If you’re looking for your next great business read, look no further – Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family launches TODAY! It’s not only an enlightening book, but one filled with touching personal stories of real employees whose lives were changed for the better forever when they began working at Barry-Wehmiller, a capital equipment and engineering consulting firm led by CEO Bob Chapman, who believes in Truly Human Leadership.
Starting in 1997, Bob and Barry-Wehmiller have pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity and business performance. The company utterly rejects the idea that employees are simply functions, to be moved around, “managed” with carrots and sticks, or discarded at will. Instead, Barry-Wehmiller manifests the reality that every single person matters, just like in a family. In the book, co-authors Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia (the co-author of Conscious Capitalism) offer clear steps to transform businesses and organizations and create cultures where everybody matters.
Read this great excerpt from the book detailing one man’s story – Ken from Green Bay, Wisconsin – who spent years working on and off for a local paper company called PCMC. During the times the company laid him off, Ken had to collect empty soda cans in order to have enough money for diapers for his son and gas for the car. After years of working in a truly toxic environment, PCMC was acquired by Barry-Wehmiller, and boy did things quickly turn around for Ken!
Bob and Raj’s messages perfectly align with all that we believe at The Container Store – that putting employees first not only creates happiness for those employees and their families, but it actually makes them more engaged, harder-working and more dedicated – resulting in better outcomes for the business and all of its stakeholders!
If you need one more reason to order the book today, here’s what our Chairman and CEO, Kip, had to say about it:
“Through Everybody Matters, Bob and Raj beautifully illustrate the important intersection of business and the true essence of the human spirit. Barry-Wehmiller and its leaders recognize the massive role that work plays in determining people’s self-worth. They understand and embrace that people want to go to work and feel valued, they want to work alongside other caring people and feel great about what they’ve accomplished. When they feel better about themselves, they go home and treat their families, their friends and their communities better. 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.”