Friday, September 26, 2014
Book Review - Love Works
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. 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?
My Take on the Book
As a leader sometimes you are made to think you have to choose between the bottom line and the people that you interact with. This book makes you reconsider and consider what might happen if you set aside profit and focus on the people instead. I picked this book up and could not put it down. The principles are sound and made complete sense. The idea of using love, kindness and caring in a company is foreign in many businesses, but just think what it would be like to work for such a company. I know that I for one would love this opportunity and would learn so much more from working there too. The book is inspiring and after finishing, I found myself thinking deeply about what I could do in my own workplace to change the climate to something similar. I am planning on passing this book on so others can read and learn from these principles too, and I encourage others to do the same!
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