Sharing Our Message: Forbes

“This is not just a feel-good story, although the story does feel good. It’s a road map for the leadership journey that can have lots of potholes and a few detours. As with any good map, this one can help you arrive safely at your desired destination.”

I was recently interviewed by Rodger Dean Duncan for Forbes. It’s always an honor to be approached by media outlets that are interested in what we are doing at Barry-Wehmiller. It’s a recognition of the daily hard work of our people to maintain and advance our culture of caring, but it’s also an opportunity to talk about Truly Human Leadership and the impact it can have in our world today.

As I say in the article, our vision is that business could be a powerful force for good in the world if we developed leaders who have the skill and the courage to care for those in their span of care—with the goal of sending them home each day knowing that who they are and what they do matters. When people feel safe, cared for and valued at work, they treat their loved ones better than when they feel used for someone else’s success.

Machinery can increase productivity in measurable increments, and new processes can create significant efficiencies. However, only people can stun you with quantum leaps. Only people can earn ten times what even they thought they could. Only people can exceed your wildest dreams, and only people can make you feel great at the end of the day. Everything we consider valuable in life and business begins and ends with people.

With that in mind, I’m happy to speak whenever given the opportunity because our message is so important and needs to be heard by as many people as possible.

In addition to this Forbes article, I was a guest on three podcasts that were released in the last couple of weeks:

10 Things You Should Know about Stakeholder Capitalism by the Institute for Corporate Transformation

Show Up as a Leader with Dr. Rosie Ward

Working on Purpose with Dr. Alise Cortez

I hope that what I say in these interviews inspires you and helps you in your leadership journey. Hopefully, inspiration leads to action. It is so needed right now. The way we lead impacts the way people live.

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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