Nice to meet you
My name is Joey Marchy and I'm not your traditional leader. I've been preparing for this moment since I was 14. My first job was bagging groceries and pushing carts in the Florida sun. Those hot days taught me to be humble and gracious. Working in fast food at the local mall taught me how to hustle and the value of working together as a team.
I'm wiser now and I've spent time thinking about what I want my career to be. I'm not ready for a new job, I'm ready to solve some problems!
I'M NOT SAYING I'M THE BEST...
I do however possess a unique set of skills and approach problems from a different perspective. I ask a lot of questions and collaborate with my team. There are many possible solutions to a problem. I experiment with different ones and try to learn from each.
MY UNIQUE SKILLS:
Here is a list of my best characteristics - empathetic, caring, honest, brutally transparent, strong work ethic, passionate, patient, clear communicator, problem solver, listener, loyal, ability to read people, endlessly positive, persuasive, tenacious.
Why do I want to work at Amazon?
Amazon's leadership principles align perfectly with my own principles. I want to be part of a company who’s creating something amazing. I’m at a point in my life where I don't want to build my resume. I want to take risks and build something meaningful.
I want to learn new things and say goodbye to the traditional work experience. I want to keep expanding my universe by working with a group of diverse thinkers and creators. While all of the Amazon leadership principles resonate with me I have picked a few of my favorites to elaborate on.
Customers can be defined in many ways. I like to view customers as each and every person I interact with while performing my work. I think some people have a very narrow view of customers as just those people who purchase from you. To me, those people are definitely included, but I think of the customers extending vertically up the organization, from my boss all the way up to Jeff Bezos himself. I am obsessed with understanding all customer facets, not just those people who I serve and interact with on a daily basis.
There are four words you will never hear me mention: "that's not my job". As a leader I have the integrity to accept responsibility for the shortcomings of projects and efforts I work on. I use these as learning experiences and I always hold myself accountable to a very high standard of work.
As a self-characterized "servant leader" I practice building trust with my teams and colleagues. Trust is one of the most essential qualities a team member can have.
Bias for Action
Having a framework for structuring experiments, identifying success criteria and instrumenting your experiments to collect the right data empowers you to have a bias towards action. I have run hundreds of experiments in my career and I will empower my teams and colleagues to do the same.
Learn and Be Curious
To me, having the support from a company to learn and be curious is one of the most important things to look for in a career opportunity. This is how you grow. Curiosity is how you solve problems that can't be solved in 30, 60 or 365 days. Big problems require learning, experimentation and continuous reflection to solve.
As a leader I like to set goals and objectives to accomplish on a quarterly basis. It's one way to create team unity and make progress as an organization. I have found some success with using Objectives and Key Results and I've relied on this for the past year to help my team and organization continue to move forward.
Diving deep does not have to be on the order of 20,000 leagues. As a leader in my previous organization we would dive deep into problems by running frequent retrospectives where we asked what went wrong, what went right and what should we keep or change. We applied these learnings to each subsequent iteration of our problem to continue learning and diving deep into the problem.
THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY AT WORK
- Building teams
- Setting and accomplishing goals
- Team building
THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY IN LIFE
- Making other people happy
- Improving my community and neighborhood
- Taking care of people
- Fresh flowers
- My family
Life / Work Balance: My Philosophy
Notice how I didn't say work / life balance? For me, life comes first. Work comes and goes. At the end of the day, month, year, whatever, all you have is your family and friends. I've spent the last 10 years putting work first. All that time and energy never really got me anywhere. Actually, it taught me one really valuable thing: optimizing for continuous improvement.
In work you have to try new things. Sometimes you have a try a lot of new things. Families are about experimentation too. In our family we try to improve each week. Sometimes we fail and have a bad week. It happens. Most of the time we make incremental improvements that are hard to see on a micro level, but when you zoom out you can see things are moving in a positive direction.
Just like in work, in family life it's important to reflect or retro your experiments. This is where you learn what worked, what didn't, what can be improved and what your opportunities are. We do this daily as a family. It's called Apples and Onions. Each night while we're eating we share what went well (apples) and what maybe didn't go so well (onions). In life and work you have to be reflective so you don't miss the important learnings along the way.