Sitting around our living room teary eyed, our team of leaders are glued to the tv. We have gathered at our Thailand base to launch a new ministry season and God is speaking to us about walking in greater integrity and strength. The tv show making us, and 18 million others, cry, is the CBS Undercover Boss story of Joel Manby, an influential Christian leader and his commitment to building up others – in the marketplace of American entertainment. Joel has experienced criticism and discouragement by bosses who should know better, yet chose Christlikeness as his own leadership model – and the results are amazing.
The following three media offerings depict the succession of Herschend Family Entertainment, the largest privately owned theme park company in the US, to new CEO, Joel Manby. Guaranteed to inspire, this study begins with Andy Stanley’s podcast interview of Joel ‘Love Works‘, then you could take a look at Joel’s book, ‘Love Works‘ (in the secular marketplace), followed by the CBS reality show ‘Undercover Boss’. This episode of Undercover Boss very unique – the employees of Herschend’s theme parks love and admire their CEO and the final outcome is more than just a repentant boss’s monetary gifts benefiting the few employees who appeared on the show.
This is the story of one leader who leads for the benefit of those he leads!
Any Stanley’s podcast can be found on iTunes
‘Love Works’ by Joel Manby is a New York Times best seller and can be purchased online or in bookstores.
The CBS undercover Boss episode is hard to come by and I have not been able to purchase it online. There are many other great video interviews of the Herschend family and Joel Manby on You Tube. If you want to watch the full episode of ‘Undercover Boss’, just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s worth it.
The elder Herschends saw a suitable successor in Joel Manby? What are you looking for in a successor?