What Amazon Negatives Teach Us About Team Ethos

Amazon is in the news these days because their business culture is ruining people’s lives, according to the reports.  In ministry the same reality can happen, by nook or crook.  Bad leadership, incompetent leadership, or misguided leadership can create negative team cultures for missionaries as well.


Michael Hyatt speaks to this issue in relationship to his own business, No, You Don’t Have to Work 24/7 to Succeed!  Michael is a committed Christian who’s created a large and effective internet business.  His wisdom comes out of his experience trying to be a Christian businessman in the fast-paced marketplace.

What the Amazon Story Says About Our Always-on Business Culture

“I love Amazon, but like many I was disturbed by what I read in the New York Times’ recent exposé. Still, I was actually more disturbed by what came next.


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I read defenses of Amazon from entrepreneurs, leaders, tech writers, and others. Some were easy to agree with. It’s a free country, after all. People can work where they want—even high-intensity, always-on companies like Amazon.

That wasn’t the problem.

What bothered me was the widely held assumption that this kind of environment is necessary for profitable, competitive companies—as if entrepreneur were just . . .”  (Read More . . .)

As a Team Leader, any changes you think you should make in your team ethos after reading this insight?


About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. www.LifeImpactMinistries.net. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. www.FundTheMinistry.com. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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