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Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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—RON SHAICH, founder, chairman and CEO, Panera Bread
"Bob and Raj beautifully illustrate the important intersection of business and the true essence of the human spirit. One company, one employee at a time, Barry-Wehmiller is changing the world—and the world of business! If this model can be successful in manufacturing, it can be successful anywhere."
—KIP TINDELL, chairman and CEO, The Container Store
"It is almost impossible for me to adequately convey my admiration, excitement, and incredulity. . . . To give people the power and freedom to care for each other, to trust that people want to do well and be good . . . and to see how these things create value for everyone—it doesn’t get better than that. I have (happy) tears in my eyes as I write this."
—AMY CUDDY, associate professor, Harvard Business School
"Is it possible to run a successful business without treating people like numbers? Can a corporate culture of mistrust and insecurity be transformed into one of caring and fulfillment? Everybody Matters answers these questions with an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ If you’re ready for a new way of doing business, this is the book for you."
—DANIEL H. PINK, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive
"When it comes to maximizing potential, Chapman and his team at Barry-Wehmiller have it figured out. This deeply moving and practical book will have you asking yourself ‘Why haven’t we been doing this?’ Now you can begin tomorrow!"
—JACK CANFIELD, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul® at Work and The Success Principles™
"Everybody Matters simply blew me away. This is THE book that practically every corporate CEO in North America has been breathlessly waiting for . . . even if they don’t yet know it!"
—BOB BURG, coauthor of The Go-Giver
About the Author
BOB CHAPMAN is the chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a global capital equipment and engineering consulting company. A combination of almost eighty acquired companies spread among ten operating divisions around the world, Barry-Wehmiller’s vision is to use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman blogs about leadership and culture at www.trulyhumanleadership.com.
RAJ SISODIA is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. His most recent book is the Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism (with John P. Mackey, cofounder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market).
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William D. Anton, Ph.D.
In my career as a journalist - I was a contributing editor at Forbes and Financial World before that - and consultant I have visited hundreds of companies. I have not experienced the sheer 'It's good to be here' feeling that emanated from there.
PCMC is illustrative of Bob Chapman's approach so let me describe what happened.
It was a struggling manufacturing company affected by global competition and flight to low wage countries. It tried to join the band-wagon by offshoring some production to Brazil, but was not very successful. When their biggest customer all but demanded that the company move operations to China, the founding family owners gave up and Bob Chapman, CEO of the Barry Wehmiller Companies acquired it.
It had always been a traditional top-down company. Workers were laid off when order flow was low and re-hired when business picked up. The workers certainly noticed that executives were not subjected to this cycle of uncertainty, but no one paid much heed to them.
Everybody expected that more manufacturing would be shifted to China or some low-wage manufacturing country and a skeleton staff would remain in Green Bay. That was how acquirers worked, wasn't it?
The first whiff that this was a different breed of acquirer came when Chapman announced that, far from moving operations abroad, he was going to bring back the Brazilian offshoot to Green Bay.Read more ›
Indeed I did enjoy it.
I'd heard of the Barry-Wehmiller company before, having grown up in southern Illinois, it's a pretty familiar name to those close to the St. Louis metro area. But honestly - I had no idea that Barry-Wehmiller had so wholeheartedly embraced a philosophy of management that should be what lean managers strive for.
The only part of the book that bothered me was the point in the book when they decide to adapt lean methods into their culture...
"We scheduled a kickoff meeting in Green Bay with a group of senior leaders to lean about Lean and begin our continuous-improvement journey. On the first afternoon, a consultant gave an opening presentation on Lean. After forty-five minutes, I stood up and walked out of the room in frustration. The presentation was all about justifying bringing Lean tools into an organization because they help add to the bottom and get more out of people. The presenter actually said these words, "This will help you get more out of people." That's when I left the room...
...With fire in my voice, I said, "Brian, we are never going to have a Lean journey like that in our organization. We are not going to suck the life out of people and take advantage of them in that way. We are going to build a Lean culture focused on people or we're not going to do it at all."
First, bravo Mr. Chapman for being principled enough to follow your own compass. Second, I'm very sorry that was the "lean" you were introduced to.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this book very interesting and extremely thought provoking. The Golden Rule approach to the business practice was just what I have been searching for and offers many great... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Sidney B. Warner
Wonderful book, right on target. Bob focuses on the benefits of a people-centered culture that not only makes the workplace better, more productive and efficient but also helps... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Greg Gattman
A very comprehensive view of healthy leadership with the facts to support that function. I will revisit this book again and again.Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Harris
Great book about the journey of one corporation which evolves to find the true heart of leadership: Not success, but significance to it's people, it's community and finally, it's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brett Kim
This book literally leads you through a journey that once and for all time, establishes you don't need a memo from corporate to enable you to care for the people on your team. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larry Coppenrath
Amazing read of a successful business man working program of business as a force for good where co-creativity of all is celebrated and practiced. Whow!Published 2 months ago by Barbara K Rector