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"Profit matters, but people matter more. Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia use real-world examples to illustrate how the humanity so often absent in today’s boardrooms is actually a direct path to sustained growth. It’s a message that should be taken to heart by business leaders everywhere."
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591847796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591847793
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia have created in Everybody Matters is not only a beautiful and enduring message but so much more. It challenges each of us to embrace our own inner genius and liberate unselfish power in ourselves and others. Robert Kiel in Return on Character empirically demonstrated the business and personal benefit of virtuous leadership, and Bob Chapman offers a living example of how it can be done. When a leader is obsessed with creating a culture that puts people first everyone benefits--the leader, the workforce, the customer and ultimately society itself. Knowing yourself as you truly are connects you with the deepest sense of what is right and transforms you into a person who is profoundly connected with others. This is the inner transformation that embeds you in a sublime ecosystem where others thrive and where your expectations routinely exceed your wildest dreams. Everybody Matters extends the gifts of trust and empathy enjoyed by those fortunate enough to be part of Barry-Wehmiller to all of us. Read it, buy it for those you value and experience the transformative power for yourself.
William D. Anton, Ph.D.
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In the summer of 2013 I flew to Green Bay, Wisconsin, with Bob Chapman. I visited PCMC, the company profiled in the beginning of "Everybody Matters." Many, many workers at all levels of hierarchy spoke to me and two other visitors who were with me. They narrated their stories and how the near death of the company a few years earlier had affected them.

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.
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I had an opportunity to read an early copy and I must say, every person in a leadership position should read this book. Many of us have looked for a very long time for a book that is serious about business but also holds up a bright light to the dignity of each person in every organization. This is that book. I can't give it a high enough recommendation. Wow. Just wow.
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This is a must read book for seasoned leaders, high potential leaders and entrepreneurs who want to figure out how to do business while staying true to your highest values. The story of Bob Chapman, CEO of the Barry Wehmiller Company, and his leadership team provide an inspiring story of business caring for its people and achieving year after year of outstanding business performance. For thirty eight years, I have been an international organization development consultant and trainer, these stories and practical tools in Everybody Matters are now an essential part of my practice and how to be in the world. Thank you Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia for providing powerful evidence that leaders can create work environments where people are happy to go to work even on Monday. Your book is filled with invaluable lessons on how to transform work through conscious, caring leadership.
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I had a colleague this past week suggest I read this book they'd stumbled upon 'cause apparently, "This guy sounds just like you!".

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.
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