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Delivering Happiness

By Tony Hsieh

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Format: Hardback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 08 July 2010
The hip, iconoclastic CEO of Zappos shows how a different kind of corporate culture can make a huge difference in achieving remarkable results - by actually creating a company culture that values happiness - and then delivers on it.

In his first book, Tony Hsieh - the widely-admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer - -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success, Even better, he shows how creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand.

He starts with the "Why" in a section where he narrates his quest to understand the science of happiness. Then he runs through the ten Zappos "Core Values" such as "Deliver WOW through Service," "Create Fun and A Little Weirdness," and "Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit" and explains how you and your colleagues should come up with your own.

Hsieh then details many of the unique practices at Zappos that have made it the success it is today, such as their philosphy of allocating marketing money into the customer experience, thereby allowing repeat customers and word-of-mouth be their true form of marketing. He also explains why Zappos's number one priority is company culture and his belief that once you get the culture right, everything else - great customer service, long-term branding - will happen on its own. Finally, DELIVERING HAPPINESS explains how Zappos employees actually apply the Core Values to improving their lives outside of work - and to making a difference in their communities and the world.

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.

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"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

EAN: 9780446563048
ISBN: 0446563048
Publisher: Business Plus
Dimensions: 23.47 x 16.05 x 2.59 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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