Monday, July 13, 2015

Delivering Happiness

Jenn Lim - Photo credit:
As Generation X gradually becomes the new leaders in all areas of society, we are making paradigm shifts in order to make the world truly better.  One of those areas that is becoming truly better is the business world. Tony Hsieh and Jenn Lim are two extraordinary Gen Xers who have created their own path to building a major company that has been successful for reasons far beyond just profits.  And instead of just keeping their ideas to themselves, they have decided to share it with the world....

Jenn was a part of the team at who proved that happier employees = happy employees = profitable/sustainable business (and most importantly meaningful lives)

One paradigm shift that has taken place as a result of Generation X leadership in the work place is that a company can have a higher purpose beyond just profits.  Another shift that has taken place is the idea that people can be genuinely happy and deeply connected to others they work with.  This is one of many reasons why I am amazed at the way Gen X business trail blazers have chosen to try and create a significantly better environment for people who work for them even in large corporate settings.  As Xers, know what it is like to experience dead-end jobs as we built lives for ourselves in our younger years, we are the ones who are largely responsible for building the internet, and we are the ones who rode the wave and still managed to get back up on our feet afterwards.  Who better than Gen X to change what it means to have good job and as an extension of that, a better life?

Both Jenn Lim and Hsieh are interested in making the world a better place....

Tony Hsieh, picture credit: Wikipedia/

I recently had the chance to read Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose written by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos which is full of so much practical wisdom. Tony has put many of his ideas into real life practice as far as building a tribe and having meaningful connection to others, following the golden rule/living altruistically, and going above and beyond to serve people.   If all businesses could follow this kind of thinking, then everyone connected to businesses either as clients, as employees, or as vendors, would all have an incredibly different experience of their day to day life.

The Delivering Happiness movement started as a book, and now it is a company with a mission to connect people and ideas around the world to spread and inspire happiness.  Jenn Lim is the CEO of Delivering Happiness - a company founded to inspire science-based happiness at home, work, and in everyday life.

The stuff these people are doing is so groundbreaking, you should probably just head on over and check it out directly...recently Tony and Jenn have created a cool new video series - The Delivering Happiness Academy.  They are excited about sharing their ideas with the world through this course, and they've created a short video of info they learned while building the Zappos company: