It's really just a long story about Tony's childhood and Zappos. Tony is using a lot of time talking about how great Zappos is and very little time actually giving advices. The book is good but don't buy it if you want advices.
Outlook, Historical, Informative. There are great management and life practices combined with the history on the company itself.
I was very interested in Zappos as a company, but knew nothing about what a great visionary and leader Tony Hsieh was. Great narrative and informative book.
His personality seems to ooze out of the stories he shares from his childhood. By the end of the book I found myself wanting more stories, but to also just sit down and share a drink with him. Amazing leader to an amazing company.
I had no extreme reactions except for the want to just sit and listen to it for hours at a time like a good book should
Very highly recommended for anyone looking for management skills tied into a story about a successful and influential internet company.
I did not read the print version
Despite the tough initial situation of zappos, Tony had full faith in his company
very insightful book. I learnt the value of culture of a company and its impact on business. Must read for business leaders.
Tony Hsieh is an amazing guy with an amazing vision who has surrounded himself with really amazing people.
If you have any interest in how a business should be run please read this book. The way Zappos functions really is how I believe a company should be run, not just retail business but all businesses. It can change the way you think at a very deep level and make you very unhappy with the way things are being run by almost every other business out there.
I am so impressed by this book that I am visiting the Zappos offices in June to get a first hand look at what the cult of Zappos is really like.
The way it should be in every work culture!
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio from beginning to end. In fact was quite sad when it ended. I strongly recommend this book to EVERY company leader!
Simple, yet amazing impact!
Tony's style of writing/speaking. The authenticity!
Motivating - Fun - Creative
Re-Work - Both say to just make it happen - whatever IT is.
Too many to pick one. I have known many start up people - I was very impressed by the
I like that the company has stayed true to their way.
Hearing about the start of this Nor Cal kid and his parents in a mostly white area was very interesting. I think all kids between 14 and 25 should listen to this. I am giving it to mine!
family tree buff
Yes, I enjoyed hearing as much about Tony's failures as his successes. I liked his fresh approach to corporate culture.
Never listened to anything by him before.
Yes, in fact, it was almost over the top. All of the different voices were somewhat distracting.
I did not read the Print Version; however I did reference some quotes, which required printed excerpts.
Tony of course!
He built that which did not exist, he drove it to success, and he risked all that he had to make Zappos a success. I like the fact that he was humble enough to outline some of the mistakes along the way too. Some CEOs will not admit to the mistakes they make, because they are looking for the next Golden Parachute (Public Perception), Tony has found an inner peace and confidence in the independence and freedom he has built for himself.
The move of the distribution facility to KY, which led to the logistics nightmare, but ultimately led to the eureka-moment. If they had not suffered the logistics nightmare, and realized that they were trying to outsource their core competency, would they have ever developed customer centric culture. I say yes, because the culture was the vision and goal if it’s leader, it might have just taken longer. Would they have survived? Have you done your random act of WOWness today?
Yes, when Tony dismissed the money grubbing board and external investors. I do not believe they would have allowed him to pursue the cultural development, and Zappos would not be what it is today.
I like how Tony framed the joining of Amazon and Zappos as a marriage, this instilled to me, and possibly the world, there was a meaningful and optimistic future in the joining. It made me reflect on when I got married; and on how the future looked bright and shiny. Every day the partnership grows stronger.
One of the few business audio books I've listened that I didn't have to put matchsticks in my eyes to stay awake. It was a great message, and was entertaining and well written.
When I got this book, I thought I might learn something about running a business. I did. But I got caught up in the story and really enjoyed this book.
Trials by fire.
I cried with happiness and wished I could work in such a group.