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In this corporate biography, Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller (BW), a worldwide capital equipment supplier and consultancy, offers an important message for a contentious world: Be caring, and treat others with respect. Writing with Babson professor Raj Sisodia, Chapman shows how a family-owned machinery company grew globally, energized by a philosophy that put people above profits. Chapman says his firm measures its “success by the way we touch the lives of people,” and his stories of the impact individual employees have had on the company support that idea. The authors discuss BW’s unique corporate culture, origins, growth and acquisitions, celebrations and continuing education opportunities as examples of employee-relations policies that work. Chapman is quite candidly self-promotional and you might sigh at his cheerleader attitude, but getAbstract finds that the book’s main message of treating employees with love and respect deserves attention and recommends it to entrepreneurs and executives at all levels.

In this book, you will learn

  • How the Barry-Wehmiller global equipment and consulting firm began and grew,
  • Why it treats employees like family, and
  • How leaders can improve a toxic work environment.

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About the Authors

Bob Chapman is CEO and chairman of Barry-Wehmiller. Babson College business professor Raj Sisodia is the co-author of Conscious Capitalism.


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