Tony Hsieh's (pronounced "Shay") book Delivering Happiness is
fascinating as he writes about his personal journey that leads to the
success of building Zappo's into one of the world's leading online
retailers. He shows how a different kind of company culture and company
brand can bring about success and a win-win-win scenario for customers,
company and employees together. He writes in an easy flowing, accessible
way that makes his story one you want to follow and see what happens
next! Covering Tony's personal story, the creation of Zappo's and its
culture and the period following the sale of Zappos to Amazon.com for
$1.2 Billion in 2009, Tony demonstrates how personal and business
happiness can co-exist. Many companies have traveled the road that leads
from good to great, but few know how to manage the curves that keep
them safely on that road. Reading Delivering Happiness makes one truly
believe Tony Hsieh has laid the foundation that will keep Zappos safely
traveling down that road of Greatness.
— Ron, Los Angeles
Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department Focus on company culture as the #1 priority Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business Help employees grow-both personally and professionally Seek to change the world Oh, and make money too . . .
Sound crazy? It's all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that's doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer in Fortune magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.
In Delivering Happiness, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, Delivering Happiness shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own. #1 New York Timesand Wall Street Journal bestseller
About the Author
Tony Hsieh became involved with Zappos as an advisor and investor in 1999, about two months after the company was founded. He eventually joined Zappos full time in 2000.
Under his leadership, Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to over $1 billion in 2008 by focusing relentlessly on customer service.
"In this fascinating (and often hilarious) account, Tony explains how he turns his beliefs into actions that really do deliver happiness."—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"This book is awesome. How Tony and Zappos grew to $1 billion in gross revenue in 10 years is just the beginning. From fundraising to finding happiness, from actual e-mails to checklists, it covers it all. Intensely personal and intensely practical."—Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
"In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Tony reveals the secret to his success at such a young age: leadership in culture and happiness."—Lance Armstrong
"Tony Hsieh is a wise guy. Sincerely. He's one of the wisest and most thoughtful business leaders of the modern age. This insightful book isn't just an enjoyable read. It's a wonderful instruction manual for how 21st century companies create value and happiness at the same time."—Chip Conley, Fanound and CEO of Joie de Vivre and Author of PEAK: HOw Great COmpanies Get Their Mojo from Maslow
"This book could start a revolution!"—Marshall Goldsmith, author of MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It
"This book illustrates so many of Zappos' core values: it's open and honest, passionate and humble, fun and a little weird. Even if you don't care about business, technology, or shoes, you'll be drawn in by this American tale of how hard work, laziness, talent and failure blend together to create an extraordinary life."—Jonathon Haidt, author of THE HAPPINESS HYPOTHESIS: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
"Tony Hsieh is the shining star of a new way of working. DELIVERING HAPPINESS is a book that tells an extraordinary business story -- building a $1 billion online business selling shoes in less than a decade -- but also an extraordinary human story. Tony is one of those entrepreneurs who is both fearless and endlessly imaginative about pursuing his dreams."—Tony Schwartz, Author of THE WAY WE'RE WORKING ISN'T WORKING
"DELIVERING HAPPINESS is a glimpse into the mind of one of the most remarkable business leaders of our time. Like its author, the book is authentic, oddly original, doesn't take itself too seriously--yet delivers a potent message. This book needs to be read by anyone who takes the happiness of other people seriously. "—Dave Logan, professor at the Marshall School of Business/USC' and coauthor of TRIBAL LEADERSHIP AND THE THREE LAWS OF PERFORMANCE
"An uplifting tale of entrepereneurial success, personal growth, and redemption."—Publishers Weekly
"The only book I've read that makes stunningly clear why companies succeed and sustain or fade. Tony Hsieh's profoundly simple answer: create a
compelling set of core values and beliefs which every member of the work
force understands and embodies, a culture that they are willing to live and
die for and which makes Zappos the supreme example of how culture can work it's miracles."—Warren Dennis, Distinguished Professor of Business