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Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders Hardcover – April 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310335671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335672
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“So often we feel we have to choose between two desirable but apparently opposing objectives when leading organizations. Joel shows us how to be both loving and accountable; to be profitable and caring; to be effective and be giving. He has written Love Works as a businessman. But if government and some non-profits would apply just a fraction of his message in their leadership too, they would be both more effective and happier places.” -- Bill Haslem

From the Author

Leading with love is counterintuitive in today's business environment because it turns many so-called leadership principles upside-down. Yet the outpouring of support from people who had never even heard of HFE convinced me that while we might be doing something slightly crazy by leading with love, we were also doing something that people were hungry to be a part of.

More 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.

Customer Reviews

Leading with love at work is how we lead in our family life as well.
Richard Marks
In this book Joel provides insights into personal and organizational values that can lead to sustainable high performance by a committed, loyal family of employees.
J Spiegel
This book is very practical and raises many thoughtful points, yet is an easy read.
David W. Riddle

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Trilennium Productions on May 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Though I have interviewed more than a thousand authors over a 20+ career in radio and television, I have never written an Amazon review for any of their books, even those that I loved. I am doing so for Joel Manby's because I believe it could quickly and fundamentally change the way many leaders and executives run their businesses and organizations and to great, good effect for owners, employers and customers. When Congressman John Campbell gave me the book with the comment that he had read it in a single day I was intrigued. It took me two days --I didn't have a cross country flight as John did-- but immediately knew this book was the best leadership book I had read in more than a decade, and certain to profoundly impact readers. My radio audience who heard my interview with Joel on May 4 bought the book in great numbers, and I know I will replay the interview so that a different part of the audience hears it --a very rare nod to the excellence of a book. So do yourself and your organization a huge favor and get Love Works for yourself and for your entire leadership team. Hugh Hewitt
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Jacobsen on May 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Love Works is timely. In our economic climate, leaders can assume that they need to choose between profit and people. Joel Manby's thesis--backed up by decades of successful leadership--is different. A business run on timeless principles of love, like patience and kindness and truthfulness, can improve its bottom line and its relationships at the same time. Simply put, love actually works. This will be a refreshing read for anyone who feels that in order to succeed they must be a different person at work from who they truly want to be.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book articulates an approach to leadership that is the exception rather than the norm in business today. Love Works is an entertaining, quick read with compelling life examples to reinforce a message that could and should change US business culture. We all know profit is key to business, but Mr. Manby contends profits are maximized by exhibiting patience, empowerment and giving in the workplace. Results are achieved by people who want to produce as part of a team as opposed to forcing employees to produce through negative enforcers. Implement the pricipals outlined in this book and you will have success in life, business and your passions. Strongly recommend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Spiegel on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joel Manby in practice and in this writing represents the best of humanity. In this book Joel provides insights into personal and organizational values that can lead to sustainable high performance by a committed, loyal family of employees. The "Seven Timeless Principles" and the practical application of them are a foundation for achieving leadership success in our organizations and personal lives. Who would not what to dedicate his or her scarce working hours to such a leader?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dale Jones on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"As a global recruiter and advisor of Fortune 500 CEO's, I've read lots of books on leadership. I have found Love Works to be a remarkable narrative on how timeless principles can transform an organization. It's a game changer to move leaders beyond Love as a feeling to Love as an action which delivers sustainable business results. Here Love is a critical competence for effective leadership. It surprises many that Love Works actually works in the global marketplace of the 21st Century. The idea may appear to be simple and obvious at first blush but many leaders miss it and suffer greatly for it. Carpe Diem."

Dale E Jones
Vice Chairman
Heidrick & Struggles
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Withrow on May 18, 2012
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Joel Manby really knows his subject.

His first job out of college was as a plant foreman at a GM truck plant in Pontiac, Michigan, where he was exposed to the toxic and adversarial relationship that existed between the UAW membership and the management. Fortunately, he later had the opportunity to serve under the legendary Skip LeFauve during the birth of the revolutionary Saturn automotive experiment, where he witnessed first-hand the transforming power of 'agape' love, trust, kindness, and true respect in the workplace. Joel was able to obtain a unique perpective of Saturn because he left Saturn "corporate" after the launch of the first car to run (and partially own) four Saturn retail outlets. He had already seen the effect of Skip LeFauve's strong belief in kindness and trust instilled in the corporate leaders, field organization, and UAW plant workers at Saturn's plant in Spring Hill, TN, who were enthused about their jobs. Such "soft" concepts were considered heresy in the hard-boiled world of automotive management. But after he moved to the dealership level where "the rubber hit the road", literally, he witnessed the same kindness and enthusiasm. The dealership owners believed in the mission and were kind and respectful to their sales and service team members who in turn treated the final customer well.

But did organization-wide love, trust, and kindness actually WORK?

Well, judge for yourself. Within only short four years after launch, the Saturn brand:
* was number two in overall retail sales in America.
* was number one in dealer satisfaction according to the main arbiter, J.D. Power and Associates.
* had the highest resale value (percent of sticker price) of ANY car in ANY class.
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