BABSON MANAGEMENT PROFESSOR CO-AUTHORS BOOK ON ‘CARING FOR YOUR PEOPLE LIKE FAMILY’
Babson College Professor Raj Sisodia, a leading figure in the Conscious Capitalism movement, and Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $2 billion privately-held capital equipment and engineering consulting giant, have co-authored Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.
Sisodia and Chapman tell the story of how Barry-Wehmiller envisioned and implemented a new kind of business culture, one that puts people first and cares for employees like family, and turned it into years of highly profitable growth in a difficult market.
The book reveals that the most important time to treat employees better is when things aren’t going well. Barry-Wehmiller has grown by buying companies that are in a downward spiral (and taking it out on their people), and then turning them around by giving workers the freedom and recognition they deserve.
In the United States, an estimated 88 percent of the workforce - 130 million people - go home every day feeling that they work for an organization that doesn’t listen to or care about them. Bob Chapman has countered this statistic by doing more for his employees than possibly any CEO in America, and doing it in the least likely industry: manufacturing. The authors believe that if this employee-centered model can be successful in manufacturing, it can be effective everywhere.
Using the inspiring, true stories of employees, Sisodia and Chapman show how any company, in any industry, anywhere in the world, can embrace this approach - rejecting the traumatic consequences of rolling layoffs, dehumanizing rules, and hypercompetitive cultures. They illustrate the importance of trusting employees in order to build a productive company where people actually enjoy coming to work each and every day.
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.”
About the Authors
Raj Sisodia is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. and co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism, with John P. Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.
Bob Chapman is the Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $2 billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting company. A combination of almost 80 acquired companies spread among 10 operating companies with 9,000 team members around the world, Barry-Wehmiller’s vision is to use the power of business to build a better world. Since beginning in 1885 as a small Midwestern-USA-based pasteurizer and bottle washer business, privately-owned Barry-Wehmiller has grown into a global supplier of manufacturing technology, serving a diverse platform of industries: packaging, paper converting, sheeting, corrugating, engineering, and IT consulting.
About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds ®. The top-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action ® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.