'Undercover Boss' says people come before profits

Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Joel Manby, president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment and a participant on the CBS hit "Undercover Boss," spoke recently at a conference in Portland pointing out that while cutthroat tactics are often the norm in the business world, people of faith are responsible to a higher calling. When Manby went to work for Herschend, operators of 26 theme parks and entertainment properties, he learned “Business equals people, which equals relationships, which equals love. … I think that’s why there’s such low morale in our country and business spiraling down, because we forget about people.”

Agape love — the unconditional kind of love described in I Corinthians 13 — is a critical part of not only better living but also better working, a nationally known business leader told those assembled here for one of the Northwest’s biggest annual Christian events.

“Why should we love in the workplace? (Because) it was Jesus’ No. 1 commandment,” said Joel Manby April 6 at the Portland Good Friday Breakfast sponsored by the locally based international ministry Open Arms International.

Love Works, the title of Manby’s new book, was also the general theme for his talk to almost 1,300 people gathered for the breakfast at the Oregon Convention Center.

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