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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071749586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071749589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of Prescription for Excellence and The Starbucks Experience. He is an internationally sought after speaker and organizational consultant who has been featured on The Glenn Beck Show and CNBC’s On the Money.


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Hello, I am an author, professional speaker and business consultant. My goal is to catch what is right in the world and playfully spark people and businesses to grow toward the extraordinary. In addition to writing books like The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary, I provide free weekly podcasts at http://drjosephm@podbean.com


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Big fan of the zappos culture and this book.
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Overall the book is recommended for people who want to read about the positive aspects of a dynamic and unique business.
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I'm always on the lookout for good business books with advice and ideas I can use in my own company.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Traslavina on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Jett, CMA on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book for a client who asked me to use it as the inspiration for their staff retreat which I facilitated. I will be forever grateful to this client for introducing me to Zappos.

The book is organized around 5 core principles:
1 - Serve a Perfect Fit
2 - Make it Effortlessly Swift
3 - Step into the Personal
4 - Stretch
5 - Play to Win

In addition to containing excellent content on how to use core values to be distinctive, the book also has a website with additional information, videos, and resources.

Finally, because the book is about Zappos, where one stated value is to create fun and a little weirdness, this book is not a dull read. And yet, there is much to learn. Enjoy!

Karen L. Jett, CMA
Author Grow Your People, Grow Your Business
Facilitator and Creator of Strategic Plan-ting(TM) Workshops
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy M. Vance on December 16, 2012
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I bought this book for a book report in one of my MBA classes. I LOVED it! The book is organized well, and the Zappos culture is very interesting to study. I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
If you want a positive example of a progressive company, than this book provides a comprehensive view of Zappos as an example. In that regard it is a 5 star book about Zappos. If you want to understand everything about what make Zappos a powerhouse in eCommerce, then read this book. If you want to understand how they got there, the tough decisions they made, the failures and what they learned, then you will need to look elsewhere. In that regard it is a two star book. Joseph Michelle has written a book that is more tribute than teaching about Zappos, why it is the way it is and how you can apply those lessons.

Overall the book is recommended for people who want to read about the positive aspects of a dynamic and unique business. Those looking for a more analytical, balanced and critical view will need to look elsewhere. Michelli provides a view of the company that is more than overly positive and based on the premise that whatever they are doing is right because they are getting good results. The book would have been much more powerful if it had shown the discussions, trade-offs, decisions, false steps etc.

If you can get past the single direction and positive shout out tone of the Zappos Experience, then there are more than a few things you can learn from reading this book. First it is organized around the five main principles of the company:

Principle 1: Serve a perfect fit -- a discussion of culture, its importance and what culture in operation looks like.
Principle 2: Make it effortlessly swift -- A discussion of how you raise speed through having engaged and knowledgeable people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SteveH on September 15, 2013
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Always the simple that gives you the best results. It is now time to put it into practice. Good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose M. Rivera on September 15, 2013
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The great fresh starts for companies who really want to apply an unconventional idea to improve customer experience. The book is beyond of thinking outside the box. It is an Inspiration !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Shaw on December 4, 2012
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If your a sales associate in retail or starting your own business this is a must read.....it's all there, spelt out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly S Hensel on September 23, 2012
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The Zappos Experience was an inspiring story about how Tony Hseih took a simple concept and turned it into a successful company. It seems like he took business back to the basics and expanded on how to value both customers and employees in uncommon ways in today's business world. And from all I can tell, he has stuck to those principles while making Zappos an enviable place to work and do business with.
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