“Everyone wants to do better. Trust them. Leaders are everywhere. Find them. People achieve good things, big and small, every day. Celebrate them. Some people wish things were different. Listen to them. Everybody matters. Show them.”
"...a deeper richer value exchange..."
The New York Times
"While businesses need to make a profit, it doesn't have to be at the expense of its people."
"...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..."
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"...improving the workplace can improve their lives..."
Read the book that will challenge the way you think about how to run a business and, above all, how to be an inspirational leader. See moreChapman and Sisodia share the lessons learned throughout the transformation of capital equipment and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller as well as Chapman’s own personal transformation as a leader. You’ll get an insider’s view of the steps Chapman and his team undertook to create a thriving organization where making people feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the organization’s shared purpose is the priority. You’ll be inspired and equipped with tangible actions to implement today to build an exceptional organization for tomorrow.
1. Why a book, why now and how long has this been in the works?
See answerBarry-Wehmiller’s vision states, “We measure success by the way we touch the lives of people.” It doesn’t say “Barry-Wehmiller” people. It is our desire to share our journey and lessons learned; the gifts we’ve been given or discovered, with the world. We were also routinely encouraged by influential people around the world to share our story. We found writing a book was an efficient and effective way of doing this. We also came to the realization that if we want a better world and we believe business has the unique opportunity to be the greatest force of good in our societies, we cannot do it alone. We need other organizations to implement these ideas to truly make a difference in this world. We’ve been working on this since August of 2014 and we’ve been fortunate to work with an amazing team of caring people from our co-author to our publisher and everyone in between. Hide answer
2. What is the book about?
See answerWhile the beginning of the book is about Bob Chapman’s life and decisions he made as a CEO, this is much more than a story of one person or one company. This is about Truly Human Leadership and its creation at Barry-Wehmiller and how business has the opportunity to be the greatest force for good in our societies. Most importantly, the book is about how any organization can implement the ideas with the same resulting impact that Barry-Wehmiller has seen. Hide answer
3. Who should read the book?
See answerCall us biased, but we think everyone should read this book! Anyone who desires to make a positive difference in the lives of others will benefit from reading this book. Hide answer
4. What is the hope for the book?
See answerFirst, that the words resonate with all BW associates on a personal level—after all, they were inspired by the culture and leadership model we aspire to live every day. We also hope that our story deeply influences the way people around the world lead and interact with others. Rather than just a survey or an overview of theories, we hope readers will see BW as a tangible example as what happens when you care for your people like family. We hope people will be inspired to share the read with others as a playbook to how business can be a force of tremendous good in our societies. And we hope that this book is inspirational and aspirational to our own associates as it is to readers outside the Barry-Wehmiller family. Hide answer
6. Who is publishing the book?
See answerPenguin Random House. We were encouraged to tell this story on a large scale and Penguin’s Adrian Zackheim and his talented team are bringing this concept to reality. Hide answer
7. How was the title and subtitle chosen? What were some of the titles and subtitles not chosen?
See answerThrough the writing and editing process, we eventually selected a title that summed up the message of the book and resonated with all involved: Everybody Matters. The subtitle further explains the title and gives the reader a hint as to what is inside. During a meeting at Penguin Random House in NYC, Simon Sinek, Bob Chapman and Adrian Zackheim bounced ideas off one another and came to the subtitle: “The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.” We loved all our titles we created, but this title/subtitle combination reflects the message of the book perfectly and serves as a warning to those looking at the cover that this is not your typical management read. “The Human Imperative” and “Truly Human Leadership” were a couple of titles we had early in the process. Hide answer
8. Who wrote the foreword?
See answerSimon Sinek, author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last, and long-time friend, and admirer of Barry-Wehmiller, graciously agreed to write the foreword. Years back Simon visited our organization and came to the conclusion that since his ideas existed in reality at Barry-Wehmiller he could no longer be called a nutty idealist. His praise also came with a challenge. After learning about Barry-Wehmiller he told us if we didn’t share this with the world we were selfish people. His challenge is a big part of why this book was published! Hide answer
9. Is it available in other versions: paperback, e-book?
See answerOur publisher tells us that books generally transition to paperback only after the hardcopy sales slow. Here’s to hoping it won’t be in paperback for a while! You can order an e-book today, to be delivered to your preferred device. Hide answer
10. Will the book be translated into other languages?
See answerWe hope so! Our publisher tells us if the book sells well in English and has demand from publishers in other countries outside the US it has the chance to be translated and published in other languages as well. Hide answer
11. What’s the best way to get a more in-depth look at the content and the people featured in the book?
See answerBob’s blog, trulyhumanleadership.com contains expanded versions of many of the stories featured in the book, and much more. It’s regularly updated with new stores and thoughts from Bob, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a post! Hide answer
12. How do I stay updated on media and other activities before and after the publish date?
See answerThis website will be updated regularly with all the latest developments. You’ll also find them at trulyhumanleadership.com and barrywehmiller.com. We also encourage you to follow us on social media:
• Twitter (@barrywehmiller)
14. Do you have any resources to help organizations achieve what you describe in the book?
See answerYes! We recognize that some organizations will want more than the book. We have created the BW Leadership Institute for just this purpose. The Leadership Institute is actively looking for organizations who believe what we believe and seek assistance in facilitating their journey. Not a consulting profit center for Barry-Wehmiller, the Leadership Institute is practitioner-based and seeks to share the lessons and successes in a way outside organizations can make their own. Hide answer
15. Who should I talk to if I have other questions?
See answerFor more information, please contact Mary Rudder, Barry-Wehmiller Global Messaging Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hide answer
16. Where will proceeds from Everybody Matters go?
See answerAll Barry-Wehmiller proceeds from Everybody Matters will be donated to Our Community LISTENS, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing powerful Communication Skills Training to communities throughout the United States. Hide answer
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