Sep 3, 2010

Book Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh has one clear message for business owners and managers - make and keep your employees happy, and your company will have it made.

Of course there are other things you also have to do, but delivering happiness and keeping it as part of the corporate culture in your company is the key to success, according to Hsieh, who divides his self-help book into three parts: Profits; Profits and Passion; and Profits, Passion, and Purpose. He is CEO of the highly successful online retailer Zappos and therefore we take for granted that he knows of what he speaks.

The book follows Hsieh through the corporate world, where he talks about his beginnings in business, his strategies, successes, and outlines his methods for running a business that ranked as one of the "Best Businesses to Work For" in 2009 by Forbes magazine. 

Business owners and management as well as business students might find this book appealing and an eye-opener. However, with so many new books now discussing happiness in the work place, tthe WOW factor, and so on, the idea is not entirely unique, though Hsieh's specific strategies may be.

Title: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Author: Tony Hsieh
Hardcover: 253 pages
Publisher: Business Plus; 1 edition (June 7, 2010)
Source: Hachette Book Group
My objective rating: 4 out of 5


  1. I had heard of this book and thought it might be an interesting read. I may have to give it another look after you gave it a 4 out of 5! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Suzanne: I looked up the Amazon ratings after I rated the book. You wouldn't believe it was in the top 20 yesterday.


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