Kirby's Way: How Kirby and Caroline Risk Built Their Company on Kitchen-table Values by Angie Klink (Paperback, 2012)
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- DescriptionThe late J. Kirby Risk II called himself a small-town businessman from the banks of the Wabash. He was much more. The fastidious, dapper man from Lafayette, Indiana, exuded philanthropy and free enterprise. Like a sheepdog, he tended the flock, rounded up strays, darted to key places to close up stragglers, and nudged everyone toward a common goal. Sometimes his stubborn persistence caused clashes. His demanding behaviour was for good, matter what others thought. That was Kirby's way. Kirby's integrity was the basis for his two occupations. His first career was compassion, and his second career was the building of the battery company he cofounded in 1926 with $500 borrowed from his father. Today, Kirby Risk Corporation is a multimillion-dollar electrical products and services industry headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, and led by Kirby's son, Jim. Kirby's Way captures the essence of this imitable gentleman, who with his wife of fifty-five years, Caroline, raised four children, gave time, money, and meals to strangers, refugees, Purdue University students, and their beloved community, while building from their kitchen table a successful Midwest corporation. He believed in sacrificial service. Kirby ticed people. He recognised their importance. In turn, they loved him and wanted to help him. He dwelled on his favourite song, Mankind is My Business. Relationships shaped his success. Kirby was quiet about his deeds. He lived the Bible passage, Matthew 6:3-- But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly--do t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Kirby Risk may t have wanted this book. Yet he would have esteemed it as a parable, a spiritual truth that compels readers to discover certainties for themselves. From heaven, he tends the flock and rounds up strays, so more people might live Kirby's Way.
- Author BiographyAngie Klink is the author of the inspiring biography Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home. She also authored two lift-the-flap children's books, Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer (about Purdue University)and I Found U (about Indiana University). Her writing has been published in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Klink writes advertising copy, personal essays, and profiles. She has won forty American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards and an honorable mention in the 2007 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Klink has a BA in communication from Purdue University.
- Author(s)Angie Klink
- PublisherPurdue University Press
- Date of Publication15/07/2012
- SubjectBusiness, Accounting & Vocational: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationWest Lafayette
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPurdue University Press
- Content Noteblack & white halftones
- Weight431 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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