Top 50 Amazon.com reviewer Robert Morris gave Uncontainable 5-stars! And we were touched that he compared Kip’s comments about hiring the BEST people to ensure everything is done with excellence to Ben Bradlee’s motto for The Washington Post during his tenure as executive editor.
“Throughout his lively and eloquent narrative, Tindell cites several reasons for the company’s exceptional success (e.g. on average, 20% growth each year it has been in business). They include “passion, commitment, and conscious capitalism” to which the book’s subtitle refers but there are two others of at least equal performance: hiring policies and employee-centrism that have established and sustain a truly unique culture.
How was that achieved? Here’s Tindell’s response: “This first Foundation Principle [i.e. 1 Great Person = 3 Good People] is our hiring and payroll philosophy: One great person is equal to three good people. We really believe that. . We’re trying to get the very best people we can, in the stores, in the office, and in our distribution center. No one is overqualified…We absolutely want our people to be the best. We love and are compassionate to everybody, but we want excellence. I think life is too short not to try to do anything and everything with excellence.”
When I came upon that passage, I was reminded of Ben Bradlee’s comment that, when he became executive editor of The Washington Post in 1968, he decided that its motto would be inspired by the standard one of his grade school teachers set for each of her students: “Our best today; better tomorrow.” The Post’s motto? “Put out the best, most honest newspaper you can today and put out a better one tomorrow.” During Bradlee’s tenure, members of his staff were awarded 17 Pulitzer Prizes.”
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