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James Autry

Leadership Expert; Former Fortune 500 Business Executive; Author,Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning

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James Autry Biography

James Autry, a former Fortune 500 business executive, is a noted lecturer and the author of ten books, eight of which are about business: Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership, Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning, Confessions of an Accidental Businessman, Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching, Servant Leader, and The Spirit of Retirement. Confessions of an Accidental Businessman, a collection of his memoirs, was one of five finalists in the 1996 Financial Times' Booz, Allen, & Hamilton Global Business Book Awards and also received a lengthy, favorable review in USA Today's Money bookshelf.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Autry grew up in Mississippi, the son and grandson of Baptist ministers and a painter. As a young man, he worked as a reporter, photographer, musician, student tutor, copy boy, farm hand, and Teletype operator, among other occupations. After graduating from the state university in Oxford, he was a jet fighter pilot in France for four years. Following his military service, Autry joined the magazine group for Meredith Corporation, responsible for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies Home Journal. He worked his way up the ranks to become the president of the corporation.

Autry has received many awards and distinctions, among them the distinguished alumnus award for the University of Mississippi, being inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1981, the Headliner Award from Women in Communication in 1990, a doctorate in Literature from William Jewel College in 1991, and the Missouri State Medal of Honor in 1991. He has also received considerable national attention as one of the poets featured on Bill Moyers’ special series, "The Power of the Word," on PBS. He was featured in two videos, "Love and Profit," which won a Telly Award, and "Life and Works."

Currently, he is a business consultant with top corporations and is a very popular speaker and workshop leader. He specializes in leadership and management, particularly in creating a workplace in which people can do good work, can find meaning in their work, and can share in the rewards--not just the professional and financial rewards, but the psychological, emotional, and spiritual rewards of a job well done. He specializes in creating workplaces of honesty, openness, and trust.

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Love and Profit: Finding the Balance in Life and Work: Mr. Autry will address the vital subject of balance and how every manager must always be working to achieve it, not only in his or her own life but also in relationships with colleagues and employees. Autry will also offer specific, instructive guidelines for how to create a work environment in which people can grow personally, feel fulfilled, contribute to the common good, and can share in the psychological, emotional, and spiritual--as well as the professional and financial--rewards of a job well done, resulting in greater employee satisfaction, effectiveness and productivity.

Putting the Spirit of Work to Work: There is much talk about spirituality and work but what does it really mean to be a spiritual person and a businessperson at the same time? Is there a spiritual way to show anger? How do you maintain and manifest your spiritual values while doing all the tough things of organizational life, such as giving negative appraisals or even firing people? Author James Autry, who spent 30 years in management with a Fortune 500 company, addresses these and other difficult questions in this down-to-earth, in-the-trenches presentation.

Servant Leadership—The Servant Leader: Leadership is a calling. And servant leadership ... the idea that managing with respect, honesty, love, and spirituality will empower employees ... helps you answer that calling. This remarkable journey helps you uncover a set of skills and ideals that will transform the way you do business. It helps you nurture the needs and goals of those who look to you for leadership. The result is a more productive, successful, and happier organization, and a more meaningful life for you.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James Autry for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for James Autry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James Autry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK James Autry?

    Booking fees for James Autry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James Autry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR James Autry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Autry for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James Autry for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James Autry or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Autry or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Leadership Expert; Former Fortune 500 Business Executive; Author,Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning

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James Autry Biography

James Autry, a former Fortune 500 business executive, is a noted lecturer and the author of ten books, eight of which are about business: Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership, Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning, Confessions of an Accidental Businessman, Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching, Servant Leader, and The Spirit of Retirement. Confessions of an Accidental Businessman, a collection of his memoirs, was one of five finalists in the 1996 Financial Times' Booz, Allen, & Hamilton Global Business Book Awards and also received a lengthy, favorable review in USA Today's Money bookshelf.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Autry grew up in Mississippi, the son and grandson of Baptist ministers and a painter. As a young man, he worked as a reporter, photographer, musician, student tutor, copy boy, farm hand, and Teletype operator, among other occupations. After graduating from the state university in Oxford, he was a jet fighter pilot in France for four years. Following his military service, Autry joined the magazine group for Meredith Corporation, responsible for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies Home Journal. He worked his way up the ranks to become the president of the corporation.

Autry has received many awards and distinctions, among them the distinguished alumnus award for the University of Mississippi, being inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1981, the Headliner Award from Women in Communication in 1990, a doctorate in Literature from William Jewel College in 1991, and the Missouri State Medal of Honor in 1991. He has also received considerable national attention as one of the poets featured on Bill Moyers’ special series, "The Power of the Word," on PBS. He was featured in two videos, "Love and Profit," which won a Telly Award, and "Life and Works."

Currently, he is a business consultant with top corporations and is a very popular speaker and workshop leader. He specializes in leadership and management, particularly in creating a workplace in which people can do good work, can find meaning in their work, and can share in the rewards--not just the professional and financial rewards, but the psychological, emotional, and spiritual rewards of a job well done. He specializes in creating workplaces of honesty, openness, and trust.

Most Requested Topics:

Love and Profit: Finding the Balance in Life and Work: Mr. Autry will address the vital subject of balance and how every manager must always be working to achieve it, not only in his or her own life but also in relationships with colleagues and employees. Autry will also offer specific, instructive guidelines for how to create a work environment in which people can grow personally, feel fulfilled, contribute to the common good, and can share in the psychological, emotional, and spiritual--as well as the professional and financial--rewards of a job well done, resulting in greater employee satisfaction, effectiveness and productivity.

Putting the Spirit of Work to Work: There is much talk about spirituality and work but what does it really mean to be a spiritual person and a businessperson at the same time? Is there a spiritual way to show anger? How do you maintain and manifest your spiritual values while doing all the tough things of organizational life, such as giving negative appraisals or even firing people? Author James Autry, who spent 30 years in management with a Fortune 500 company, addresses these and other difficult questions in this down-to-earth, in-the-trenches presentation.

Servant Leadership—The Servant Leader: Leadership is a calling. And servant leadership ... the idea that managing with respect, honesty, love, and spirituality will empower employees ... helps you answer that calling. This remarkable journey helps you uncover a set of skills and ideals that will transform the way you do business. It helps you nurture the needs and goals of those who look to you for leadership. The result is a more productive, successful, and happier organization, and a more meaningful life for you.

James Autry Videos

  • 6-16-15 Author James Autry
  • Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities December 14, 2012 Full Show
  • Poet James Autry on Issues of Art and Heart - YouTube

FAQs on booking James Autry

  • How to book James Autry?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James Autry for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for James Autry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James Autry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book James Autry?

    Booking fees for James Autry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James Autry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for James Autry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Autry for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James Autry for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James Autry or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Autry or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

James Autry is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book James Autry for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. James Autry generally travels from IA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cheryl Richardson, Dr. Jack Groppel, Amanda Gore, Michael Broome and Linda Armstrong Kelly. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James Autry for an upcoming live or virtual event.

James Autry Speaker Videos

  • 6-16-15 Author James Autry
    Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities December 14, 2012 Full Show
  • Poet James Autry on Issues of Art and Heart - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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