Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Memo for Tony Hsieh

Subject: MEMO




Hey Tony, you don't know me, but thought you might be interested to know that over the course of any given business year, I absorb anywhere from 75 to 100 business books.

Only a few make me sit up and pay attention.

Over the past 12 months, Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" earned that distinction with the way he clearly articulates a path to greatness only a few companies ever travel. But, after wrapping up your book this past weekend, I felt the need to applaud you for the way "Delivering Happiness", more than fulfilled what you promised.

From where I sit, "Delivering Happiness" is much more than an insider's, behind-the-scenes tale of how a desperately sinking Silicon Valley start-up was able to face, overcome and conquer insurmountable odds. The Zappos story you brilliantly chronicled, offers a rare glimpse into the soul of the leaders who are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of any organization. And I especially admire how bromides like "alignment", "values" and "culture" are translated into practical examples that can be applied to any company, anywhere, in any industry.

Whether it's the Zappos library, the "Power of 1%" or the removal of underperformers and non-believers, the parallels between Sinek's "Start With Why" theory and what Zappos actually does each day are too obvious not to notice.

It is my sincere hope that thousands of other business leaders pay close attention to the lessons you share through these 253 pages and see how any workplace can serve as a platform for much more than the pursuit of profit.

Congratulations on the success of your book, debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List, staying on that list for 27 consecutive weeks and the 1.2 billion reasons why you know "Delivering Happiness" will take any reader on an expertly-guided path to profits, passion and purpose.

A path you have traveled first-hand, delivering on your promises.

Respectfully yours,

Gair Maxwell

P.S... Didn't see the Maslowian-inspired ending coming. Your final chapter on the "Happiness Framework" was a thing of simplified, yet elegantly relevant beauty.

"Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you"

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Ian Varty said...

Amazing company!Can you find (m)any companies like Zappos in Atlantic Canada? Can you name any? Just curious.

Pam Robertson said...

Hi Gair,
Great post, and I too love Tony Hsieh's book and concept for doing business. Sadly, Zappos will not be shipping into Canada after April 1, 2011 because of issues with shipping (can't control shipping within Canada, and duty costs). The only way we'll be able to access their inventory is to have orders shipped to a US address, or to locate Canadian suppliers. That's a loss for us here.
Pam in Halifax, NS