- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 27, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003QADCNS
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Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose Audiobook – Unabridged
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I personally really enjoyed this book. It is motivational and opens a path for a completely revised way of thinking about running a business. Profits usually came last for Tony Hsieh, who sold almost everything he had to keep Zappos afloat. As an employee of a business, reading this book makes you jealous of all Zappos employees. Seeing the unique culture that was created at Zappos and seeing how it positively affected customers and the business as a whole is amazing. It was a culture that included employees extremely close to each other, departments that were not separated but unified, a fun loving and relaxed place, and a common goal of being happy while delivering the best service in the world.
There’s not much I didn’t like about this book, it’s incredibly relevant and helpful to anyone thinking or aspiring to become an entrepreneur. The most help the book gives to aspiring entrepreneurs is to realize the overall spectrum of a company, not just profits, but also how to thrive by creating your own core competencies that no one else can replicate.
Before reading I expected to learn from this book a history of Zappos; what made it a success, and insight into its unique culture. Soon I realized that the focus of the book was more about Tony Hsieh – not an autobiography per se but pretty close. A major part of his business success was Zappos, so in that sense you still get a history of the company.
Tony Hsieh indicates that the goal of the book is to be a resource for entrepreneurs so that they can learn from his successes and failures. He states “I decided to write this book to help people avoid make the same mistakes that I’ve made” (p. xiii). This book is not a how-to but rather a fable for entrepreneurs – a story to help teach and inspire them on their own path.
The book is well organized and easy to follow. Tony has divided the story into three sections: Growing Up, Business, and Vision. The choice to organize it this way very naturally leads the reader on his journey to find vision and define happiness for himself. It begins with some very interesting stories from Tony’s childhood and leads your through his professional journeys with LinkExchange and, of course, Zappos.
Tony discovered that culture was a key component to happiness in the workplace. Without a culture that aligns with your personal values you will feel unsatisfied. That is why Tony focuses a great deal of attention on maintaining the culture at Zappos and encouraging other companies and entrepreneurs to work towards a culture of happiness. “My hope is that through this book, established businesses will look to change the way they are doing things, and entrepreneurs will be inspired to start new companies with happiness at the core of their business models, taking with them some of the lessons I’ve learned personally as well as the lessons that we’ve collectively learned at Zappos” (p. 239).
I would recommend this book to business professionals and entrepreneurs for the insight it offers into the importance of culture in the workplace. I would also recommend this to anyone on a personal level interested in an introduction to sustainable happiness. Overall it was a very entertaining and easy-to-read story.
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