Written by cycleguy on March 19th, 2013


No…not that kind!  Maybe Epilogue would have been better to use, but you gotta admit, seeing Appendix as a title is a little more eye-catching than Epilogue.  🙂  This is the final week of the shared book discussion with Jon “Stretched” Stolpe about the book Love Works by Joel Manby.  My plan today is simply give a short recap of the principles of this book.    If you look at the calendar on the right of my blog and start at Jan 8th to the present date, you will be able to read each post I wrote about the book (or wait until the end).

Several people have given their endorsement of this book.

“A must-read for leaders who care.”  Joe Kennedy, CEO & President, Pandora Radio

“Love is not a word heard in many business school classes. but if you read Joel’s book, you’ll see that leading with love can transform a company’s culture. It’s about lifting up each other as well as the bottom line.  You can have it both ways.”  Jim Apple, President & CEO, Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc.

“Joel Manby is the ‘real deal’ leader-the boss we all longed to work for.  I wish I had read this book early in my career.”  Rick Woolworth, Former Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

“There has never been a leadership book that has so impressed me and so touched me as deeply as Love Works.  Whether a pastor, a CEO, a church planter, or a director in some office, the principles in Love Works work.  These seven leadership principles will revolutionize and transform where you spend a good part of your day.”   Bill Grandi, Lead Pastor of Owen Valley Christian Fellowship, Spencer, IN.

Yeah, that is wrong!  🙂  But it it true!  The seven principles of Leadership by Love are as follows:

PATIENT: Having self-control

KIND: Showing encouragement

TRUSTING: Placing confidence in people

UNSELFISH: Thinking less of yourself

TRUTHFUL:  Being honest as individuals and as a company

FORGIVING: Releasing the grip of the grudge

DEDICATED: Sticking to your values

The final week I talked about choice-how each of us has to make a choice as to how we will treat others and how we will act.   I simply cannot minimize its effect upon me and my leadership.  I still have a long way to go, I know, but these principles will help make my remaining years (however long or short) effective ones.

The ultimate compliment: OVCF is hosting “Owen After Hours,” a gathering of local business people from our community.  We are giving away 25 copies to the first 25 companies who ask for one.  Check out Jon’s blog for his recap.  Meanwhile, may I ask you to share one thing, one principle, that meant the most to you? 

Thanks for joining in these past 2 months. I appreciate it.



33 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    I have heard a few things from your series of posts that did not resonate with me and even sounded, dare I say, more than a bit simple-minded and naive. A business is not a love in and not all people bring 100% of themselves to work each day or give a rat’s behind about their performance. Such folks whose attitude or skill level negatively impact the work need to be dealt with quickly and in a no nonsense manner that leaves no doubt as to what is expected and what will happen to them if they don’t make immediate improvements.

    That said, I am still intrigued by your series and have left this book on my list to check out. Perhaps if I give it a fair chance, it will help me in my day-to-day life of dealing with folks.

    • cycleguy says:

      I definitely understand what you are saying Daniel. I reckon I need to clarify that I know no business is a love in and sometimes tough decisions have to be made. I do believe the principle of love can still be brought to the table in the way even that discipline is handled, or even expectations are presented. I do hope you will still check out the book. I may have given a somewhat simplistic view of it and loving leadership.

  2. Jon Stolpe says:

    Thanks for the chance to link up these past 10 weeks. My post will go live at 5AM EST (3/20).

  3. Today’s is the only comment I’ve caught about this book but I must say it is a refreshing twist. I have a very hard time when it goes the opposite direction and I hear pastors and elders speaking of running a church like a business. That leaves me with a cold feeling about a church when I hear that or get that feeling. Maybe running a business with love makes a little more sense. I certainly have tried to make MY part in any business I’ve been involved in over the years to be loving. I’ve just not considered, nor had the power to enact such a campaign company-wide.

    Sounds like an interesting read.

