Who Gives This Child?

Several years ago, a Maritz Research survey revealed this alarming statistic: Only 12% of the American workforce feels like they work for a company that actually cares about them. In other words, seven out of every eight people go home each day feeling unappreciated or  unfulfilled to face the challenges at home.

As business leaders, we have a responsibility to be stewards of the lives under our care. It was in a rather unusual setting that this realization first came to me. This video tells the story…

To see Bob Chapman’s entire Truly Human Leadership TEDx speech, click here.

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.


  • Sarah Kondratuk says:

    “As business leaders, we have a responsibiity to be stewards of the lives under our care,” I truly believe in that, and hope to see that it happens in all companes, with all leaders.
    When family members give their loved ones at the door, it is their hope that the people inside will treat them with respect, listen to them, and support them fully. It has a powerful ripple effect throughout entire families when it works, but also when it doesn’t.

  • christinavaliquette says:

    Hello, Bob. I heard your message at the Tappi meeting this evening, and we spoke briefly afterward. I told you a little about the John Maxwell team and how his coaches and speakers are getting his message out and asked you about your book. What I didn’t tell you was my take away for the evening and what would motivate me to take your message to the world and that is that I wish I would have heard your message before my mom died five years ago, and I wish I would have learned to listen to her instead of talk at her. Listening, which requires caring and time and energy is a central part of your message, and it’s a central part of John Maxwell’s and one that we teach from his book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. Communication is a central part of leadership and of every relationship we have. Thank you for honoring your calling and for using your energy for your message of People-Centric leadership. I look forward to learning from you and sharing your message. Best regards.

    • Bob Chapman says:

      Christina: Thank you for your wonderful message. It has been a real discovery for us to realize the impact of listening to those we care about, to those we meet, and to those with whom we work. More than 1000 people have taken our Communications Skills Course in Barry-Wehmiller University, our internal learning institute, and most have reported it was “life changing.” They said it made them aware that communication is less about talking and more about listening…being truly present when someone is talking with you and therefore validating their worth! It has become apparent to me that our education system doesn’t teach the invaluable life skill of listening and therefore we have a world that doesn’t know how to live in harmony where we think of others first and validate the worth of every individual by listening. It is one of the most powerful learnings we have come across during this journey!

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