With apologies to Julius Caesar, Aron Ain*, CEO of Kronos, the workforce management software and services firm based in Lowell, Mass., embraces a caring and compassionate approach to managing his global team of nearly 6000. Kibitzing, celebrating, trusting and perhaps most importantly over-communicating are central themes of his first book Work Inspired. By taking a people-first approach, Ain has grown the company in 19 of the past 20 years (except 2009 during the financial crisis) to almost $1.5 billion in revenue.