by Joel Manby is one of the best business books I have ever read. I wept a few times while I was reading it.
Joel is the Chairman of Herschend Family Entertainment.
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. In Love Works, Joel Manby introduces us to the power of agape 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?
If you want to be a real leader, be sure to purchase and read Love Works.
Upon graduating from Albion, Manby worked at General Motors and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He was a part of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation and was instrumental in launching Saturn's innovative marketing and distribution strategy. After a few years with Saturn, Manby was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA. During his four-year tenure, Saab's sales increased by 67 percent and their J.D. Power Quality Rating jumped from 30th to 5th in the industry.
While at Saab, Manby was asked to be on the board for Herschend Family Entertainment. He later became chairman and has served as the President and CEO since 2003.
Manby is a strong proponent of servant leadership. His role with Herschend Family Entertainment was featured in the CBS show Undercover Boss. The overwhelming response he received afterward from people all over the world, sparked the writing of his book, Love Works. Love Works provides the framework for successful leadership through the implementation of seven principles , challenging leaders to allow integrity and faith to guide their decisions.
Committed for more than half a century to Creating Memories Worth Repeating®, we work daily to create wholesome, immersive entertainment experiences with soul and depth. Experiences for every generation of your family. Sometimes thrilling. Sometimes lighthearted. Always distinctive. Our award-winning theme parks, entertainment and attractions aim to inspire happiness and family bonding.
Today, we are considered the largest family-owned themed attractions corporation. Our parks and attractions are from coast to coast. Our team of more than 10,000 employees creates, develops and operates entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties that currently span 26 locations in ten states.
We take great pride in owning and partnering in leading theme parks including Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and Dollywood in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains of which Dolly Parton is our partner. We also have a subsidiary, FE Management Company, responsible for commercially and creatively managing parks for other holding entities.
Most recently, we welcomed the legendary Harlem Globetrotters to our team. A complement to our family-friendly portfolio of businesses, the Globetrotters open the door for expansion into new media, audiences and markets.