    • cycleguy says:

      As soon as I read your comment i wanted to shout from the rooftops. I was a pastor in the 90s when the pastor as the CEO became all the rage. I rejected it then; I reject it now. We are shepherds not CEOs. I cringe when people talk about running the church like a business. Sound business practices do need to be enacted, especially the financial area, but I am a pastor not a CEO. Thank you for a great comment MS. I like your style. 🙂

  4. Trusting has to be the one I like best. I think that shows a lot to the people you lead.

  5. Jeff says:

    I agree these are all good qualities for people to have when interacting with other people. I think they are far from all of the tools a leader needs to have in his tool box.
    A Church/Business and a Pastor/CEO are entirely different things with entirely different goals and policies and procedures to meet those goals. A Pastor is much more of a servant and a CEO is much more of a rule maker, planner, and a dictator to some extent.
    A CEO needs to be much more tolerant of his employees beliefs and lifestyles and a lot less tolerant of persons work habits and output. A Pastor deals with everyone and a CEO deals with those that can pull their weight and discards/discounts the rest.
    I think the premise of the book is a bit of a stretch.

    • cycleguy says:

      I deeply appreciate your comparison/clarification of the differences Jeff. Coming from someone in the business world it is good to hear. Although I do disagree with your last statement since Joel is a CEO. 🙂

  6. floyd says:

    Wow. Those are some strong recommendations! The one principle that stands out to me is “unselfishness.” I think all others fall under that heading. It is the original sin that we are all born into and fight the entire time in this fallen flesh. I tend to over simplify things, but that is my opinion.

    • cycleguy says:

      Especially that last one right? 😀 You are right though. Selfishness is part of us and unselfishness is against the grain and worth fighting for. Appreciate your thoughts Floyd.

  7. Debbie says:

    What a great idea .. the Owens After Hours is! 🙂 Wonderful! As I read back over these, I think trusting is a good one for me to remember especially too . ..and forgiving is always big! Thank you and God bless!

    • cycleguy says:

      I have been taking part for over a year in the Owen After Hours. Am hoping it is a good thing for us. Glad you have looked back through the posts Deb.

  8. tcavey says:

    All these principles are good. I’m reading the book now and each time I finish a chapter I think it was my favorite…until I read the next.

  9. Betty Draper says:

    Maybe “love” is too strong a word in the secular circle, “caring” would fit better in the world. I found the book refreshing and would love to work for someone who cared for their employees in such a way that they enjoyed going to work. That would make me want to do my best and at the same time show up those who only want a paycheck without really working.

    I am impressed at your efforts to get the principals of the book out to business people. It will surprise them for most business are use to Christian wanting something for some project they are hosting. So to give them something such as the book and a
    challenge will be a pleasant surprise.

    A christian owning a business more would be expected of them just as being a christian working for someone. All who are believers are called to a higher standand then the world has. The expectation for us as believers is those seven principals. People are watching us if we claim to be a follower of Christ no matter our role in life. Being a COTK…Child of the King is a much higher role then being the CEO of a company. Jesus is our example…even though it may sound simple to some but our CEO created the world and all that is within it. He is a pretty tough CEO too…He said we will reap what we sow. Ok, enough, I need to talk to my CEO and praise God there is no waiting line, He is always on call.

    • cycleguy says:

      Glad you found the book refreshing Betty. I certainly did as well. Praying some good results from getting the book out. I agree with you about the expectations also. Thanks for the insightful comment.

  10. cycleguy says:

    Hey everyone! It is almost 2:00 my time (EST) and I am heading out the door for a Catalyst OneDay conference at Lexington, KY. I will be mostly incommunicado except for approving comments so please don’t be offended if i don’t answer your comments in a timely way. prayers for the trip will be appreciated.

  11. Duane Scott says:

    I’m a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to participate. Sounds like an amazing book!

  12. Nice endorsement 🙂 It’s definitely on my radar now.

  13. Dan Black says:

    Your series has really reminded me to care and love other people. It’s not that I was not loving or caring but now I’m more intentional about showing it to others. Wonderful post and series Bill!

  14. Mike says:

    For me I think that the principle of a leader being a servant is the most important. Not as someone who caves and gives into whatever others might want, but someone who leads by example. Also when that leader’s focus is to clear the road and provide necessary tools for others to do what they need to do.

    • cycleguy says:

      After listening to Andy Stanley this past week, I have had that cemented even more into my heart and idea of leadership Mike. If we forget we are servant’s we have lost.

  15. I was impacted by the idea of thinking of yourself less – I think mainly because that’s an area that God has been working on me.