Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I'm Reading

My Thoughts

I had the privilege of hearing Joel speak at the Orange Conference this year and was immediately taken with his passion for this idea that love is part of his leadership of others. I couldn't wait to read his book and hear more about it.

In this book he shares what that looks like for him and how it can be applied for everyone. It began for him with a feeling of wanting more than the status quo in business. He longed to combine the person he was at work with the person he was outside of work.

He shared that leadership is about the bottom line and:

  • loving the people you work with
  • making the community a better place
  • feeling a sense of satisfaction at the end of every day
  • leading employees who can't imagine working anywhere else

The seven principles (patient, kind, trusting, unselfish, truthful, forgiving, and dedicated) he shares in this book are based on this scripture in the Bible:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

One of the things he shared in this book that really impacted me is actually something his mother said to him.

"Every time you walk past someone, you have an opportunity to make their day better or make their day worse."

What if we all looked at each interaction, no matter how short, as an opportunity to make a deposit into a person's emotional bank account?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who leads. Not just in business but anywhere. It will change how you lead.

About the Book

Before Joel Manby won the respect of America with his appearance on the CBS reality TV series Undercover Boss, he was a highly successful corporate executive. After the show aired, many of the 18 million viewers wrote to him about the profound impact of his servant leadership. How does a person achieve that level of success without arrogance or pride?

In Love Works, Joel Manby introduces us to the power of Christlike love in the workplace. After years of leading thousands of men and women, Manby has proven that leading with love is effective, even in a business environment. Manby challenges leaders to allow integrity and faith to guide leadership decisions, outlining seven time-proven principles that break down the natural walls within corporate cultures, empowering managers and employees, disarming difficulties, and cultivating an atmosphere that builds long-term success. Manby also leverages the undeniable truth that love builds healthy relationships at home---why not use the same behavior to build healthy relationships at work?

About the Author

Joel Manby is the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, the largest family owned theme park corporation in the U.S. In 2010, Joel was featured in an episode of Undercover Boss, in which he demonstrated his unique approach to leadership: Leading with love instead of power.

Prior to riding roller coasters, Joel was driving cars. He spent 20 years in the auto industry, most recently as CEO of Saab USA.

With over 30 years in leadership, Joel has seen the good, the bad and the ugly. He now shares the lessons he has learned from his triumphs and failures in his new book, Love Works.
You can purchase the book here:
Love Works - Amazon.

You can also connect with Joel Manby here:
Joel Manby - Facebook
and here:
Joel Manby - Twitter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


  1. love those principles.

    come say hi at and have a lovely day!


    1. Me too Nicholl! Stopped by today! Blessings!

  2. This book sounds exactly what I need to read. I love the principles from it! I will be sure to put it on my Amazon wish list. I hope you're having a wonderful day!

    1. Lucy it is definitely worth the read. It sounds so simple but it really is a radical way of leadership in this day and age that transfers to any area you are leading others (not just business). Hope you have having a fantastic day too friend! Blessings!

  3. Sounds like a good book. I am gonna add it to my must-reads in the future. Thanks for the share.

    I am your newest GFC follower from the blog hop. If you have a moment and would like to, you can visit me here The Things We Find Inside

    Thank you so much,

    1. It really is a great read Tami. Hope you enjoy it!

      Following you as well and LOVE the beach pics in your header! Beautiful! Looking forward to getting to know you better! Blessings!

  4. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I’m the newest follower of your blog via the hop, and I’d also like to invite you to check out an Amazon Giftcard Giveaway I’m having right now!

    Hope to see you there, and thank you!

    1. Thanks for the follow Martin! Am following you as well and look forward to reading more of what you share! Blessings!

  5. You always have such a wise perspective on books - this one looks great, love the quote!

    1. Thanks so much Erin! It really is such a wonderful bring that love into every area of our lives. Imagine...
      Blessings friend!


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