Zappos and Amazon: A Marriage Made in Shoe-Heaven?

I barely survived three “mergers” in my 27-year career. Most proved to be greedy land grabs motivated by impatient investors, stagnation or bored founders.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s new book, “Delivering Happiness,” and his stock sale to Amazon prove to me that some mergers may just be made in heaven.

Read this Inc. Magazine article and hear Tony’s first-hand account of the acquisition. Amazon’s willingness to offer a “quitting bonus” speaks volumes of the positive impact of Zappos’ culture on other successful organizations.

To what degree do your values and culture drive defining moments in your company?

If you rated yourself low on that question, order your copy of “Delivering Happiness” now. A “rags to riches” story well worth reading.

copyright 2010, Lisa Nirell.  All rights reserved.

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