Last Saturday morning I was headed back to Waco, Texas, from my friend’s memorial service from the San Bernardino, Calif., airport and needed some reading material.
If you remember from last week’s blog I had finished Greg Reid’s “Three Feet From Gold” on my flights to California and was looking for a book to read on the way home. I had a connection and long layover in Phoenix. It is not even 6 a.m. yet and I don’t land in Austin for 8 more hours so I have plenty of time to read. After perusing the books I finally see one that catches my eye: “Delivering Happiness, A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose” written by Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh.
Brad Voreis, my Glass Doctor vice president, toured Zappos in Las Vegas last year. He said it was the most incredible place he had ever seen! Brad still talks about the culture there and I’ve always wanted to learn more about it and go visit.
All I knew about Zappos is that in 10 years they went from being just an idea to selling the company to Amazon for $1.2 billion in Amazon stock. I wanted learn about the incredible story it had to be. Now I was going to be able to read about it. To achieve those results the leadership had to be a prime factor for Zappo’s incredible growth.
I didn’t know anything else about Hseih (pronounced Shay). Not much else about Zappos except that my wife, Mary Kay, loves to order shoes there (even some tennis shoes for me that I love … wait, are they still called “tennis shoes” or are they “athletic shoes” or some other terminology that shows my age?) That was my total knowledge of the company—Brad, Mary Kay and money!
I picked up the book and started reading. It is only 240 pages. No pictures of all the events over the years like most books and biographies have. No ghost writer. It was simply Hseih telling his story in his own words.
The book inspired me. It inspired me from a business standpoint, a personal standpoint and especially a leadership standpoint. It inspired me to get creative and take action.
My mind raced for a couple of days trying to figure out what action I could/should take with this newfound insight. Have you ever, like me, said to yourself that needed to take action on something—yet find years later you still didn’t do it? I wasn’t about to let that happen.
In my quest to be a much better leader I decided I would provide the book for franchisees and some selected friends and family members. Then over the next 20 weeks I’d provide this group who took me up on my offer with some action items they could do every two weeks that will just take an hour every two weeks to do. I am convinced by doing this they will be better leaders.
In just one week 64 people took me up on my offer.
I’ll make a similar offer to you if you go out and buy the book and read it by May 1st. You can get it at the San Bernardino airport or purchase it from Amazon for less than $8 plus about $7 in postage if you want it in a couple days. I think it is $17 from Barnes and Noble.
Every two weeks then I’ll send you a couple action items the other 64 o do us will be doing. I am confident by doing this over the next 22 weeks you will discover things about yourself, your business and your leadership abilities.
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when you order the book. I look forward to hearing from you and hope you, too, choose to get Zapped!