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Overview As reported in Business Week and on the Bill Moyers series, The Power of the Word, this is the long-awaited management primer, in poetry and prose, by James Autry. It might be the first truly honest and humane management book ever published.
In business, it is no longer necessary to sacrifice integrity and peace of mind in favor of profits. Successful Fortune 500 executive James A. Autry effectively explodes the myth that "nice guys finish last" in what is perhaps the most practical, honest and humane management book ever written -- an indispensable handbook that explores every aspect of the fine art of creative and caring leadership.A unique primer for business in the '90s, Love and Profit offers clear, direct and compassionate guidance, dealing situation by situation with the most difficult decisions every manager must inevitably face -- from motivating high achievers to letting nonproductive employees go. A rare and innovative work, it will enable you to manage brilliantly and profitably during the day ... and sleep well at night.
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Publishers Weekly - 07/06/1992
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More About James A. Autry
James A. Autry is the author of eleven books, the most recent of which was 2012's Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have. A former Fortune 500 executive and magazine editor, he now writes, lectures, and conducts workshops on Servant Leadership in this country and internationally. For one academic year, he held an endowed chair in leadership at Iowa State University and holds four honorary degrees. He describes this collaboration with his wife, Sally Pederson, as a great joy and hopes that spirit shines through the book itself. Sally J. Pederson is an advocate for children and adults with disabilities and a voice for progressive causes. She served as Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007 and is a former editor with Better Homes & Gardens magazine, where she met and married the love of her life, Jim Autry. This is her first book.
Reviews - What do customers think about Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership?
Great, fresh approach! Mar 4, 2007
I was delighted to find a book that puts "caring" and "leadership/management" together. At a time when so much emphasis is put on risk management in Personnel/Human Relations, it is reassuring and liberating to have support in using our natural instincts in our roles in management.
Cold lemonade on a hot afternoon Jul 17, 2002
As an in-house leadership development consultant for a large company, I read alot of management books. This one is truly a keeper! It isn't full of "fad", impossible ideas about exploiting employees, just ethical ideas to consider about people, in the workplace --what should that environment should be like and how should supervisors and managers contribute to creating and sustaining it.
Reading this book is like enjoying a cold lemonade on a hot afternoon. It is a fun and easy read that really makes you stop and consider the basic, critical, beliefs about how we should treat each other -- in the workplace or anywhere.
I strongly recommend this book, which considers both "love" and "profit" in the workplace -- it is neither an oxymoron nor illegal.
An excellent management guide! Aug 27, 1999
James Autry takes us right down to the fundemental source of good management and successful relationships: a deep and abiding respect for the people that we share our work and our lives with. A corporate culture is something that we create, one person at a time not some "evil other" that demands that we abandon our principles and our humanity.
Not a typical management book Jan 4, 1999
Much more applicable than the one-minute manager. For people who love their work.
A most humane perspective on the science of management. Jan 12, 1997
Like most middle managers, I sometimes feed compelled to read a management tome from time to time. Love and Profit is different! It proves that a financially successful company does not necessarily have an inverse relationship to one that is humane. Autry writes in short segments, usually of an anecdote from his career, and then analyzes it from a business perspective. There are a lot of Aha! moments in this book. This book shows us how we should treat others in all situations - which makes it all the more exceptional as a business book. The only reason there is a 9 in my rating is the poetry