Virtuous Businesses

Posted on January 6, 2012. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The library recently received some books on businesses that try to make a difference in today’s society and how they go about doing so. Come check them out!

book cover for Delivering HappinessDelivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh

  • “Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit
  • Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department
  • Focus on company culture as the #1 priority
  • Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business
  • Help employees grow-both personally and professionally
  • Seek to change the world
  • Oh, and make money too . . .

Sound crazy? It’s all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that’s doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer inFortunemagazine’s annual “Best Companies to Work For” list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, DELIVERING HAPPINESS shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Merchants of VirtueMerchants of Virtue: Herman Miller and the Making  of a Sustainable Company
by Bill Birchard

“Merchants of Virtue is about a band of people who determined to make their company a good global citizen. Herman Miller has been looking at some of the critical questions of our time – for the past 35 years: can business be sustainable? In an age where sustainability is key to future success, businesses must incorporate new strategies in order to give them the competitive edge. But, can employees in global companies make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money – all at the same time? The answer, as in so many stories of people working together, comes down to a principle of management.

At Herman Miller, sustainability triumphs because people commit and recommit themselves to the guiding light of company values and in turn changed the world of business. Here author Bill Birchard goes deep inside the organization to find out how Herman Miller has been accomplishing this goal – from the individuals who have become passionate about this topic – to the designers who incorporate ideas of sustainability into every product they create. Birchard shares not only the stories – but the details of how this remarkable effort has been accomplished” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

Start Something That Matters
by Blake Mycoskie

Blake talks in his book about how people can become entrepreneurs and still stick to their values and work towards a cause that matters to them. “Known as the founder of TOMS Shoes and as a contestant on The Amazing Race, Mycoskie uses his experience with TOMS, as well as interviews with leaders of non-profits and corporations, to convey valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, transparency of leadership, and living by one’s values” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).


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