“My path began on a worm farm.”
When I read this in the book’s introduction, I was hooked. And I continued to be captivated throughout the rest of Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose written by Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO and successful entrepreneur.
Disclaimer: I received two free advance copies of this book (including one I'm giving away) in agreement to write an unbiased review. Candidly, I highly recommend this book so keep reading to learn why.
Business books aren’t usually described as “page-turners,” but Tony’s storytelling style easily engages as he shares his background and early passion for “building stuff and being creative and inventive.” This is the backdrop for how he got involved with Zappos and how the company built its incredible culture and brand. (I love Tony’s description of a brand as a “lagging indicator of a company’s culture” and his in-depth explanation of Zappos' core values.)
What surprised me most is that the idea for Zappos – a highly successful online shoe retailer with a unique workplace culture of highly engaged employees who provide legendary customer service (the “WOW!” factor) – didn’t spring fully-formed from the minds of Tony and other key players (Alfred, Nick, Fred, et. al.). Tony candidly shares how the company evolved and persevered despite several near-misses – including coming close to shutting down the business.
In addition, Tony shares a number of internal emails and documents that explain the rationale behind Zappos’ strategy and values, including last year’s decision to “partner” with Amazon. (Note: Zappos is now a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of Amazon.) So Zappos’ story will continue … and I eagerly await its next chapter.
Win a Free Copy of this Fantastic Book!
For participating in the Delivering Happiness book blog tour, I’m giving away a review copy (but not the hard copy) of this book. Here are the details for this book giveaway:
- Post a comment on this blog entry by June 15, 2010, in response to completing this statement: "I really want to read this book because ...”
- I’ll select the winner based on what I think is the best response and will notify him/her by email on June 16, 2010, with a request for a mailing address for the book. (Note: Due to mailing costs, this book giveaway is only available for residents in the U.S. or Canada.) If I do not receive an email reply with contact info by June 21, 2010, I’ll choose an alternate winner.
- I’ll post a follow up comment here announcing the winner’s name.
I look forward to your entries!