Everybody Matters Podcast Ep. 55: Jeffrey Pfeffer

“Most leaders understand their influence on team members’ lives during work hours, but often enough, they don’t think about how their leadership affects team members outside of the workplace as well.”

I wrote this in a LinkedIn post several months ago about “The ROI of Caring.” The connection between leadership and health has been a major point in my speeches over the past few years. In fact, I once told a group of CEOs that they were the cause of the healthcare crisis in our country.

A friend of ours, Jeffrey Pfeffer has a new book, Dying for a Paycheck, a deep dive into the connection between the workplace and poor health. He recently had this to say about his book in an interview in Entrepreneur magazine:

I tell people all the time, they say, “Summarize your book in a sentence,” and I say, “The workplace is killing people, and nobody cares.” And to me, the second part is worse than the first. We do not care about human health and well-being. We do not care about human psychological physical health. We do not care about people. And until we change that orientation, it’s going to be ugly.

Much of Jeffrey’s book reinforces many of the things we’ve been saying for awhile. On this episode of the Everybody Matters Podcast, he talks about his book and explains how the workplace is killing people.

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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.

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