Enriching Our Community: NORC

At Barry-Wehmiller, one of the ways we live our vision of measuring success by the way we touch the lives of others is by giving our time and talent as volunteers in our communities. Throughout the organization, dedicated Community Enrichment Teams identify worthy groups and causes and organize volunteer opportunities to support them. I consider it some of the most important work we do.

Watch this story about a non-profit organization that has found its way into our hearts.

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.

4 Comments

  • Mohammad Babar says:

    Bob,

    That’s all well and good but you must agree that in the grand scheme of things applying a band-aid to a festering wound is not going to stop the bleeding, especially when you rip off the band-aid as soon as you even apply it.

    Why do organizations like NORC and their ilk exist to begin with? Could it be that their raison d’être is inherently an outcome of the social and environmental rapaciousness that is rampant US Capitalism? Could it be that a society that worships at the foot of the altar of profits-at-all-expense, a culture obsessed with crass materialism and individualism, a people driven to the point of having to serve their corporate masters before their families and communities will inevitably lead to rips in the social fabric that then breed organizations like NORC that then have to beg to try to mend the very fabric that supports the very system that’s ripping it apart?

    While it may be laudable to subsidize your employees for “comunity service”, wouldn’t truly human leadership recognize that communities across this planet are being systematically raped by rampant hyper-Capitalism and we should ask ourselves is this what we have evolved to – deliberately undermining our souls and then applying band-aids to keep what little humanity we have left? I am sure you see it as well as I do that the issues you rail about on this blog are a direct consequence of the very economic system you foster and thrive in so unless it is drastically modified, there won’t be enough band-aids to even slow the bleeding.

    Respectfully,

    Mohammad Babar

    • Bob Chapman says:

      Mohammad:
      Your comment reminds me of a question I am often asked when on speaking engagements. After sharing stories about the incredible capacity of our associates to do great things by creating an environment in which they can thrive, I am almost always asked some version of this: “What do you do about the people who don’t get it?” I’ve just finished sharing a very positive and uplifting message and somebody goes straight to the negative! Too many people are so mired in seeing the negative in everything that they can’t muster the energy to be a positive part of change.

      Sometimes it is necessary to stop the bleeding while working to address the disease. We envision a world where everyone matters, a world where creating value for all stakeholders is the norm. We will continue to work toward that end. Along the way, our community service work with wonderful organizations like NORC create priceless experiences and lasting value for everyone involved.

      Business is not the root of all evil. As Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and former CEO of Medtronic, said in his foreword for Conscious Capitalism, “I believe that well-run, values-centered businesses can contribute to humankind in more tangible ways than any other organization in society.” –Bob

  • Helen Burnett says:

    This is a truly inspiring story of how companies should conduct themselves. I am sure the team members of Berry Wehmiller are proud to be making the world a better place with one act of kindness at a time. There is so much good in this story. It is a huge win on so many levels for absolutely everyone involved. As someone that worked in the corporate setting for many years I can say with 100% conviction that I am inspired by Bob Chapman and his people-centric leadership style. Bravo to all of you at Berry Wehmiller for making the world a better place while operating in a corporate environment.

  • Dan Aude says:

    Community service is so important and fulfilling as an individual, and when an organization such as Barry Wehmiller brings people together and gets involved in community service it multiplies the impact making a real difference in the lives of others. It’s what separates a good company from a great company!
    Dan Aude

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