Friday, June 18, 2010

Book Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

Delivering Happiness is an easy flowing read written in a conversational style. Mr. Hsieh does inform the reader at the beginning of the book of his writing style. Delivering Happiness provides a view from the CEO of how he built Zappos and has created a unique corporate culture. One of delivering 'WOW' to the customer while encouraging a nurturing environment for the employees. From the stories, it would appear Mr. Hsieh is a work hard-play hard person and has found the balance between managing and leading a company. Interesting how the corporate culture continues to evolve as the company grows.

The Zappos Culture is defined by 10 core values:

1) Deliver WOW through service.
2) Embrace and drive change.
3) Create fun and a little weirdness.
4) Be adventurous, creative, and open-minded.
5) Pursue growth and learning.
6) Build open and honest relationships with communication.
7) Build a positive team and family spirit.
8) Do more with less.
9) Be passionate and determined.
10) Be humble.

Do you think that Zappos provides a realistic model for other companies to follow?

Would the Zappos culture work with various leadership styles?

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I received a few advance copies of Delivering Happiness and would like to give them away to those who post a response on this blog or my personal blog. I will announce the winners on Monday, June 28, 2010.

Hsieh, T. (2010). Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. New York: Hachette Book Group.

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