Meetings and discussions should always be held on very important issues. However, how many times have we attended meetings that could have been an email? Still remember how we implemented PowerPoint back in the day? People want to have a chat, there’s a human element in conversations and discussions. Worked wonders! it worked wonders for us all and amplified our humanistic connections, relationships, and conversations. Some may contest that PowerPoint should still be used, especially with virtual meetings because even a great speaker needs visual items.
PPT is a great tool but if you can’t use it well, it cannot serve you well… as do all tools . I learned in a management school that PowerPoint can be a time waster and I’m glad to see Bezos bringing it to light. Jeff Bezos took the leap and banned Microsoft PowerPoint Slide presentations. I’m sure this leads to more impactful discussion vs one-sided presentation. Better than the pizza decision. The next decision should be to ban meetings altogether except for one day a week. I imagine Bill Gates would feel personally attacked by this decision if said briefing documents weren’t typed on Microsoft Word and featured Microsoft Excel tables. But Finally. I think the key is knowing which tool will be most effective for the environment and content. I think I personally respond best when presenting and receiving info with visual cues but the addition of a briefing document is both insightful and smart. Another nail in the coffin for traditional old-school management consulting? Death by PowerPoint soon to be extinct?
I’d call it brilliant, but Sheryl Sandberg implemented it first 10 years ago early on in her Facebook career. She talks about it in her famous book LEAN IN. I think the award for “the smartest management move” should go to her. I’d argue it’s not the “smartest management move he’s ever made.” He (or the company) has made other moves such as hiring and promotion efficiencies that have a more direct impact on the company than this. In fact, there are countless examples of management moves he made more noteworthy (to me) than this. With that aside, banning PowerPoint in itself isn’t that significant. The root of the management decision was saving unproductive time by eliminating the time to create and present the slide deck. A slide deck which was presumably ineffective due to the data within it or the presenters’ ability to, well, present. I know Bezos is data-driven, so I’d like to know whether the time savings of eliminating a PowerPoint presentation was worth the lack of dialog between all meeting attendees. The article states with the hard copy presented (Vice PowerPoint) attendees can elect to skip the meeting. If a ppt was provided, couldn’t they do the same? Often times meetings aren’t held to benefit each attendee individually, but to solicit feedback and collaboration from all to better serve the organization.
This is a bit deceiving. He didn’t ban PowerPoint, which arguably is what his team uses to put together the briefing documents, but he banned physical/virtual presentations using PowerPoint slides. Fact Check: PowerPoint presentations are not banned at Amazon. Every “All Hands” is a slide deck built using PowerPoint. Employee orientation, safety school… all PowerPoint.
Provocative. Although the value and effectiveness of communication are based on the individual, not the hardware or software tool being used. I wonder if this could be further developed to read the briefs before the meeting and just meet for the discussion around the decision? Bezos must be doing something right if Amazon is growing and has continued to grow the rate that it is. He’s not the key, but his ideas and implementation are!
Well, that’s something. I’ve always thought there is so much fluff in PP presentations. Most feel like you’re moving so slowly. I do think PowerPoint has its place. It depends on the skill of the presenter. Of course, this is a rare art. Usually, we come across what looks more of a word document on slides.