions. They give you a filter to separate the important from the unimportant.  

Having a product roadmap, backlog, and knowledge of the market, for example, give you focus and a lens through which you can quickly process requests that affect your direction and priorities.

Speed as the Ultimate Weapon in Business