Everybody Matters Podcast: Q&A with Bob Chapman pt. 1

A few weeks ago, we asked followers of Barry-Wehmiller on social media to send in questions that I would answer on the Everybody Matters Podcast.

We were overwhelmed by the response! We appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of everyone who submitted their questions. There were so many, the answers will be spread across multiple episodes of the podcast. I enjoyed the dialogue with you all so much, we may take questions like this on a regular basis.

In this time of Thanksgiving in the U.S. we are very thankful for all of the Barry-Wehmiller teammates around the world who are a daily inspiration and we’re thankful for you, loyal readers and followers, who help spread our message of Truly Human Leadership.

Below the podcast embed, you’ll find all the questions asked on this episode.

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Questions asked this episode:

I work for the fire brigade in Australia and therefore the government l don’t know where to start as the Organisation is large and everyone seems to just want to get through to retirement and those in power don’t dare make a decision for fear of the government

Mr. Chapman, What is the first step towards an employee-centric culture?

Hi Bob, my question to you is what was the hardest thing you had to do as a leader?

Bob – I’ve always admired Barry Wehmiller’s values-centered approach. When did you most recently time leverage one of your organization’s core values and what impact did that help you create?

My question for Bob is, “what is one humanistic skill that you are stretching right now and why? e.g. listening, courage, presencing etc

What fundamentally drove you to want to work in a ‘corporate’ business environment initially and how does that differ, perhaps to how you feel now?
What do you see as some of the most common communications misunderstandings you have experienced or noticed 30 years ago (for example) as compared to now?
In the age of social media and online communications, what do you see are some of the ways we can retain ‘professionalism’ in communication without being viewed as ‘old fashioned’.
What is your definition of ‘professionalism’ and has its tenets changed for you over the years?

What are, in your view, the four most essential abilities-competencies to cultivate for a CEO to carry out successfully effective leadership?

What are the top one or two qualities you look for when hiring a leader? (And, if you’re willing, how do you go about identifying that a given candidate has those qualities)?

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 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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