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Washingtonville, NY, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 6 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "I want to join the cult!"

    This book was such a validation to me. I've never started and sold huge companies and sold them for tons of money but it sure is wonderful to see that I think along the same lines as someone who has does all that. It's hard to be an employee, know the right way to do things and see the opposite happen. It's incredibly reassuring to know that there are other people out there who believe in creativity, being a real human being at your job, speaking plainly, solving problems even if they are not your problems, caring about what your customers think of you, and having big dreams for the project you are working on, is the right way to go. It's hard when there are so many examples of people stepping on employees, treating them as interchangable cogs, delivering the least amount of work to reap the most profit, being considered "successes." Here Tony reminds us what success really is, and profit doesn't always define success. There are two kinds of workers in this world. Those that can and do, do a good job because they find it fulfilling, and those who can't or don't, and decide to make their life's work a shell game of delivering just enough and politicking enough to move their way to success. I very much fall in the first category and so do the people of Zappos. I'm glad to see this permeating throughout Zappos and as their employees move on, or train, it will spread to other corporations. As it can rot from the top, so can it grow. Tony sounds like the guy you'd want as your neighbor and I thank him very much for writing this book. Now I'm reassured that it's OK to care, and do it the right way long-term, even if at times I might feel like the odd man out.

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  • The Facebook Effect (excerpt)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    DJ Hellion says: "Bloatware"
    "Think the author might be a little in love with MZ"

    It's a very interesting read on an amazing topic. The interview at the end with Z's sister I think is a little over the top. I was wondering if he'd want to submit a petition to canonize Z at the end. While he mentions his journalistic objectivity, he is just a wee bit too gushy on the wonder that is Mark Zuckerberg. However, it's a wonderful window into a fascinating time in our world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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