Episode 535: Managing Like Musk and Bezos: Unconventional Leadership in Tech

Welcome to a new episode of Business Lunch. In today’s episode, we dive into the unorthodox management styles of tech titans like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. From vacation policies that gauge scalability to the famous two-pizza rule, uncover how these leaders shape their companies in ways that defy the norm. 


“It’s about breaking that habit of just wanting to stay in that cycle of work because it’s also good to separate yourself from it.”

“If you’ve got 100 people and you’ve got ten 10-person teams, I like that because then the teams can be competitive and be held accountable to each other.”

“Leadership is ultimately about saying ‘This is the hill we’re going to take; you need to march in that direction.'”


  • 00:00 – Introduction to Management Styles
  • 00:45 – Start of the Episode
  • 02:12 – The 30-Day Vacation Metric
  • 04:20 – Unorthodox Management Philosophies
  • 05:38 – The Two-Pizza Rule
  • 06:01 – Team Performance
  • 07:15 – Hierarchical Team Management
  • 08:50 – Comparing Management Styles
  • 10:00 – The Role of Middle Management

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