“Bob Chapman, CEO of the manufacturing company Barry-Wehmiller, is on a mission to change the way businesses treat their employees.” – Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1885, the manufacturing company, Barry-Wehmiller, struggled for decades, often on the verge of bankruptcy. But when a "miraculous" event propelled the company into prosperity, their work-force grew exponentially. Chapman had been taught in business school that management is all about control, and micro-managing people. He viewed his employees merely as the "functions they served". Receptionist, Engineer, Custodian. However, in 1997 Chapman himself was transformed through a series of epiphanies. He realized that every single person working at Barry-Wehmiller is "someone's precious child". He realized as a leader he had been given a tremendous responsibility to CARE for the 11,000 people who work for him. Out of that came a dramatic change in the way Barry-Wehmiller started doing business. Instead of looking at people like employees, they were viewed as family. He called it Truly Human Leadership, a concept that has drawn the attention of thought leaders like Simon Sinek and Amy Cuddy, resulting in a Harvard University Case Study and made Chapman a sought after speaker.
Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity, and business performance. The company utterly rejects the idea that employees are simply functions, to be moved around, "managed" with carrots and sticks, or discarded at will. Instead, Barry-Wehmiller manifests the reality that every single person matters, just like in a family. That’s not a cliché on a mission statement; it’s the bedrock of the company’s success.
During tough times a family pulls together, makes sacrifices together, and endures short-term pain together. If a parent loses his or her job, a family doesn’t lay off one of the kids. That’s the approach Barry-Wehmiller took when the Great Recession caused revenue to plunge for more than a year. Instead of mass layoffs, they found creative and caring ways to cut costs, such as asking team members to take a month of unpaid leave. As a result, Barry-Wehmiller emerged from the downturn with higher employee morale than ever before.
This documentary short film based on the best selling business book "Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for your People Like Family" highlights Chapman’s journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration. It also provides inspiration to transform your own workplace, whether you lead two people or two hundred thousand. Chapman is the first to admit that his company isn't perfect yet while the Barry-Wehmiller way isn’t easy, it IS simple.
"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."
Cast & Crew
- © 2016 Fifth Floor Vault Films
- English (Subtitles, Stereo)
- Dutch (Subtitles), French (Subtitles), German (Subtitles), Hungarian (Subtitles), Italian (Subtitles), Japanese (Subtitles), Portuguese (Subtitles), Simplified Chinese (Subtitles), Spanish (Subtitles), Swedish (Subtitles)
- Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.