Sharing Our Message: Everybody Matters


Because seven out of eight people believe the company they work for does not care about them.

Because everybody should have the opportunity to use their gifts and talents toward a shared vision.

Because people should not be merely a means to a company’s financial success.

Because people want to be led, not managed.

Because everyone deserves the chance to return home from work each day feeling fulfilled by the work that they do.

When we launched this Truly Human Leadership blog two and a half years ago, we stated those Whys near the top of this site. We felt it was important for our readers to understand our motivation in sharing the stories of Barry-Wehmiller. Everywhere we looked we were seeing the brokenness of business: layoffs and downsizings, surveys showing abysmal employee engagement, reports of the effect of workplace stress on our health and wellbeing. As author and consultant Tony Schwartz likes to say, “The way we’re working isn’t working.”

Meanwhile, at Barry-Wehmiller, we were seeing the tremendous Because people should not be merely a means to a company’s financial success. Click To Tweetimpact of Truly Human Leadership. Through our commitment to creating a people-first culture, we had transformed our traditional business into one in which both the business and our people were thriving.

We felt compelled to share our story outside our walls! By sharing the insights and lessons learned throughout Barry-Wehmiller’s transformation via this blog, we hoped to inspire other leaders to consider a better way to lead.  In essence, we could do our part to change the world!

Today, it gives me great pleasure to introduce another exciting way we will soon be sharing our message. Our book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, is scheduled for release on October 6, 2015. Filled with stories and lessons learned along Barry-Wehmiller’s journey, this book offers clear steps to transform businesses and organizations and create cultures where everybody matters.

We invite you to explore the book’s website and share it with anyone who might be interested. (To read an excerpt, click the link on the homepage.) Over the next few months, we’ll continue to share updates on the book’s progress on my blog as well as profiles of some of the people featured in Everybody Matters.

Our Whys remain the same, as does our steadfast commitment to changing the world. We hope you’ll join us on the journey.

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

1 Comment

  • mick says:

    I heard Bob Chapman talking on radio 4 in the night (october 2015) and it really was an epiphany for me. It was one of the most radical approaches I have heard to positive work-place culture.Of course it was common sense ,but sadly we live in a world where common sense might be regarded as eccentric,idealistic, left-field or just plain crazy.

    Of course tribute should be paid to historic management figures particularly in the Quaker community who treated employees with respect but this often depended on employees adhering to certain moral codes in their private lives.

    As someone who caught the tail end of counter-culture I have to say that many of the idealistic paradigms of that era depended on a withdrawal from the world .What I loved about listening to Mr Chapman was this was very much about engaging with the world . Putting humanity at the heart of commercial life.

    I might have some caveats based on my own experience on the ability of certain employees to respond in a positive manner to mr Chapman’s outlook. A minority-maybe a sizeable one- might see this positive management culture as one that can be exploited or taken advantage of ,but this is a side issue.

    As someone who has worked in the nhs ,where conscientous front-line clinical workers are treated like any other disposable medical item ,particularly since the administrative cadre took hold and grew exponentially since about 1980. I intend to send a copy of Mr Chapman’s book to the Health Minister for christmas !

    I really feel so refreshed after hearing Mr Chapman in the early hours of this morning.

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