This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
I was lucky to be chosen to receive an advanced copy of Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. I heard about the book from Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose on their Random Show.
Simply put this is a mini autobiography of Tony Hsieh’s adventure with business, more specifically, Zappos. Tony goes through a lot of ups and downs and provides honest insights and gold nuggets throughout the book. It was nice to read about another immigrant Asian entrepreneur, because there were a lot of similarities on how we were raised in America.
The biggest thing I got out of the book is how important people are and how to treat them. I appreciate the out-of-the-box thinking that he provided and how to create a culture. Any company can be cloned in a matter of months and the ultimate competitive advantage is the people, both customers and employees.
Another major point that I appreciated was in the last couple of chapters where he discusses the “science” behind happiness. I think that’s all that life is all about.
After reading the book I ordered a copy of the well-known culture book and look forward to reading that as well. I only hope that I will be able to create companies that have such passionate and loyal people.
I highly recommend the book. It was a very quick read and was difficult to put down after I started reading. You can buy the book on Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. If you know me and are close to me in Irvine, CA. I can give you my copy to read.
We need more amazing companies that truly make a positive difference in peoples lives and bring the overall happiness level up around the world. When I get the chance I plan on attending one of the free tours at Zappos’ Head Quarters in Las Vegas.
Disclaimer: Per FTC guidelines. I received an advanced review copy of the book and promise to provide an honest review.
This is what I am going to do with my children.
Successful business leader passionate about raising kids to be entrepreneurs. For over 20 years, Cameron Herold has been coaching, speaking to, or helping entrepreneurs build companies on five continents. He launched BackPocket COO to coach & mentor young, fun, entrepreneurial, growth companies and help make their dreams happen. He is one of the countrys most innovative business leaders and was a leading force behind one of the most successful businesses of the decade, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. For more information about this TEDxTalk or TEDxEdmonton, visit http://www.tedxedmonton.com.
Seth has an interesting article, Rights and responsibilities. The article talks about where your bottom line comes from- is it from taking advantage of the poor and uneducated or is it to bring joy in a bottle.
Do not take advantage of a hired man who is poor and needy, whether he is a brother Israelite or an alien living in one of your towns. -Deuteronomy 24:14
To me it comes down to what “advantage” means to you. I don’t know where to draw the line, but if excessive use of your product or service kills your customers (even if it takes decades), I would say that is a poor business model.
Focus has 12 Job interview questions and explains the psychology behind those questions. Its good to know for those looking for jobs. You can find the post here: http://www.focus.com/fyi/human-resources/12-indirect-job-interview-questions-what-they-really-reveal/
It’s amazing what a little packaging can do with a product. I think that’s how Starbucks created a new market. You can see Seth Godin’s insights on a simple, yet interesting bottle of soap here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/03/telling-a-story-on-the-label.html
For marketers, think about how you can package your products and services to tell a story. It’s really not that hard if you think a little about it.
You can find Seth’s post on what he learned from lousy teachers here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/03/what-you-can-learn-from-a-lousy-teacher.html
I just hope, I wasn’t a lousy teacher and hope I will never be one either. However, its good to know you can even learn from lousy teachers.