Episode 234: Do for One What You Wish You Could Do for Everyone w/ Joel Manby

joel manby is the ceo and founder of love works llc

Have you ever considered what it would mean for your life and leadership to integrate “love the verb” into each day? This week’s guest, Joel Manby, has been a CEO for five companies and combines these experiences into his book, “Love Works.” Listen as he and Lisa discuss why integrating love into the foundation of your organization can foster grateful employees, impress customers, and drive business health.

Bio: Inspired by his 25+ years of experience as CEO of major corporations, Joel Manby wrote LoveWorks: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders, detailing how to integrate love, the verb, into the leadership ethos and philosophy of any organization. This servant leadership approach has been proven to systematically transform organizations toward lower turnover, higher employee engagement, greater customer satisfaction, and stronger profits. Love Works has sold over 100,000 copies and has been re-released in an expanded and updated version that bravely explores personal and professional challenges and failures.

Previously, Joel served as CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. He stepped in when SeaWorld was mired in a brand crisis and reset its vision and culture which improved attendance, employee engagement, customer trust, and profitability. For over a decade, he was the CEO of Herschend Enterprises, which managed over 20 entertainment properties including internationally respected brands such as the Harlem Globetrotters and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park. Prior to joining Herschend Enterprises, Joel spent 20 years in the auto industry and served as CEO of Saab Automobile during Saab’s U.S. turn around. He also led an Amazon start-up that introduced car sales to the internet.

Currently a Thought Leader for John Maxwell Leadership, Joel mentors, consults, and speaks on LoveWorks and the leadership lessons drawn from his career. For over 20 years, he has been the Chairman of Orange, a non-profit dedicated to the development and distribution of youth curriculum and leadership training to over 9,000 churches in 40+ countries. He has also served on the National Advisory Board of Salvation Army for over 10 years.

Joel received an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Albion College where he was valedictorian, an Academic All-American football player, and a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist. He and his wife Shannon reside in Naples, Florida.

Joel’s Something Extra:  “Every leader needs love the verb, not love the emotion. It is the energy of life and is the most important thing on Earth that we do. We all know the world needs it.”

Guest Links:


– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Jenny Heal, Podcast Coordinator
– Joe Szynkowski, Marketing Support
– Kendall Brewer, Director of Leadership Programs