Everybody Matters

The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
Narrated by: Steven Menasche
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Business, Leadership
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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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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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great business plan

loved it people are what matter. clearly shows in how they do things. was interesting to hear

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Inspiring and Brilliant

Raj is changing the world one reader and one convert at a time. He writes of what surely will be the future of businesses that survive and thrive.

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Great truths in this book

Good blueprint on how to truly revolutionize your business for good. The effects will benefit your whole life. Highly recommend

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Great story of victory through empathy

If you can work through the bragging and long stories...and let go of the desire for specific details on how to institute the process - there’s great info on how to think about becoming a people-centric company.

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Lacking is the best word....

First off I have read many management and culture books and tend to be an expressive person so I understand the principles of everybody matters and caring.

This is well below average and sounds like an advertisement for Barry way miller more than a help your own company guide. It honestly just tells you to care and how to implement their system which is only explained as convincing people to care and give out awards. the story from 2007-08 crash and how they handled it was a rare gem in this book but still doesn't explain in detail the actual how to achieve.

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Culture equals values plus behavior

An outstanding and uplifting read on the power of knowing why you do whatnot do. Great ideas on how to lead in the modern world with the focus being on people and how to inspire them. I highly recommend this book.

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The title says it all.

Every employee does matter. Their thoughts and experiences all add value. The most important part of any organization is it’s employees.