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Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.(Book review): An article from: American Economist [HTML] [Digital]

Shelley McDonald
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Delivering Happiness is a bold promise to make in any book, let alone a business book. But Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh makes it. The autobiographical story of Tony's childhood and career at times seems self indulgent and veers into frat boy territory, Harvard style. Hsieh is open about the fact that the writing is all his and that it's not literary genius. However, he's clearly an innovative man with a ton of brain power. It is a fun and entertaining read, especially for the genre. The book's stand-out quote:

"Without conscious and deliberate effort, inertia always wins"

I am not sure the book delivers happiness. But here's what it does do, and does very well. It provides an insight into the success of one of America's trendiest and high performing companies as well as the brain of the man behind it. From my work life lens, it also shows an interesting approach to corporate culture that so far is working well for Zappos.

I put my hand up to review the book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose because I'd read so much about Zappos' unique corporate environment. Innovative organizational psyches are right up my alley. Hsieh has a light and enticing story-teller's voice as he shares his youthful business adventures, Harvard stories (mostly about how little work he did and how well he performed doing that), mistakes and spiritual experiences in the rave/party years and climbing Kilimanjaro. Ultimately though, it's a book about relationships, and about how to create an environment where your best friends show up to work with you. You work hard and you play hard and you do it all together.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, exciting reading March 31, 2010
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"Delivering Happiness" has become the trade phrase for Zappos. In this hard-to-put-down book, Tony Hseieh (CEO of Zappos) tells the story of how his life became entangled with the life of Zappos. Starting with his childhood, Tony tells how he has always had an entrepreneurial spirit: he tried to raise earthworms when he was 9, he held garage sales and sold lemonade, he had a newspaper route (and decided it was just a way for newspapers to avoid child labor laws:), he wrote a newsletter of jokes he tried to sell to friends, he sold Christmas cards, he made custom photo buttons. Then in high school he discovered computers and began learning. He got a job testing video games, then became a programmer. The little jobs continued throughout college, where he tried to find the easiest path through his classwork. When he graduated college, he took a job at Oracle just because they offered the most money. And he found a way to do as little work as possible there too. Because he was bored, Tony and his roommate created LinkExchange which they eventually sold to Microsoft for $265 million. Bored again, this is where Zappos enters his life.

Much of the rest of the book is a fascinating history of how Zappos evolved and grew from nothing to $1 billion in gross sales in less than 10 years. Along the way, Tony explains how he learned business lessons from a summer fling with playing poker in Vegas. One of those lessons was to figure out what he really wanted to get out of life. He dabbled in investing and day-trading but found them unfulfilling. He dabbled in angel funding (Zappos being one of the companies he funded). He realized he was passionate about building a company, and the beneficiary of his passion happened to be Zappos.
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483 of 614 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much hype and not enough substance June 17, 2010
By EBSmith
Format:Hardcover
I can not believe it but after 12 years of buying my books on Amazon, I am compelled to write a review. I found this book extremely creepy.

First, I was disappointed in the flip tone of this book. The preface includes a blurb about not bothering to have the book edited by a professional editor because the author did not find it necessary and wanted to continue to poke at his past English teachers because obviously he "showed them" by being a best-selling author and not bothering to be a conscientious writer. I can not imagine having an ax to grind with a teacher I haven't seen in 20 years who may have corrected my work during my "formative years".

Second, I want to personally apologize to every [...] employee. How does one work for a fellow who prides himself on not hiring "talented people"? I am dead serious. Tony clearly states that bringing in talented people into the organization as it grew would cause the culture to change so would not be part of his strategy to build the company.

Third, I also fail to understand how drinking with your co-workers and spending nearly every waking moment with them brings profit, passion and purpose. Yes, team cohesion is obviously important. The military wouldn't function without it. Spending a happy hour with co-workers and eating lunch together for instance, makes sense. Failing to keep your job because Bob in accounting doesn't like socializing with you after work, doesn't make any sense. Failing to be promoted because you don't drink and (horror) actually go home to your kids at night, doesn't make sense.

To summarize, I would re-title this book "A Formula for Running a Successful Cult" by Tony Hsieh aka The Big Pumbah because he has mastered the most important features of a well run cult.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is Reading This Book
Easily one of the most influential books I've ever read, especially in my life as an entrepreneur. A modern classic to me.
Published 2 days ago by Gino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good culture information.
Published 5 days ago by Suzie
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of a company that built its culture right.
This was a fun read.
Published 6 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I really like how articulate Tony is and his unique angle of telling the story. I would recommend this book!
Published 16 days ago by Blendi Saraci
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
I enjoy every minute I was reading this book. Inspired me to go out and be a better person than the one I was yesterday.
Published 18 days ago by Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!
Just awesome!
Published 26 days ago by Wendy Gerbrands
4.0 out of 5 stars Good People
It's reassuring to know that there are some good people in this world who are motivated and driven by bringing a superior quality of life through big corporations and individually... Read more
Published 26 days ago by The Fam
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Okay and simplistic. Goofy pop culture references to raves and all sorts of employee motivators that just seem egotistical and canned
Published 29 days ago by Rick C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Great book!
Tony and his crew just get it. It's amazing when you peel it back that all any of us really want is Happiness regardless of how we weigh that. Good read for sure.
Published 1 month ago by Adam Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by justin davis
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