Everybody Matters Podcast: Michael Gelb, Genius Thinking for Better Workplaces

One of our most impactful stories illustrating Barry-Wehmiller’s philosophy of responsible freedom is that of Jimmy, who works in our BW Papersystems company.

You can read the full story in a past post. To summarize, at one point it had been so long since anyone actually listened to Jimmy, he stopped giving his ideas or suggestions and was written off as “lazy.” That was wrong in so many ways. When we finally invited him to share his thoughts, it revolutionized not only his personal satisfaction, but also the efficiency of his work. It became more fulfilling for him and a more productive part of our business.

True leaders create space for individuals to be passionate about their work and feel a sense of ownership. Nobody wants to be managed, bossed or supervised. We must inspire creativity in our people. Those ideas are the backbone of a culture of continuous improvement and a culture where people feel like they matter.

Michael Gelb has been applying the principles of genius thinking to personal, leadership and organizational development for more than 40 years. He has worked to inspire creativity in the workplace and his journey has led him to my friend and Everybody Matters co-author, Raj Sisodia. This fall, they will release a new book, The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World.

Michael joins Brent Stewart and Mary Rudder on this week’s Everybody Matters Podcast to talk about inspiration, creativity and how that leads to helping people in organization feel like they matter.

The Everybody Matters Podcast is available for free on iTunes where you can easily download it straight to your computer or mobile device. We encourage you to subscribe to the Everybody Matters podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. It is also available on Spotify and You Tube. You can download the podcast here or listen straight from the player below:

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $2+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 11,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

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