• Everybody Matters

  • The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
  • By: Bob Chapman, Raj Sisodia
  • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (344 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Starting in 1997, Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller 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. That's not a cliché on a mission statement; it's the bedrock of the company's success.

During tough times a family pulls together, makes sacrifices together, and endures short-term pain together. If a parent loses his or her job, a family doesn't lay off one of the kids. That's the approach Barry-Wehmiller took when the Great Recession caused revenue to plunge for more than a year. Instead of mass layoffs, they found creative and caring ways to cut costs, such as asking team members to take a month of unpaid leave. As a result Barry-Wehmiller emerged from the downturn with higher employee morale than ever before.

It's natural to be skeptical when you first hear about this approach. Every time Barry-Wehmiller acquires a company that relied on traditional management practices, the new team members are skeptical, too. But they soon learn what it's like to work at an exceptional workplace where the goal is for everyone to feel trusted and cared for - and where it's expected that they will justify that trust by caring for each other and putting the common good first.

Chapman and coauthor Raj Sisodia show how any organization can reject the traumatic consequences of rolling layoffs, dehumanizing rules, and hypercompetitive cultures. Once you stop treating people like functions or costs, disengaged workers begin to share their gifts and talents toward a shared future. Uninspired workers stop feeling that their jobs have no meaning. Frustrated workers stop taking their bad days out on their spouses and kids. And everyone stops counting the minutes until it's time to go home.

This audiobook chronicles Chapman's journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration. It also provides clear steps to transform your own workplace, whether you lead two people or 200,000. While the Barry-Wehmiller way isn't easy, it is simple. As the authors put it:

"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."

©2015 Bob Chapmam, Raj Sisodia (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

" 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)
"Bob Chapman, CEO of the $1.7 billion manufacturing company Barry-Wehmiller, is on a mission to change the way businesses treat their employees." ( Inc. Magazine)

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A Much Better Read

The performance of the narrator for this book is so bad that it detracted from the overall value of the book. As a reading assignment for work and having a full schedule, I felt that listening to the book would be the best option for getting it read on time. After listening to about half of the book, I committed to reading the remainder because of the audio performance. I had co-workers purchase the audio books well for the same reason I did and both ended up reading it because they too could not tolerate the narrator's performance. I would recommend the book, just not the audio version.

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what really matters are undervalued people.

great real life examples of what really matters at the human level. leveraging your human assets.

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Good business book but not unique

This is a good book on how to lead and care about everyone in your business and was likey a radical differentiator when Barry Wehmiller started operating this way in the 1980s.

If you read widely on the topic of organizational management, leadership, and resonance, then it is likely that none of the material here is unique or profound. If this is your first book on the topic, then go for it. If it is your one hundredth book, you can skip it.

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Wow

This book presented business and management in a way that is missing in our business schools. As I prepare to graduate and move back into the working world, I will be better equipped for truer success because of this book.

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Changed the way I lead

This book changed the way I lead. It helped me reconcile my purpose as child of God with my career as an executive. Life changing indeed!

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Excellent, Real-world, Case Study

love this book. I bought a printed copy. have listened to audible copy four times, plus some bits and pieces. in my Authentic Leadership Development course experience at Harvard Business Executive Education, I recommended this book to my classmates as a compatible addition to the curriculum. great stuff!

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Must Read for all people

Overall I liked this book. it covered a lot of useful leadership topics and examples. My one complaint is the number of examples can be a little overkill.

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Life Changing

This book is truly amazing! I plan to share it with the Leaders in my circle. Thank you!

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Ideas worth bringing to life

Excellent book that all leaders should listen to in order to build a better culture.

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I love this book

I really love this book. I own the book and have read it twice and now I have listened.